Evidences of cannibalism in an early race in Japan. Edward S. Morse.

Evidences of cannibalism in an early race in Japan

Tokio: Tokio Times, 1879. 8vo, pp. 7, [1]; publisher's printed wrappers; old fold marks else very good. Abstract of remarks made before the Biological Society of the Tokio Dai Gaku, January 5, 1879. Morse was an American zoologist and orientalist. In 1877 he first visited Japan and, while looking out of a window on a train between Yokohama and Tokyo, discovered the Mori shell mound, the excavation of which opened the study in archaeology and anthropology in Japan and shed much light on the material culture of prehistoric Japan. "One of the most interesting discoveries connected with the Omori mounds is the evidence of cannibalism which it affords, this being the first indication of a race of anthropophagi in Japan. The human bones were found mixed with bones of the wild boar, deer and other animals." Following his Japanese sojourn Morse served as director of what was to become the Peabody Essex Museum. Reprinted from the Tokyo Times, January 18th, 1879. Item #53095

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