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L'Abbe Henri Breuil: Archaeologist


Lawrence Guy Straus

Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico USA 87131, US
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In his otherwise excellent book, A History of Archaeological Thought, Trigger (1989: 156) makes only one passing reference in a half-sentence to the central figure in the development of Paleolithic prehistory in the first half of the 20th century -- and manages to get his name wrong, confusing Henri Breuil with his long-time, close colleague, Hugo Obenrnaie . Thirty years after his death, Breuil's role in the history of Old World prehistory required more serious consideration. He was a seminal figure not only in rock art studies, but also in the archaeology of at least France, Spain, England, Portugal, South Africa, and China. Before I had read Trigger's work or Sackett's (1991) critique of my supposed misinterpretation of Breuil's theoretical stance (e.g., Straus 1986, 1987), I had presented a review of Breuil's contributions in the 1991 Annual Snead-Wertheim Lecture in Anthropology and History at the University of New Mexico (Straus n.d.). The following is a brief summary of some of my conclusions.
How to Cite: Straus, L.G., 1992. L'Abbe Henri Breuil: Archaeologist. Bulletin of the History of Archaeology, 2(1), pp.5–9. DOI:
Published on 03 May 1992.
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