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WE heartily congratulate the Editor of Antiquity and his contributors on their new number. It starts out with Dr. Hooton's discussion of the ever-fresh enquiry, Where did Man originate?—a discussion which ends by rejection of the theory of a central Asiatic area whence the protohuman (is this an accepted word) stocks were dispersed, in favour of the view that the Medi
terranean zone and Northern Africa were
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he pronounces sans façon to be forgeries. Mr. C. W. Stevens writes about Ancient Writers on Britain, and Flight-Lieutenant Maitland about the "Works of the Old Men" in Arabia. Professor Sayce sets out the present position of the Aryan Problem-fifty years after." The short articles grouped under the heading Notes and News' are valuable, and most of the papers are provided with excellent illustrations.
The Mercure de France for June 15 contains an illustrated article by Dr. A. Morlet entitled 'Premières Hypothèses sur le Système de Numération des Glozéliens' which, accepting the authenticity of the finds and their neolithic origin, proceeds to discover in the scratches and crosses upon them a scheme of numeration which may even with some plausibility be guessed to be decimal. This is all very well, if the fundamental case for genuineness could be We fear the prossatisfactorily made out. pect of doing so is not bright. THOSE who are interested in the Roman of defence and occupation which have left Empire, and particularly in the armies traces in so many parts of Europe may like to note the article on the Worship of Mithras by Lieut.-Colonel Spain, published in the July Cornhill. Colonel Spain presents careful reference to archaeological discoveries. his topic most sympathetically and with In conclusion he hazards two suggestions: first, that the worship of Mithras continued that the cross-legged effigies on tombs are in secret into the Middle Ages, and secondly teristic cross-legged attitude in some sort a reminiscence of the characadopted for statues of the Mithraic Dadophori, or Torchbearers, who stood on each side of the basrelief of the Killing of the Bull in the Mithraic temples. Mr. J. R. Macphail contributes to this number a pleasant sketch-well illustrated from Boswell's letters and of Boswelliana generally. Dr. Johnson's unique admirer. Another good article-first of a series-is Mr. ing Experiences in Rhodesia, in which he H. R. Cumming's description of Huntintroduces the reader to a truly formidable Zwaart Haart Jan (Black Heart Jan) and Boer hunter, Jan van der Stell, called by the natives Kanamusa, which is to say the Cruel.
THIS last week has seen the celebration of two great centenaries of three even, if we are not too minutely, pedantically