THE TRACK OF MAN by Henry Field


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The memoirs of a famous anthropologist have the flavour of exciting work and a facile narrative style that should make them a sizeable bid in a growing market. Both anthropology and archaeology have benefitted immeasurably from Mr. Field's interest in them and from his ability to carry out the large scale projects demanded for their development. From a boyhood in England that saw him through Eton and Oxford, and from a family background that had nurtured such works as Chicago's Field Museum, Field went eagerly as a young student on his first trip to the excavation grounds at Kish. There his heart remained for most of the rest of his life. Though his work took him to the caves of Altamira and the Pyrenees with the Abbe Breuil, to America where he worked for years in the Field Museum and saw the construction of its marvellous Hall of Primitive Man, into planning for the developmental exhibit at the Chicago World's Fair, and into wartime studies for the U.S. government- it was at Kish that he did his main body of work. Fascinated by the shaded past of the cultural hub of our civilization there, Field dug, dusted and studied to piece together his track of man. His essays on the Babylonian findings have their tribute in the scientific world. His autobiography is a spirited account of the adventure of science itself.

Publisher: Doubleday