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A History of Indian Literature. Vol. I. by Maurice Winternitz

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First, they provide a container for organizing concepts and observations into a manageable network (Gamble 2007: 19). As a collection of related issues, such problems can be studied without reference to past conditions. Second, revolutions provide “locomotives of change,” as explanations for how the Western world as we know it came into being by successively transcending tradition and primitiveness (Gamble 2007: 13–14). Hunter-gatherers, defined as they are in terms of subsistence, and occurring chronologically prior to those revolutions that would eventually lead to contemporary nation-states, remain subject to the forces of longterm processes.

These remnants and refuse, accumulated in one spot during a long series of centuries. . (Morlot 1861: 292) Wyman accepted much of the Danish interpretations and methods of investigating kjökkenmödding sites, which continue to be influential today globally (Álvarez et al. 2011; Balbo et al. 2011; Gutiérrez-Zugasti et al. 2011). An argument can also be made that Wyman was an early adopter—and likely an important promoter, in his capacity as curator of Harvard’s Pea22 Constructing Histories body Museum of Ethnology and Archaeology—of a new kind of archaeology which centered on prehistory (Bourque 2002).

Page of Jefferies Wyman’s journal (dated February 6, 1871) with illustration of stratified shell, sand (hatched), and burned features (blackened) visible in the exposed profile of the Horse Landing (8PU27) shell mound. Used by permission of the Harvard Medical Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. did the St. Johns River have in creating such features? If humans were responsible, what was their intent in amassing materials in these locations? If shellfish accumulations were monumental in scale, were they monumental in significance?

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