THERE was no science of antiquity prior to the nineteenth century. There was ample literature of the ancient world, but ancient things had not been rescued or read to clarify the record; to bring back the actual touch with the ancient life. The nineteenth century brought into the world a class of scholars who were to demonstrate that cultural records, independent of letters, constitute bona fide history of humanity. There were not many of them. A quarter of a hundred names will include the entire list whose works supplied the fuel that kept my interest aflame. (You students who have to wade through a bibliography of three or four hundred dreary titles in preparing a small thesis, think how fortunate I was!) I do not mean to say that there were no other great archæologists and ethnologists of the nineteenth century -- simply that, so far as I was concerned, these were the beacon lights. Here is the roll of immortals:
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Publication information: Book title: Ancient Andean Life. Contributors: Edgar L. Hewett - Author. Publisher: The Bobbs-Merrill Company. Place of publication: Indianapolis, IN. Publication year: 1939. Page number: 277.
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