Autograph Letter Signed ('E B Tylor') from Sir Edward Burnett Tylor to 'Ethel', discussing 'dolmens & cromlechs'.

Sir Edward Burnett Tylor (1832-1917), archaeologist and anthropologist
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Linden, Wellington, Somerset. 4 September 1888.
SKU: 11671

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Fair, on aged paper. He suggests a book she should read to 'get a general idea of the facts known about dolmens & cromlechs', although the theories advanced by the author 'are not much accepted by archaeologists'. The book does provide 'some evidence of the late date they went on till', and this is 'a good corrective of the belief that they must be always of some amazing antiquity'. He points out that a 'Scandinavian King is associated with lines of stones to commemorate a battle'. 'The popular notion of Keltic or "Druidical" has I think no actual direct proof, unless Carnac &c can be really connected with that sea-fight, on which it is not easy to form an opinion.' She may 'see dolmens in Algeria like enough to the Breton ones', and it is 'difficult to give them all to one particular race'. He ends by commenting on a couple of other writers on the subject, including a 'Scotsman who lived at Carnac'.