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ISBN-10: 0873654013
ISBN-13: 9780873654012
Publisher: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University Publications Department
Publish Date: 04/30/2005
Dimensions: 8.40" L, 8.04" W, 0.41" H

Gifts of the Great River: Arkansas Effigy Pottery from the Edwin Curtiss Collection

Foreword by: Ian W Brown

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Overview

In 1879 Edwin Curtiss set out for the wild St. Francis River region of northeastern Arkansas to collect archaeological specimens for the Peabody Museum. By the time Curtiss completed his fifty-six days of Arkansas fieldwork, he had sent nearly 1,000 pottery vessels to Cambridge and had put the Peabody on the map as the repository of one of the world’s finest collections of Mississippian artifacts. John House brings us a lively account of the work of this nineteenth-century fieldworker, the Native culture he explored, and the rich legacies left by both. The result is a vivid re-creation of the world of Indian peoples in the Mississippi River lowlands in the last centuries before European contact. The volume’s focus is Curtiss’s collection of charming and expressive effigy vessels: earthenware bowls and bottles that incorporate forms of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians, and humans, including the Peabody’s famous red-and-white head vase.

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House selected works for twenty-five color plates and produced clear, informative paragraphs to accompany each photograph. The photographs themselves are spectacularly good...It is a stunning presentation, making the volume at one level an excellent coffee-table book...But it is much more than that, of course, as the excellent introduction demonstrates. In forty-one pages, House takes the reader through an introduction to the Parkin Phase, the basics of what is known or inferred about the cultural life of those prehistoric people, and a tour of the sites as they were dug by Edwin Curtiss, with many glimpses into the life of an 1880 archaeologist in the Arkansas delta.–George E. Lankford "Arkansas Historical Quarterly "
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ISBN-10: 0873654013
ISBN-13: 9780873654012
Publisher: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University Publications Department
Publish Date: 04/30/2005
Dimensions: 8.40" L, 8.04" W, 0.41" H
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