Notes and Queries on Anthropology

Notes and Queries on Anthropology

Notes and Queries on Anthropology

Notes and Queries on Anthropology

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In 1936 the Committee set up by Section H of the British Association for the Advancement of Science to prepare the sixth edition of Notes and Queries on Anthropology began its work. Sub-committees to supervise the work in the various sections were appointed and members nominated. An editorial committee composed of the chairmen of various sections with the addition of Dr. A. C. Haddon and Dr. C. G. Seligman was appointed. Unfortunately, owing to the death of several of the members and to the subsequent outbreak of war this plan was not carried out. In 1947 a General Committee with Professor H. J. Fleure as Chairman reviewed the situation. It was found that the only sub-committee that had functioned was that on Social Anthropology and its work was almost complete. Mr. T. K. Penniman and Miss B. M. Blackwood had revised the section on Material Culture; work on the other sections had not begun. The General Committee undertook the completion, revision and editing of the complete volume and appointed B. Z. Seligman editor. In the fifth edition the contributions were unsigned, and it was decided to carry on this practice.

Professor W. E. Le Gros Clark has kindly supervised Part I, Physical Anthropology, and I have to thank Drs. N. Barnicot, A. E. Mourant and J. S. Weiner for contributions. Besides the work done by Mr. T. K. Penniman and Miss B. M. Blackwood in Part III, contributions by the late James Hornell, Mr. A. Digby, Miss Helen H. Roberts and Mr. R. U. Sayce are gratefully acknowledged.

For Part IV, Field Antiquities, I am indebted to Dr. S. A. Huzayyin for a contribution, and much valuable help and advice from Professors D. A. E. Garrod and F. E. Zeuner.

Part II, Social Anthropology, deals mainly with the sociology of non-literate peoples, though the methods described are also suitable in general principle to studies in an advanced society. The advance in Social Anthropology has been so marked since the fifth edition of Notes and Queries in 1929 that it was found . . .

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