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Finding Time for the Old Stone Age – A History of Palaeolithic Archaeology and Quaternary Geology in Britain, 1860-1960 - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Finding Time for the Old Stone Age: A History of Palaeolithic Archaeology and Quaternary Geology in Britain, 1860-1960

Anne O'Connor

Abstract

Finding Time for the Old Stone Age explores a century of colorful 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 how old 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, personal correspondence to ... More

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199215478
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199215478.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne O'Connor, author