Finding Time for the Old Stone Age: A History of Palaeolithic Archaeology and Quaternary Geology in…

Hardcover | August 16, 2007

byAnne OConnor

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Finding Time for the Old Stone Age explores a century of colourful debate over the age of our earliest ancestors. In the mid nineteenth century curious stone implements were found alongside the bones of extinct animals. Humans were evidently more ancient than had been supposed - but just howold were they? There were several clocks for Stone-Age (or Palaeolithic) time, and it would prove difficult to synchronize them. Conflicting timescales were drawn from the fields of geology, palaeontology, anthropology, and archaeology. Anne O'Connor draws on a wealth of lively, personalcorrespondence to explain the nature of these arguments. The trail leads from Britain to Continental Europe, Africa, and Asia, and extends beyond the world of professors, museum keepers, and officers of the Geological Survey: wine sellers, diamond merchants, papermakers, and clerks also proposedtimescales for the Palaeolithic. This book brings their stories to light for the first time - stories that offer an intriguing insight into how knowledge was built up about the ancient British past.

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Finding Time for the Old Stone Age explores a century of colourful debate over the age of our earliest ancestors. In the mid nineteenth century curious stone implements were found alongside the bones of extinct animals. Humans were evidently more ancient than had been supposed - but just howold were they? There were several clocks for...

Anne O'Connor was formerly a Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology, Durham University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.1 inPublished:August 16, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199215472

ISBN - 13:9780199215478

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Table of Contents

1. Before the Stone Age Existed2. Arguments over the Ice Age3. Ancient Dwellers on the Thames Valley4. River-Drift Men and Cave Men5. Background to the Eolith Debates6. Moir and his Pre-Palaeolithic Sequence7. Chronologies of the Early Twentieth Century8. Swanscombe: A Standard Stone-Age Sequence for Britain9. The Advent of the Abbe Breuil10. Geological Re-Shuffling and the Growth of SuspicionConclusion