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Notes and Queries on Anthropology: Its influence on Pacific prehistoric archaeology at the turn of the 20th century

Michelle Richards


Instructions for travellers on the collection of archaeological objects were published in the first 1874 edition of Notes and Queries on Anthropology. The archives of the Royal Geographical Society, the Royal Anthropological Institute, and the British Museum were searched to investigate what influence Notes and Queries on Anthropology had on pioneering field archaeologists in the Pacific at the turn of the 20th century, and how this contributed to the beginnings of prehistoric archaeological practice. This paper assesses the archaeological legacies left to us from the expeditions of three early pioneers: Frederick William Christian (1867–1934), William Scoresby Routledge (1859–1939) and Katherine Routledge (1866–1935).


field methods; specialisation; history of prehistoric archaeology; Pacific collections; questionnaire

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ISSN (print) 1179 4704; ISSN (online) 1179 4712
Published with the assistance of the Department of Anthropology & Archaeology, University of Otago.
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