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Anthropology and Archæology

Nature volume 142, page 658 (08 October 1938) | Download Citation



THIS book is difficult to handle fairly. It aims at giving an account of the mode of life of a primitive people as it develops from the stage of the simple hunter and food-gatherer to that of the small farmer at the point of transition from the use of stone to that of metal. The author describes the culture of the old and the new stone ages, and then passes on to give an account in considerable detail of the culture of the extinct Tasmanians and of the Indians of North America, who may be said to be, in a cultural sense, no less extinct. The book is brought to a close with a description of the Abors, the little-known, and for long inaccessible, people living between the Assam valley and the Tibetan borderland. These people are taken as exemplifying in modern times a type of culture which has been shown to have existed in the stone age.

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