ISBN-10:
0873654013
ISBN-13:
9780873654012
Pub. Date:
01/22/2004
Publisher:
Harvard
Gifts of the Great River: Arkansas Effigy Pottery from the Edwin Curtiss Collection

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

by John H. House, Ian W. BrownJohn H. House

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780873654012
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 01/22/2004
Series: Peabody Museum Collections Series , #5
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 7.58(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

John H. House is Station Archaeologist, Pine Bluff Research Station, and Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations


Foreword: Discovering the Curtiss Collection, by Ian W. Brown


Acknowledgments

Edwin Curtiss's Pioneering Archaeological Explorations in Arkansas


"This Is the Place We Have Long Sought"


"I Am Afraid that I Shall Be Interfeared with by High Water"


Color Plates

Notes


Suggested Reading

What People are Saying About This

The Peabody Museum is to be congratulated for its new Collections Series, which makes available to the general public and anthropologists alike some of its vast archaeological and ethnological collections from around the world.

Stephen Williams

This fascinating volume introduces readers to the little-known fieldwork of Edwin Curtiss and provides a fresh view of the exciting prehistoric ceramic art of northeastern Arkansas.
Stephen Williams, Peabody Professor of North American Archaeology Emeritus, Harvard University

Hester Davis

The Peabody Museum is to be congratulated for its new Collections Series, which makes available to the general public and anthropologists alike some of its vast archaeological and ethnological collections from around the world.
Hester Davis, Arkansas State Archaeologist Emerita

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