Volume 14 : Articles

The Problem of Polynesian Origin

By: John D. Hedrick and Karen Goodrich-Hedrick

Who are the Polynesians? From whom did they derive? How were they able to reach the far-flung islands of the extreme eastern Oceanic region? These are the questions that have both vexed and intrigued scholars and students of Pacific culture since the discovery of the Pacific islands. As intrepid European explorers began ven­turing into the […]

The Necropolis of Campovalano

Mysteries of Middle Adriatic Culture

By: Valerio Cianfarani

Recent excavations at Campovalano, in the Abruzzi region of Italy, have reaffirmed the exist­ence of a little-known culture which flowered in this area around the 6th century B.C., and which raises interesting questions for the archaeologist as no comparable culture is known to exist else­where in the archaic world. Whence it came; who were its […]

A Unique Method of Making Pottery

Santa Apolonia, Guatemala

By: Margaret L. Arrott

From long before dawn on Thursday morn­ings the narrow dirt road leading from San Jose Poaquil through Santa Apolonia to Tecpan be­comes a busy, purposeful thoroughfare. Many hundreds of Cakchiquel-speaking Indians, men, women and children, move down upon it from the deeper darkness of the mountains on either side. All carry enormous cargoes on their […]

Archaeological Excavation in China


By: A. Gutkind Bulling

Much too little is known in this country about archaeological work and excavations carried out in China since the People’s Republic of China was founded in 1949. In fact, the scale of work done in this field is unprecedented and perhaps surpasses excavations done in any other region of the world or by any other […]

Not For the Art Trade

By: S.A. Goudsmit

“What you dig up out of the ground is no good for the art trade.” This was the doctrine of the famous Dutch-English family Duveen-Hangjas, which had been in the art business for genera­tions. I learned that lesson in the early 1920’s in Amsterdam, then a world center for dealers in art and antiques, when […]

The Anthropologist’s Dilemma

Empathy and Analysis Among the Solomon Islanders

By: Roger Keesing

Just over a century ago white men in sailing ships began to carry off young Solomon Islanders from the coasts of the island of Malaita, to work in the sugar plantations of Australia and Fiji. Many never returned. For fifty years after that, no white man was safe ashore along the Malaitan coast without armed […]

Early Man in Southeast Asia

By: Wilhelm G. Solheim, II

New discoveries by the Thailand Fine Arts Department-University of Hawaii Archaeology Program in Northern Thailand are well on the way to revolutionizing world prehistory. The prelim­inary results of this program strongly suggest that instead of being an area of passive cultural development, owing all progress to diffusion from China and India, Southeast Asian cultures were […]

The Indian Looks at the White Man

Playing-card Portraits of the Old West

By: Virginia Wayland

Anglo artists such as Frederick Remington and George Catlin and writers such as John Gregory Bourke and Josiah Gregg have given us vivid pictures of the migration to, and settling of, the Western United States. We lean heavily on such accounts for our understanding of this period of expansion. However, we seldom stop to realize […]

Social Implications of Population Control

By: Ward H. Goodenough

The cost of modern technology and of a high material standard of living confronts us with increasing insistence. Jean Mayer has rightly observed that it is the affluent, far more than the poor, who pollute and destroy our environment. We are discovering that we cannot maintain our present standard of living for middle and upper-income […]

Seafarers and Sculptors of the Caribbean

By: Elizabeth Kennedy Easby

The original discoverers of the islands we all the Antilles or West Indies came at least 4000 years before Columbus and his band of ninety seamen. When he sighted the famous flickering light and stepped gratefully ashore next day, he lever wondered at finding the innocent and seminaked Arawaks already there, since he did not […]