Invention Timeline – Jacques Boucher de Perthes, French Archæologist; Called the Founder of the Science of Archaeo-GeologyThursday, November 30th, 2006
b. September 10, 1788 and d. August 10, 1868
French archæologist. He has been called the founder of the science of archaeo-geology. His reputation is founded chiefly on his work called “La Creation” (1839-1841) and his “Celtic and Antediluvian Antiquities” (1847).
Forward, backward, backward, forward, in the immeasurable
Sway’d by vaster ebbs and flows that can be known to you or
All the suns-are these but symbols of innumerable man.
Man or mind that sees a shadow of the planner in the plan?
Evolution ever climbing after some ideal good,
And Reversion ever dragging Evolution in the mud.
Many an Æon moulded earth before her highest man was
Many an Æon, too, pass when earth is manless and
1799—The famous Rosetta stone was discovered containing a decree of the Egyptian Priests in favor of Ptolemy V. (205-181 B. C.), being written in three languages, one of which was ancient Egyptian. It afforded the key by which hieroglyphics were deciphered.
1822—Jean Francois Champollion discovered the alphabetic characters of ancient Egyptian and read names of persons and places.
1856—Emmanuel de Rouge translated Egyptian text, including a poem describing the exploits of Rameses II. in his war with the Hittites.