Ohio History Journal

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for the purpose of recapturing the lost arts of prehistoric man in the

utilization of flint and other lithic materials, and for the establishment of

a laboratory of actual materials to be used for purposes of comparison.

This project, it will be recalled, was financed by Messrs. Arthur C.

Johnson and H. Preston Wolfe, pending other sources of support. The

Director had hoped that the Lithic Laboratory might become a permanent

activity of the Museum, through State appropriation. However, because

of a tendency to economize on the part of the present administration, there

is no prospect for the present of funds from this quarter. In the mean-

time, our original sponsors continue to finance the Laboratory, in the hope

that funds may be forthcoming from some other source.

The accomplishments of the Lithic Laboratory for the fifteen months

of its existence are entirely satisfactory. The uninitiated can have little

conception of the vast amount of detail, mostly unspectacular, which has

attended the undertaking, before the ultimate objectives can be realized.

Up to date an exhaustive world-wide bibliography has been compiled, a

library has been inaugurated, samples of lithic materials have been secured

from several states and from France and England, and a large amount of

basic experimentation has been carried through.

In a paper entitled "Some Unfinished Business in Cultural Anthro-

pology" read before the Ohio Valley Sociological Society, Dr. John P.

Gillin, noted anthropologist and writer, has this to say regarding the project:

"Part of the unfinished business in archaeology is to advance scien-

tific interpretation of results so that other scholars may grasp the human,

cultural problems so far as possible of the societies whose remains are

excavated. One significant attempt along this line is being made by the

Lithic Laboratory for the Eastern United States at the Ohio State Mu-

seum.... [Director] Shetrone and his associates have set out to investigate

thoroughly the muscular skills involved in manufacture, sources of supply,

uses and distribution of stone implements. When they have carried their

program through we should have for the first time a clear appreciation of

the lithic industries which have engaged the major part of man's industrial

activity during ninety-nine per cent of his existence upon the earth. The

Lithic Laboratory operates on the theory that stone artifacts are not merely

given data in themselves, but that each artifact represents a human and

cultural problem which some individual, conditioned by his group culture,


H. C. SHETRONE, Director.


List of Accessions

Accessions to the archaeological and historical collections of the Society

herewith listed, have been acknowledged and recorded, and placed on exhibi-

tion or stored, as seemed most desirable. All are gifts unless otherwise