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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 (1842­1922) was a British chemist who was employed by the Imperial Japanese Mint in Osaka for 16 years (1872 to 1888). In addition to active interests in art and mountaineering, Gowland was a keen amateur archaeologist who surveyed hundreds of Kofun era tombs in western Japan. After his return to the UK, Gowland's collection of artifacts, plans, and photographs eventually made its way to the British Museum. Although parts of this collection had been seen by Kofun specialists Sueji Umehara, probably in 1924, and Hatsushige Otsuka in 1967, the volume under review here is the first extensive publication of the Gowland collection. The main body of this book consists of plans and photographs of the tombs surveyed by Gowland, as well as drawings and photographs of the artifacts he collected. The illustrations are all accompanied by detailed notes. Short chapters by Victor Harris, Hironori Ueda, Hatsushige Otsuka, and Kazuo Goto provide further background on Gowland and his archaeological work. The 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 (1842­1922) was a British chemist who was employed by the Imperial Japanese Mint in Osaka for 16 years (1872 to 1888). In addition to active interests in art and mountaineering, Gowland was a keen amateur archaeologist who surveyed hundreds of Kofun era tombs in western Japan. After his return to the UK, Gowland's collection of artifacts, plans, and photographs eventually made its way to the British Museum. Although parts of this collection had been seen by Kofun specialists Sueji Umehara, probably in 1924, and Hatsushige Otsuka in 1967, the volume under review here is the first extensive publication of the Gowland collection. The main body of this book consists of plans and photographs of the tombs surveyed by Gowland, as well as drawings and photographs of the artifacts he collected. The illustrations are all accompanied by detailed notes. Short chapters by Victor Harris, Hironori Ueda, Hatsushige Otsuka, and Kazuo Goto provide further background on Gowland and his archaeological work. The

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