Students of Scripture, in those times were simply anxious for the authority of the Scriptures, not for the ascertainment of their precise historical origin.
The successive entries of the moon and planets into the nakshatras (the ascertainment of which was of great astrological importance) were fixed by means of their conjunctions with the yogataras.
This is the case with the Homeric poems, the ascertainment of the original form of which is a task beyond the powers of criticism.
(3) Foreign law can only be proved in English courts - and the same rule applies in Scotland - (a) by obtaining an opinion on the subject from a superior court of the country whose laws are in dispute under the Foreign Law Ascertainment Act 1861 or the British Law Ascertainment Act 1859, or (b) by the evidence of a lawyer of the country whose law is in question, or who has studied it in that country, or of an official whose position requires, and therefore presumes, a sufficient knowledge of that law.
The German explorers excavated the Stadium so far as was necessary for the ascertainment of all essential points.