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William Gowland: The Father of Japanese Archaeology (review)

William Gowland: The Father of Japanese Archaeology (review) BOOK REVIEWS William Gowland: The Father of Japanese Archaeology. Victor Harris and Kazuo Goto, eds. Tokyo: Asahi Shinbunsha and London: British Museum Press, 2003. 199 pp. ¥9000. ISBN 4-02-257835-1. Reviewed by Mark Hudson, University of Tsukuba William Gowland (1842–1922) was a Brit- us with an excellent archaeological record ishchemist whowas employed by theIm- of the Gowland collection that is also artis- perial Japanese Mint in Osaka for 16 years tically pleasing, the often rather stark con- (1872 to 1888). In addition to active in- trast recalling Gowland’s own photos of terests in art and mountaineering, Gowland a century earlier. The detailed notes that was a keen amateur archaeologist who sur- accompany these photos will be of great veyed hundreds of Kofun era tombs in value to scholars working on the material western Japan. After his return to the UK, culture of Kofun period Japan. Gowland’s collection of artifacts, plans, and Gowland’s approach to survey and exca- photographs eventually made its way to the vation appears to have been meticulous. As British Museum. Although parts of this col- early as 1878, he employed screening with lection had been seen by Kofun specialists sieves of di¤erent mesh size during excava- Sueji http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Perspectives University of Hawai'I Press

William Gowland: The Father of Japanese Archaeology (review)

Asian Perspectives , Volume 45 (1) – Mar 27, 2006

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BOOK REVIEWS William Gowland: The Father of Japanese Archaeology. Victor Harris and Kazuo Goto, eds. Tokyo: Asahi Shinbunsha and London: British Museum Press, 2003. 199 pp. ¥9000. ISBN 4-02-257835-1. Reviewed by Mark Hudson, University of Tsukuba William Gowland (1842–1922) was a Brit- us with an excellent archaeological record ishchemist whowas employed by theIm- of the Gowland collection that is also artis- perial Japanese Mint in Osaka for 16 years tically pleasing, the often rather stark con- (1872 to 1888). In addition to active in- trast recalling Gowland’s own photos of terests in art and mountaineering, Gowland a century earlier. The detailed notes that was a keen amateur archaeologist who sur- accompany these photos will be of great veyed hundreds of Kofun era tombs in value to scholars working on the material western Japan. After his return to the UK, culture of Kofun period Japan. Gowland’s collection of artifacts, plans, and Gowland’s approach to survey and exca- photographs eventually made its way to the vation appears to have been meticulous. As British Museum. Although parts of this col- early as 1878, he employed screening with lection had been seen by Kofun specialists sieves of di¤erent mesh size during excava- Sueji

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