By Michael Petraglia, Richard Potts
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He gained information, it is true, by experience and his own effort, as he and every other human being did and will, but this wrought his own education and was not for the purpose of educating those around him. Similarly, Paleolithic objects were considered objects of individual expression, changes identifiable through comparison of objects through time: He made these things because they were pleasing to him, and he (each man) decided for himself what was pleasing. These works of art were the material expression of the delight of their maker.
2. It is a museum of research, by reason of the policy which aims to make its contents serve as fully as possible as a stimulus to and a foundation for the students of scientific investigators. Research is a necessary part of the work, in order that the collections may be properly identified and arranged. Its officers are selected for their capacity as investigators, as well as for their ability as custodians, and its treasures are open to the use of any trustworthy student. 3. It is an educational museum of the broadest type, by reason of its policy of illustrating by specimens of every group of natural objects and, so far as it may prove practicable, such other collections as may be found useful for the instruction of the public which are explained by displaying descriptive labels adapted to the popular mind, and by its policy of distributing its publications and its named series of duplicates.
Accordingly, man sought the caves of the country for protection against cold. Here have been found repeated many hundred times the evidences of his occupation, in the shape of tools, implements, art-work, like spears, scrapers, harpoons, bonepoints, needles, &c, &c. The necessity for clothes, it may be assumed, produced his first attempt in that direction; accordingly, we find the flint scraper with which he could dress hides, and the bone point and needle, which with the sinew of the killed animal, he would sew the skins together and make them into a covering.
The Old World Paleolithic and the Development of a National Collection by Michael Petraglia, Richard Potts