This text is part of:
Table of Contents:
 for the attainment of any sound results. But as you try to form some conclusions for youself, you will realize what an amount of interesting material is already owned and systematized by the Museum. You may despair, after a short trial, of finding correct answers for your scientific problems. At least you can enjoy standing by the broken, but bright-colored and graceful, often fantastic, shapes of Alexican and Peruvian pottery. It will recall strongly what you have read of the magnificence of those old empires. You may wonder at the perseverance and ingenuity of paleolithic man, as you look at his stone weapons and tools, or examine the millstones which ground maize perhaps thousands of years before America was “discovered.” You will leave the Museum richer and wiser. You will have a new respect for those ancient peoples who differed from ourselves, not so much in native ability as in that endowment of knowledge and experience which has accumulated for us during thousands of generations. You will be prepared to follow with new interest the researches of the men and woomen who are giving their lives to this study. It is a difficult and complicated subject. but the material now being gathered and preserved will inevitably lead to a great expansion of our present knowledge.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.