The Society Annual Lecture 1932: Primitive Craft – Evolution or Diffusion

By H. H. Brindley, published August 1932


Brindley seeks to establish whether the development of similar designs of water-craft found at different locations around the globe occurred by evolution or diffusion. If designs evolve then the similarities in the material culture of different peoples result from independent origins, whereas with diffusion such similarities would be a root idea generated by one people and radiated to others who had not conceived it. By taking the canoe as an example he acknowledges that it evolved from some kind of float but it was not possible to make a dogmatic choice between single and multiple origin for some of its upward steps.

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Subjects include: Archaeology | Leisure & Small Craft

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