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Page 203 - Marvejols) before the meeting of the French Association for the Advancement of Science, at Lille, treated of the curious artificial perforations common among the neolithic skulls of the Lozere.
Page 246 - Honour to the dead and propitiation of the spirits of the departed seem to have been the two leading ideas that, both in the East and West gave rise to the erection of these hitherto mysterious structures which are found numerously scattered over the face of the Old World. In somewhat the same vein are the words of Mr. John Stuart : The remains of most ancient people attest that greater and more enduring labor and art have been expended on the construction of tombs for the dead than in abodes for...
Page 123 - Sea-bathing at Pornic is a sociable and amusing pastime. Friends, neighbors, and young people given to flirtation put on their coquettish bathing-dresses, and play about in the water in company. In spite of the intense heat, Pornic is as crowded as it can be during the season, though there seems to be no other attraction but the aforesaid constitutional sea-walks.
Page 241 - Ferguson's three conclusions are, "that they are generally sepulchral, or connected with the rites of the dead ; second, they are not temples in any usual or appropriate sense of the term ; and lastly, that they were generally erected by partially civilized races, after they had come into contact with the Romans, and most of them may be considered as belonging to the first ten centuries of the Christian Era.
Page 241 - Without laying too much stress on the nakedness and blue paint of our ancestors, all history, and the testimony of the barrows, would lead us to suppose that the inhabitants of this island, before the Romans occupied it, were sparse, poor in physique, and in a very low state of civilization. Though their national spirit may have been knocked out of them, they must have increased in number, in physical comfort, and in civilization during the four centuries of peaceful prosperity of the Roman domination...
Page 322 - Ce, renowned for its pretty girls and windmills. This curious village is built storey-wise ; that is to say, the old part of it lies low down in the Loire valley, and is often under water, whilst the new is built on a much higher level, and offers a refuge to the inhabitants of the former, whenever an inundation happens. It is a quaint old-world place, and, as you drive over the...
Page 322 - ... whilst nearer the overhanging rocks, and the rows of windmills perched so airily on their summits, like weird birds of prey, with wings folded in their eyrie, for a moment at rest, lend uniqueness to the picture.
Page 240 - As late as the time of Canute the Great, there is a statute forbidding the barbarous adoration of the sun and moon, fire, fountains, stones, and all kinds of trees and wood.