By Charles J. Cazeau, Stuart D. Scott Jr. (auth.)
The objective of this ebook is to discover a few of these nice mysteries of the earth that experience captured the preferred mind's eye, and particularly these having their roots in our specialties of archaeology and geology. the typical reader most likely is unusual with the earth sciences or the archaeological historical past of guy. Nor does the common reader have the time and literary assets to make sure all she or he reads. Our target is to lend a aiding hand via analyzing the proof that surrounds such mysteries because the legend of Atlantis and the ruins of Stonehenge, and, as logically as we will, sift fact from falsehood and exagger ation. Early guy came upon himself in an international of unbelievable mysteries: meteors streaking throughout a star-studded sky, the darkness past the campfire's glow, the sound and fury of a volcano's eruption. Our earliest ancestors have been most likely mysteries to themselves, and absolutely vulnerable to the subjectivity in their global. Fantasies could have been as a lot a formative impact as toolmaking within the early improvement of tradition. As humans collected wisdom and figuring out in their atmosphere, outdated mysteries vanished, merely to get replaced through others simply because lots used to be no longer understood.
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It is not a simple matter to put such a proposition to the test. Scientists are creatures of fact, and archaeology is a science dependent on cultural bits and pieces, the significance of which may come much later. Yet America is still a great field for new discoveries. Our subject, diffusion and superdiffusion, is, at the same time, an old and a new problem. In our next chapter, we will examine some neodiffusionist views and the kind of data that are frequently offered as evidence. The reader should remember that we are speaking from the point of view of science, governed by the procedures and methods discussed in the Introduction.
Perhaps the best-known case study of the extreme diffusionist position from the past was the Pan-Egyptian or Heliolithic Culture Theory (alluded to earlier in this chapter), which is to be found in the writings of G. Elliot Smith, The Migrations of Early Culture (1923), and W. J. Perry, The Children of the Sun (1923). The hypothesis stated that Egyptian culture, identified by associated traits of mummification, the carving of stone statues, sun worship, megalithic building construction, and other activities, spread from Egypt throughou t the world.
Professor Kidder's reconstruction does not mean thqt other visitors could not have crossed the oceans to reach America's shores during our prehistoriC past. Older, isolationist views may have to be modified. For example, after many years of nonacceptance by scientists of claims for Vikings in the New World, the first proven remains of a Norse settlement in the Americas were discovered on the northemmosttip of Newfoundland. D. 1000. And there are other interesting possibilities of prehistoric intercontinental contact.
Exploring the Unknown: Great Mysteries Reexamined by Charles J. Cazeau, Stuart D. Scott Jr. (auth.)