Excavation of Burial Mounds in Ngorongoro Crater (Pamphlet)


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Author: Leakey, M.D.  (Mary Douglas) (1913-1996)

Publisher: Tanzania Notes and Records

Pub Date: 1966

Binding: Paperback

Condition: Fair to Good.  Stapled binding tight.  No tears, folds.  There is a name and address information on the inside front cover.  I know this was probably a guide or person associated with showing tourists/archaeologists around, based on information from the previous owner.  “Signed” by the author (see photo).  Both upper and lower front cover corners have small creases.  Edge and corner wear.  Smudging (?) to rear cover.   Includes ephemera (see photo).

Notes: Pamphlet.  Offprint.  Reprinted from Tanzania Notes and Records, No. 66.  Burial mounds accidentally unearthed  in the early 1900’s by German settlers.  In one mound more than thirty crania, including children, were excavated.  A second, with three skeletons, was found below.  Another mound was found with fifteen individuals.  The German property owner described another sixteen undisturbed burials on the hill near his farm.  Leakey theorized that the mounds were “…constructed for the burial of an important personage, such as a chief, whose wives, together with servants or slaves, were sacrificed at the time of his death and buried with him.”  (From the Discussion, p. 10).  The ephemera (see photo) includes admission tickets, travel documents, and a flyer on Olduvai Gorge, similar to those passed out at American National Parks.  Signed (more printed than signed) by the author on front cover.


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