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July 13, 1929


JAMA. 1929;93(2):129-131. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710020045024

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The Pre-Roman Inhabitants of England  Sir Arthur Keith delivered his presidential address at the annual congress of the South-Eastern Union of Scientific Societies on "The Pre-Roman Inhabitants of Southern England." He described skeletons that had been discovered in shallow graves on the South Downs. Common cranial characteristics showed that they had some affinity to the "beaker" people who began to swarm into England from central and northwestern Europe about 2000 B. C. There was evidence that these grew and ground grain, kept domesticated cattle, had looms, hunted, and made pottery. Discoveries in Belgium showed that the men who dug in the chalk-downs there were the same kind of folk and carried on the same industry. There was much yet to be found out about the "beaker" invasion of England, which began about 2000 B. C. or soon after. This people seemed to have prevailed in England for many centuries. As

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