Plate XVIII 'Development of spear and arrow-head forms' 'Primitive Warfare 2'

This page lists all the plates that Pitt-Rivers used to illustrate his major papers (and the associated talks). Note that Pitt-Rivers does not often seem to give the plates titles, where he does these are given in quotation marks.

Primitive Warfare I (1867)

Plate I Spearheads and decoration, and axe heads and ornaments

Plates II-IV Armour of various kinds

Plate V Weapons of various kinds including narwhal tusks, Indian parrying shields of horn, daggers and an animal skull

Plate VI Edged weapons including shark tooth edged weapons etc, arrows

Primitive Warfare II (1867)

Plate XVII [sic] 'Transition from Drift to Celt type'

Plate XVIII 'Development of spear and arrow-head forms', from Drift through Cave, Swiss Lakes, Yorkshire, Ireland, Sweden & Denmark, Italy & Germany, America and Japan

Plate XIX 'Transition from Celt to Paddle Spear and Sword Forms', through clubs

Plate XX Boomerangs from Australia, India and Africa, the Australian ones show 'transition from the malga to the boomerang' and 'transition from the hatchet to the boomerang'.

Plate XXI Australian throwing sticks and shields and African shields

Primitive Warfare III (1867)

'Map of the distribution of the principal modifications of mankind according to Prof'r Huxley' (coloured)

Plate XXXII 'Table shewing the development & distribution of copper, bronze & iron celts' (coloured)

Plate XXXIII Copper implements, decorative motifs, and celt moulds

Catalogue (1874) /Principles of Classification (1875)

Plate I Parrying sticks and shields

Plate II Throwing knives, bows and amentum

Plate III Clubs and crossbows, quiver

Plate IV Clubs

Plate V Clubs

Plate VI Clubs

Plate VII Clubs / Paddles

Plate VIII Spears (barbed)

Plate IX Spearheads including fishing spears and javelins

Plate X Spearheads

Plate XI Axes

Plate XII Halberds, maces etc

Plate XIII Daggers, knives

Plate XIV Daggers, swords

On the Evolution of Culture (1875)

In the copy of this paper in the bound volume of papers by Pitt-Rivers held by the Balfour Library there are four plates associated with the Royal Institution paper:

Plate I - Table showing when particular forms of stone tools and weapons were common occurrences or rare or doubtful between the early Palaeolithic and the Iron period /Modern Australian /Modern American.

Plate II - Table showing when particular forms of flint and bronze tools and weapons occurred between the early Palaeolithic to the Iron period /Modern Australian /Modern American.

Plate III - Drawings of clubs, boomerangs, shields and spears moving from simple forms to complex in a radiating pattern

Plate IV, 'The Evolution of Culture'.

Plate IV - 'Ornamentation of New Ireland Paddles, showing the transition of form'. For further information on this illustration see here.

In the version of the paper given in the 1906 volume of collected essays there are a further two illustrations:

Plate V [sic] - 'REALISTIC DEGENERATION illustrated by representations of the human face found by Dr Schliemann at Troy

Plate VII [sic] or XXI  - 'Evolution of types on ancient British coins'

Early Modes of Navigation (1875)


AP, February 2011

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