Random Records of a Lifetime devoted to Sciences and Art, 1846-1931 : volume VI, Aboriginal Bowlder Quarries, Piney Branch, D.C., Soapstone Quarries, Paint Mines, and Lay Figure Groups

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This is the sixth of sixteen volumes compiled by William Henry Holmes to document his life and work, primarily in the disciplines of geology, archaeology, and anthropology. Throughout the volume there are numerous pasted inserts, images, and portions of publications. It is divided into five sections. Section one covers work at the Piney Branch Bowler Quarries and City of Washington, D.C. This includes photographs of the sites with descriptions of terrain and a map with notations. At this point he had accepted a position with the Bureau of Ethnology. Section two covers work at the soapstone quarries of West Washington D.C. and nearby Virginia, documented with photographs with captions. Section three describes Aboriginal paint mines. Section four covers "ethnic lay figure groups." Section five discusses Holmes' opinions regarding "Paleolithic theory." Toward the beginning of the volume is also a list of illustrations. Throughout the volume there are numerous pasted inserts, images, and portions of publications.

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Random records of a lifetime, 1846-1931 : Cullings, largely personal, from the scrap heap of three score years and ten, devoted to science, literature and art

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