Darwin-L Message Log 2:154 (October 1993)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<2:154>From BDHUME@ucs.indiana.edu  Fri Oct 29 13:47:54 1993

Date: Fri, 29 Oct 93 13:51:29 EST
From: BDHUME@ucs.indiana.edu
Subject: Re: caveman
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu

Caves were the locale of many an early excavation.  Individuals like
William Buckland and Georges Cuvier, however spent a lot of time
discrediting claims for human antiquity based on cave evidence
because they saw too many natural and human causes working against
dating -- such as floods that would mix remains, or intrusive burial.
The open site work by individuals such as Boucher de Perthes were much
harder to discredit, but even Boucher's early work was criticized (although
not for his excavation so much as his interpretation).

Brad Hume
Phd Student -- Indiana University

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