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The Old Stone Age in European Russia*

Nature volume 142, pages 693696 (15 October 1938) | Download Citation



ARCHÆLOGISTS are generally agreed as to the importance of obtaining more precise and detailed information about the actual conditions of the cultural stages of eastern Europe, of which the greatest part is European Russia. At the same time, the total of information relating to the palæolithic period in that region, which has appeared in English, French and German, is negligible ; and knowledge of the period is far from satisfactory. Dr. Golomshtok, accordingly, at the suggestion of Mr. H. H. F. Jayne, director of the University Museum of Pennsylvania, with the assistance of the Board of Managers of the Museum, and a grant from the National Research Council, has brought together all the data available, regardless of the language of publication, but so far as possible endeavouring to present the firsthand evidence of the excavator. Some idea of the importance and magnitude of his undertaking will be gathered from the fact that while Burkitt lists nine sites, MacCurdy fourteen, and Ebert and Menghin six and seven respectively, the present survey, which, it is pointed out, is not to be regarded as final, covers no fewer than 105 sites, to which must be added eight sites on which human remains have been found, without artefacts, but in association with a fossil fauna, or otherwise dated.

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