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Prehistoric Archæology, thon, is the history of men and things that have no history. All over this country and other countries of Western Europe -perhaps, indeed, all over the world-aro scattered vestiges and relics of unknown races and times--of races which existed in times before history commenced. These relics are of varioris kinds ; some so common and conspicuous as to be familiar objects, like Stonehenge and similar monuments on a smaller scale; some rarer, like the subterranean habitations in the Orkneys and the “ Picts' houses " in various parts of Scotland ; some doubtful and mysterious, like the instruments fashioned by human hands, and yet discovered in connexion with remaius thought to be older than man. It is certain, however, that in ages more or less remote there did exist people of whom, except in the discoveries thug brought to light, we have no record. If we wish to know anything of their history, we must unravel or com

place, why they were set up, and what the erection rignified ; so that any enterprising traveller may go ind see

“ Druids” actually at work in our own generation upon precisely such monuments as in this country are altogether and hopelessly prehistoric. Of course the suggestion is that these living specimens of a race lost in antiquity muy give us, or be insensibly made to yield, some information which may stand in the light of history. They actually call a stone, Dr. HOOKER tells us, by the same name as is given to it in the Celtic idioms of Wales and Brittany, though of their language venerally little is yet known. Such is the curious prospect now opened to us. Races prehistoric in these islands are not prehistoric in other parts of the world. There are countries in which tombs and places of worship are still built after the fashion of Stonehenge. Perhaps there are tribes still using exactly such knives and arrow-heads as are found in the “ drift.” At any rate, the idea of attacking the subject from this end is singularly practical, and the result, perhaps, may give an unexpected character of exactness to this last-born of sciences,

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Our British Ancestors :

WHO AND WHAT WERE THEY?

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