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History of Ancient Civilization

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Published: 1908
Language: English
Wordcount: 97,593 / 297 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 78.9
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 1,302
Added to site: 2006.02.10
mnybks.net#: 12713
Genre: History
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THE ROUGH STONE AGE

=Gravel Débris.=--The oldest remains of the Stone Age have been found in the gravels. A French scholar found between 1841 and 1853, in the valley of the Somme, certain sharp instruments made of flint. They were buried to a depth of six metres in gravel under three layers of clay, gravel, and marl which had never been broken up. In the same place they discovered bones of cattle, deer, and elephants. For a long time people made light of this discovery. They said that the chipping of the flints was due to chance. At last, in 1860, several scholars came to study the remains in the valley of the Somme and recognized that the flints had certainly been cut by men. Since then there have been found more than 5,000 similar flints in strata of the same order either in the valley of the Seine or in England, and some of them by the side of human bones. There is no longer any doubt that men were living at the epoch when the gravel strata were in process of formation. If the str

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