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Our Homeland Prehistoric Antiquities, and How to Study Them

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    Mr. Clarke's little handbook on the prehistoric antiquities of Britain covers the whole subject from Eoliths to the Iron Age. One of its main objects, however, is to help the novice to discriminate between stones shaped by natural forces and those chipped by man. In so far as this is possible by means of the printed word, Mr. Clarke is a good guide, while his practical hints on where and how to look for implements will be of great assistance to those taking up field work for the first time. As it covers so wide a field the treatment is necessarily summary, while in dealing with controversial points conclusions are stated dogmatically, which, in a more ambitious work, would require extended discussion. For this reason, Mr. Clarke must be forgiven some over-hasty statements. The amount of information which he has succeeded in condensing into so small a compass is remarkable. There are few subjects connected with prehistoric peoples of these islands, whether it be their implements, their dwellings, or their modes of life, about which the beginner will not find sufficient information here to open a path to further study, and this, in a book of this type, is in itself a great achievement.

    Our Homeland Prehistoric Antiquities, and How to Study Them.

    W. G.

    Clarke

    By. (The Homeland Pocket Books, No. 13.) Pp. 139 + plates. (London: The Homeland Association, Ltd., 37–38 Maiden Lane, 1922.) 4s. 6d. net.

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