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Linking Primitive Civilisation

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Linking Primitive Civilisation is an article published in the Hampshire Telegraph and Sussex Chronicle on 30 march 1889.

Report of a lecture Polynesian Antiquities as a Link between the Primitive Civilisations of South-Eastern Asia and America of the Portsmouth Literary and Scientific Society held in Portsmouth on 26 march 1889, attended by Arthur Conan Doyle where he spoke as well after the lecture.

Linking Primitive Civilisation

The concluding ordinary meeting of the Portsmouth Literary and Scientific Society for the present season was held on Tuesday evening, when the chair was occupied by Dr. Axford, the President. There was a particularly large attendance of members and lady friends. In reading a paper entitled "Polynesian Antiquities as a link between the Primitive Civilisations of South-Eastern Asia and America," the Rev. Francis Allen, M.A., touched upon the animal and vegetable remains, which were found on the American continent and in South-Eastern Asia, gave descriptions of the inhabitants in Peru, their surroundings, their sun worship, their monuments, their relics, and their traditions; and in support of his theory that there were links between the civilisation of South-Eastern Asia and America, he urged that Polynesian elements were found in America itself. The migrations of tribes and people were fully detailed, and in summing up the lecturer said he considered it was fully proved that in early times the Polynesian race was a very powerful one, not being split up and divided as now; and that the migration probably took place in two lines, the one coming from Japan, and the other through the eastern islands to Peru. — General Harward proposed a vote of thanks to the lecturer, but having been in contact with the people of Malay he said he was indisposed to believe that they could have had any hand in the building of those huge pyramids to which reference had been made, for the people were indolent. — The Rev. H. Egan Desmond seconded the resolution, which was supported by Mr. J. Hay, who remarked that the subject of the lecturer had opened out a wide field of conjecture. — Dr. Conan Doyle also joined in the discussion, as did Dr. C. C. Claremont, Captain Ommanney, and the President. The vote was carried unanimously, and the lecturer having replied the meeting terminated.