The Palaeolithic Period – R.A.S. Macalister (1921)


The Palaeolithic Period – R.A.S. Macalister (1921)


Title: The Palaeolithic Period (Text-book of European Archaeology, vol. 1)
Author: R. A. S. Macalister
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 1921
Condition: Hardcover, profusely illustrated. Excellent condition. Includes a very long print of the wall painting at Alpera. This copy previously belonged to Kenneth Charles Corsar, author of the book Primulas in the Garden, published in 1948.

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This copy previously belonged to Kenneth Charles Corsar, author of the book Primulas in the Garden, published in 1948.

About the book:

Part of a series of text-books on European Archaeology, this volume covers the entire Paleolithic Period. The contents are as follows:

1. Introductory

II. Geological Prolegomena

II. Palaeontological Prolegomena

IV. Anthropological Prolegomena

V. The Beginnings of Human Life in Europe

VI. The Lower Palaeolithic Stages

VII. The Middle Palaeolithic Stages

VIII. The Upper Palaeolithic Stages

IX The Psychology of Upper Palaeolithic Man

X. The Mesolithic Period

XI. The Palaeolithic Period as a Whole

About the author (from Wikipedia):

Robert Alexander Stewart Macalister (8 July 1870 – 26 April 1950) was an Irish archaeologist.

Macalister was born in Dublin, Ireland, the son of Alexander Macalister, then professor of Professor of Zoology, University of Dublin. His father was appointed professor of anatomy at Cambridge in 1883, and he was educated at The Perse School, and then studied at Cambridge University.

Although his earliest interest was in the archaeology of Ireland, he soon developed a strong interest in biblical archaeology. Along with Frederick J. Bliss, he excavated several towns in the Shephelah region of Palestine from 1898 to 1900. Using advances in stratigraphy building on the work of Flinders Petrie, they developed a chronology for the region using ceramic typology. Upon Bliss’ retirement, Macalister became director of excavations for the Palestine Exploration Fund (PEF) in 1901.

From 1902 to 1909 he was responsible for the excavations at Gezer, Palestine – in the modern nation of Israel, just west of Jerusalem. This was one of the earliest large-scale scientific archaeological excavations in the region. The Gezer calendar found there is a very early paleo-Hebrew calendrical inscription. However, in most respects Macalister’s work in Palestinian archaeology is considered to have been a failure, due to the poor quality of his excavation techniques and his shoddy record-keeping. Because Macalister was the only professional archaeologist involved in the excavation, managing a project of such complexity was essentially an impossible task.

In 1909 Macalister left the field of Palestinian archaeology to accept a position as professor of Celtic archaeology at University College, Dublin, where he taught until his retirement in 1943. During this period, he worked at the ancient Irish royal site of Tara and was responsible for editing the catalogue of all known ogham inscriptions from Great Britain and Ireland. Many of his translations of Irish myths and legends are still widely used today. He was elected to the Royal Irish Academy in 1910 and served as their president from 1926 to 1931. He was also president of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland from 1924 to 1928.

He is buried at the Parish of the Ascension Burial Ground in Cambridge, with his wife Margaret A. M. Macalister.