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Manners and Monuments of Prehistoric Peoples   By: (1818-1904)

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In "Manners and Monuments of Prehistoric Peoples" by Jean-François-Albert du Pouget Nadaillac, readers are taken on an enlightening journey through the fascinating world of prehistoric societies. This comprehensive and insightful book offers a detailed exploration of the manners, customs, and material culture of early humans, shedding light on their everyday lives and remarkable achievements.

One of the strengths of Nadaillac's work lies in his meticulous research and in-depth analysis of prehistoric artifacts and archaeological findings. Drawing upon various sources, the author provides a wealth of information on topics such as the development of language, the progression of artistic expression, and the evolution of societal structures. Readers are treated to a rich tapestry of prehistoric life, painting a vivid picture of our ancestors' ingenuity and resourcefulness.

Moreover, Nadaillac's clear and engaging writing style ensures that even readers with limited knowledge of archaeology or anthropology can easily comprehend and appreciate the wealth of information presented. The author strikes a perfect balance between scientific rigor and accessibility, making this book a valuable resource for both experts in the field and curious laypersons.

The book is organized thematically, which allows for a systematic exploration of different aspects of prehistoric cultures. From the earliest known human species to the development of agriculture and the rise of complex societies, Nadaillac takes readers on a chronological journey throughout prehistory. Each chapter is filled with thought-provoking insights, and the author skillfully combines theoretical discourse with vivid descriptions of archaeological sites and artifacts.

Additionally, the inclusion of numerous illustrations, maps, and diagrams greatly enhances the reading experience. These visual aids not only reinforce the author's explanations but also provide readers with a visual understanding of the topics discussed. This visual element adds a layer of excitement and further immerses readers into the fascinating world of prehistoric peoples.

Despite its immense value as a comprehensive study, the book may appear slightly dated to modern readers. Originally published in the late 19th century, some of the theories presented by Nadaillac may have been superseded by more recent archaeological discoveries and advancements in the field. However, this does not significantly detract from the overall quality and relevance of the book, as it remains a valuable resource for understanding the foundations of prehistoric societies.

In conclusion, "Manners and Monuments of Prehistoric Peoples" is a masterful work that offers a captivating glimpse into the world of our ancient ancestors. Jean-François-Albert du Pouget Nadaillac's meticulous research, engaging writing style, and use of visual aids make this book a must-read for anyone interested in delving into the mysteries of prehistory. Whether you are an expert or a novice, this comprehensive exploration of ancient cultures will surely leave you with a deeper appreciation for the remarkable achievements of our distant relatives.

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Manners and Monuments of Prehistoric Peoples

by The Marquis de Nadaillac

Translated by

Nancy Bell (N. D'Anvers)

Translator's Note

The present volume has been translated, with the author's consent, from the French of the Marquis de Nadaillac. The author and translator have carefully brought down to date the original edition, embodying the discoveries made during the progress of the work. The book will be found to be an epitome of all that is known on the subject of which it treats, and covers ground not at present occupied by any other work in the English language.

Nancy Bell (N. D'Anvers).

Southbourne On Sea,



Chapter Page I. The Stone Age, its Duration, and its Place in Time 1 II. Food, Cannibalism, Mammals, Fish, Hunting and Fishing, Navigation 47 III. Weapons, Tools, Pottery; Origin of the Use of Fire, Clothing, Ornaments; Early Artistic Efforts 79 IV. Caves, Kitchen Middings, Lake Stations, "Terremares," Crannoges, Burghs, "Nurhags," "Talayoti," and "Truddhi" 127 V. Megalithic Monuments 174 VI. Industry, Commerce, Social Organization; Fights, Wounds and Trepanation 231 VII. Camps, Fortifications, Vitrified Forts; Santorin; the Towns upon the Hill of Hissarlik 279 VIII... Continue reading book >>

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