Prehistoric Man: Researches Into the Origin of Civilisation in the Old and the New World, Volume 2
The Scottish archaeologist and anthropologist Daniel Wilson (1816-92) spent the latter part of his life in Canada. Published in 1862, this is a ... Show synopsis The Scottish archaeologist and anthropologist Daniel Wilson (1816-92) spent the latter part of his life in Canada. Published in 1862, this is a seminal work in the study of early man in which Wilson utilises studies of native tribes 'still seen there in a condition which seems to reproduce some of the most familiar phases ascribed to the infancy of the unhistoric world'. He believed that civilisations initially developed in mild climates and judged the Mayans to have been the most advanced civilisation in the New World. Twentieth-century anthropologist Bruce Trigger argued that Wilson 'interpreted evidence about human behaviour in a way that is far more in accord with modern thinking than are the racist views of Darwin and Lubbock', and it is in this light that this two-volume work can be judged. Volume 2 covers topics ranging from ceramic arts to the influence of interbreeding and migration upon civilisations.