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A MONTHLY RECORD OF
Ethnological Research and Criticism.
Contents of No. I.-July 1865. I. ETHNOLOGY ANTHROPOLOGY
DISTINCT SCIENCES ?
1. INTRODUCTORY ADDRESS ON THE STUDY OF ANTHROPOLOGY. Delivered before the Anthropological Society of London, February 24th, 1863, by JAMES Hunt, Ph.D.F.S.A., F.R S.L., Foreign Associate of the Anthropological Society of Paris ; President.
2. ANNIVERSARY ADDRESS. Delivered before the Anthropological Society of London, January 5th, 1864, by James Hunt, Ph.D., &c., &c.; President.
3. ANNIVERSARY ADDRESS, &c., &c. Delivered January 3rd, 1865, by JAMES Hunt, Ph.D., &c., &c.; President.
4. REVIEW OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE ANTHROPOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF Paris. By M. Paul Broca, SecretaryGeneral, Honorary Fellow
of the Anthropological Society of London.' Delivered June 4th, 1863. II. LUBBOCK ON THE UNITY OF MAN AND NATURAL SELECTION. III. REMARKS ON THE INADEQUACY OF MERELY ANATOMICAL
DESCRIPTIONS OF THE HUMAN CRANIUM IN THE STUDY OF
ETHNOLOGY. By THOMAS SYMES PRIDEAUX, Esq. IV. ON THE PLACE OF MAN IN THE ANIMATE SCALE. By LUKE
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Contents of No. II.- August 1865.
No. 2. By
1. Captain Wilson on “The Indian Tribes inhabiting the Vicinity of the 49th Parallel of North Latitude."
2. Dr. Donovan on “Craniology and Phrenology in relation to Ethnology."
3. Professor BELL on “Visible Speech."
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ON THE MYTHIC ASPECTS OF ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL
No. I. The current of scientific reform is at last steadily, if still slowly, setting in the direction of antiquarian criticism. The startling discoveries of the last few years in post-glacial drifts, and the almost universal recognition by the highest authorities of the important facts which they have brought to light, have broken for ever the chronological spell which had previously fixed such definite and narrow limits to human antiquity. The contemporary of long-extinct mammalia, of the mammoth and the mastodon, of the European elephant, rhinoceros, tiger, hyena, and cave bear, the being who roamed over central Europe when central Europe had an arctic climate, can no longer have his history comprised within the brief space of six thousand years, or possibly even within sixty times six thousand. And thus have the early annals of humanity been removed for ever from the custody of traditional history, while whole literatures of speculative reasonings, accumulated through thousands of years, have been swept away at once from the face of reality by the irresistible pressure of facts.
But it is clear that we cannot stop at this point, that the current cannot here be dammed up. There is no reason why the study of Danish cromlechs should not be as unshackled by history as the study of Danish Kjökkenmöddings; why we should not speak as independently of the stones of Carnak as of the pile structures of Switzerland. If we are justified in allowing the peat bogs and diluvial caverns of Britain to supersede all our preconceived notions of antiquity, it will be impossible for us to impose silence on Abury, and Stonehenge, and Silbury Hill, should they happen to unfold a picture out of harmony with the annals of Italy. It is not to be supposed that men who in one section of archæɔlogy are in the fore
most ranks of independent research will long allow themselves, in another, to play the part of mere obstructives; and therefore it is plain that the current of reform must ere long irresistibly sweep downwards from the head waters of primeval times, deepening and widening as it flows, bursting all barriers and carrying away all obstacles, until the longlost story of human struggle, and suffering, and crime, and glory shall gradually rise up before us under the magic of science, revealing a past as little, probably, like the past of our hypothetical annals as are the great truths of modern geology or astronomy like the dreams of our mediæval ignorance.
There are whole ranges of important monuments respecting which history is absolutely silent, or to which it alludes but faintly, indirectly, or conjecturally : why should we hesitate to study these on their merits, as simple scientific facts, to be judged of, stratified, and interpreted according to the recognised rules of scientific criticism? Why should we feel bound to harmonize them with chronologies or legends which have already broken down in a thousand points, and are perhaps not strictly provable in any? The entire range of American antiquities, the imposing array of the great Celtic monuments---circles, cromlechs, mounds, monoliths—and the still more imposing Cyclopean ruins of Greece, Italy, and Asia Minor --all these may be said to be imtouched by history, or, where touched, touched incongruously and ignorantly. Many of these works will, ere long, be found to be far beyond the ken of history, and, step by step, they will gradually be absorbed in the advancing dominions of science. The only wonder is that they are not taken possession of at once.
If we look into our histories with a little of that scepticism which a clearsighted criticism must naturally evoke, we shall soon see much that is not only unaccountable, but absolutely startling in its incongruity and extravagance; but perhaps, after all, the strangest thing about the matter is the easy faith with which the modern world, after so many experiences, stiil continues to accept the unproved tales of nations and times so utterly steeped in credulity as to have had a firm belief in the infinite absurdities of Greek and Roman Paganism. How can we reasonably expect that men trained in such schools, and breathing so gross an atmosphere of illusion, should have been clear-sighted and critical in matters of history?
There is surely room for grave suspicion when we find that a history which can give us day and date for Romulus, the son of Mars, and which remembers the minutest details of the battle of the Horatii and Curiatii, which can tell us how the ambitious Tullia drove her chariot over the murdered body of her father, and how the son of the tyrant Tarquin overcame with words of terror the resistance of the chaste and proud Lucretia