Charles Seligman Beatrice Blackwood PRM Museum John Hutton Henry Balfour Edward Tylor Augustus Fox

Comparison of Geographical statistics regarding the Pitt Rivers Museum's collections up to 1945 - Archaeology and ethnography

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Continents

Archaeology

Ethnography

Archaeology or Ethnography

Totals

Global

61,145

100,278

18,342

179,765

Africa

19,078

27,178

858

47,114

Americas

6,640

8,365

710

15,715

Asia

5,871

33,736

624

40,231

Australia

2,413

2,569

13,483

18,465

Europe

26,575

14,394

929

41,898

Oceania

272

15,188

1,628

17,088

These figures are calculated on the breakdowns for the overall continental figures NOT for the added totals of archaeology and ethnography for each country in the continent given in other places

Here are the separate continental breakdowns between archaeology and ethnography, note that further information is available in each continent's own statistics:

Colonial breakdowns for archaeology and ethnography

The figures below are based on the information provided in Appendices 4 and 5. They are not calculated in the same way as the figures given above:

Colonial

Non-British colonial

Archaeology

45,563

16,884

Ethnography

68,112

34,480

Arch or ethn

16,156

1,907

Totals

129,831

53,271

Note that these figures include Canada and the other Dominions and also the UK

For some reason the only very revealing difference between these charts is that there is a much higher percentage of uncertain objects (which could be either archaeological or ethnographic) from colonial countries than for those outside the British Empire. This has to be a coincidence we would have thought and not significant but it does have the effect of reducing the levels of definite ethnographic objects quite substantially.

ESRC 'Relational Museum'

October 2003

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The financial support of this project by the ESRC is gratefully acknowledged.