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Making Deep History: Zeal, Perseverance, and the Time Revolution of 1859

Clive Gamble


The time revolution of 1859 changed forever the relationship between humans and time. In the space of a calendar year, and at a furious pace, the belief that all human history could be fitted into 6,000 years was shattered. The evidence for such a fundamental change was small, handheld stone tools found in the gravel quarries of the Somme among the bones of ancient animals. The task facing the antiquarian and the geologist was formidable. The tools had to be accepted as artificial and their association with extinct animals demonstrated beyond doubt. The successful proof, made on 27 April 1859, ... More

Keywords: history, Darwin, Victorian, time revolution, geology, stone tools

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198870692
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198870692.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Clive Gamble, author
Emeritus Professor, University of Southampton