Progress and Archæology


THIRTY years ago, most books on prehistory dealt exclusively with accounts of the various sequences of cultures which had been determined, and with the study of the material relics left by these ancient peoples. Nowadays the approach has shifted. There appears to be a greater desire to view the subject from a more human point of view. Of course, any evidence from the remote past, other than that furnished by relics which can survive, and have, must necessarily be somewhat conjectural; but so much has been learned about our forerunners and early ancestors that the attempt to visualize them as living men and women, not so unlike many of the primitive folk of to-day, is not so absurd as might at first be supposed.

Progress and Archæolog

By Dr. V. Gordon Childe. (Thinker's Library, No. 102.) Pp. vii + 120. (London: Watts and Co., Ltd., 1944.) 2s. 6d. net.

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BURKITT, M. Progress and Archæology. Nature 154, 162–163 (1944).

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