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History of Great Basin Anthropological Research, 1776-1979


Collection of information on indigenous Great Basin peoples and cultures began in 1776 (Bolton 1950). However, it was not until the I860's that any sort of systematic research program was initiated in ethnography and linguistics. Physical anthropological studies were not undertaken until the 1880's, and systematic archaeological work did not begin until after 1900. This article reviews the principal programs of research in Great Basin anthropology carried on since the 1860's, with a brief examination of earlier developments.

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