Round Structures of Aboriginal Middle America

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Author: Pollock, Harry Evelyn Dorr (1900-1982) from the libraries of R Gwinn Vivian and France Vinton Scholes

Year: 1936

Publisher: Carnegie Institution of Washington (CIW)

Place: Washington, DC


viii+182 pages with map, diagrams, tables, photographs, drawings, figures and illustrations. Quarto (11 1/2" x 9") bound in original publisher's wrappers. From the libraries of R Gwinn Vivian and France V Scholes. Carnegie Institution of Washington Publication number 471. First edition.

The present paper is the attempt to gather together and so far as possible to analyze the available information on a form of architecture that is consider relatively rare in the region under consideration. The study is an outgrowth of work in connection with two round buildings at the ruins of Chichen Itza in Yucatan, so that it will aid in the understanding of these structures as well as other buildings of a similar type.

Vivian is a former Curator of Archaeology at the Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona, Tucson. He has carried out research in Chaco Canyon for more than forty years. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of New Mexico and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Arizona.

France Vinton Scholes (1897–1979) was an American scholar and historian noted for his research on the history of New Spain, especially Spanish Yucatan and Southwestern United States. Much of his research was conducted in the General Archive of the Indies in Seville, Spain, where he was sent in 1935 by the Carnegie Institute of Washington, DC, as part of a larger study on the Yucatan which was led by Alfred Kidder. In 1940, the study on Yucatan lost financial support from the Carnegie Institute and much of the literature and research was transferred over to the Library of Congress of the United States in the city of Washington. He served for over sixty years in academia specializing in the field of historical research. He studied at Harvard University. He lectured at Radcliffe College; at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Colorado College. After working for the Carnegie Institute, he taught at the University of New Mexico. Scholes published more than fifty publications on the history of New Mexico in the seventeenth century; Mayan and Mesoamerica society during the Spanish colonization and conquest of Mexico, during the same period. He died in Albuquerque, New Mexico on February 11, 1979.


Vivian's stamp to front wrapper and front end paper, Scholes' stamp to front end paper. Corners bumped, wrappers light soilded, spine ends chipped, hinges rubbed else a very good copy.

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