The Prehistoric Foundations of Europe to the Mycenean Age

The Prehistoric Foundations of Europe to the Mycenean Age

The Prehistoric Foundations of Europe to the Mycenean Age

The Prehistoric Foundations of Europe to the Mycenean Age

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This book first took shape as a smaller volume, designed to interpret only the prehistoric collections of the British Museum and other museums in London, and I have to thank Sir George Hill and Dr. R. E. M. Wheeler both for its original inception and, together with the publishers, for the change of plan that has given it its present form.

My acknowledgements to the Trustees of the British Museum, and to those others who have generously allowed me to reproduce illustrations from various sources, will be found overleaf; here I should wish only to add my gratitude to the Director of the Museum and to the past and present Keepers of British Antiquities there, Mr. Reginald Smith and Mr. T. D. Kendrick, from whom I have learnt and received so much. For the rest, I have tried to see my subject as a whole, and to bring out the sense of a basic European unity which has been borne in upon me so strongly by the study of prehistory. I have tried to form my own judgement on the many issues of specialist controversy involved, and have not hesitated to interpret the story as I see it, rather than offer simply a compilation of the views of others. But, since one mind owes what it sees necessarily in the main to others' work, I wish above all to express my deep indebtedness to my masters and fellow-workers in prehistoric studies, not only in this country but throughout Europe. Something of this will appear from my bibliography, but it really goes much further than that. The feeling of solidarity and friendship between archaeologists of many nations has truly been, in the last twenty years, among the forces making for the intellectual harmony of our civilization, and I know that it will not be killed. Lastly, I owe more than I can say to the good counsel and long- sustained encouragement of my wife.

C. F. C. H.

BRITISH MUSEUM, LONDON, W.C.1December 1939 . . .

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