Neil Gordon Munro Prehistoric Japan

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Prehistoric Japan

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 Excerpt: ...that amid the great variety of sepulchral chambers built of stone, neither size or construction, taken singly, furnish reliable guides to classification. Some of the dolmens are of quite insignificant size. There can be little hesitation, however, in classifying the stone chamber of finished masonry along with the dolmen. Here the roof is generally megalithic and the portal usually likewise. The roof is, with rare exceptions, flat and always without any central support, so that the stones must be large enough to reach across from one wall to the other. With regard to form the dolmen may consist of:--1. A simple chamber or galley. 2. A chamber with gallery. 3. A series of chambers with gallery The simple chamber or gallery, as it may be called according to its length, Fig. 217, Nos. 1, 2, and 5, is usually of the latter type and is nearly always oblong when built of undressed stone. The elongated form appears to be the most primitive and gives the greatest capacity with the shortest reach of roofing stones. Later chambers of megalithic structure, with masonry squarcly adjusted and finished on the inner surface, are sometimes of equal dimensions, or nearly so. The chamber with gallery is of a more advanced Type, though carrying no evidence as to Age. The gallery may be central or unilateral, Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11. It has been supposed that the unilateral type is more primitive than the other, but I see no reason why it should be so. No. 2 illustrates the passing of a simple chamber into one with a gallery, while No. 10 shows the beginning of a double chamber, an advanced feature, associated with the unilateral type of corridor. The central gallery is by far the most common in Japan. Occasionally the chamber is at a right angle to the gallery, No. 9. K...

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Neil Gordon Munro (1863--1942) was a medical doctor and former director of the General Hospital in Yokohama.

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