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Except in the merely superficial deposits, in peat or gravel, in the sediments of
rivers, or the caverns of rocks, the remains of men have never been found. Nor in
general have the remains of the quadrupeds most useful to man been
The works of art found in Danish peat-lx>gs are first called in evidence to
establish three successive periods when stone, bronze, and iron were used by
men, and when different kinds of trees occupied Denmark.* ' The. deposits of
peat in ...
It appears clear that the same Scotch fir was afterwards supplanted by the sessile
variety of the common oak, of which many prostrate trunks occur in the peat at
higher levels than the pines ; and still higher the pedunculated variety of the
What manner of men they were, indeed, is inferred from skulls obtained from peat
and tumuli, ' believed to be contemporaneous with the mounds.' Their crania are
small and round, with prominent supra-orbital ridges, like those of the ...
Nor, we may add, on the other hand, is there anything in the observed rate of the
growth of peat to prevent our adopting a period much shorter than 4000 years.
For if a coin of Gordian was found, as Do Luc assures us, thirty feet deep in peat,
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