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[Figure] Diagram sketch of the setting of the trap.

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`If you will look up Watt's Dictionary of Economic Products of India under Ephedra you will find it identified with the sacred Homa of the Parsees. It could hardly have been used as a spice, but contains a bitter principle and according to Dr. Dymock"The Parsi priests say that it never decays".'

The identification of the plant found among the burial deposits of the autochthonous population of Lou-lan, with the Ephedra, used in Zoroastrian ritual practice of the present day as the representative of the ancient Haoma, opens up a question of distinct antiquarian interest. It reaches, however, too far to be discussed in this note, and I must leave its examination for another place.

P. 267, 1. 36. After grave-pits add (Fig. 159).

P. 269, r. col., 1. 15. After L.F. 3. 03 add L.S. 2. 05.

P. 290,



After arrow-heads add (L. J. or).

P. 292,



For February 15th read February 21st.

P. 366,



For T. xxxvbl. b. oz read T. xxxvii. a. r.

P. 394,


12-15.   For T. XLIII read T. XLIII. k.

P. 421, r. col., 1. 3o. Add : Mr. H. Balfour, Curator of the Pitt-Rivers Museum, Oxford, in a letter dated November 1, 1925, has kindly furnished me with the following note on the use of the trap of which this spiked wheel formed a part, and with a sketch illustrating it.

"The principle is this : The spiked wheel is laid over a hole in the ground and concealed. A noose is placed over the wheel, the loop of the noose lying over the ring of the wheel ; the other end of the noose-cord being attached either to a tree, or to a log. An animal placing its foot upon the wheel causes the spikes to give way, the leg of the beast sinking through into the hole in the ground. The spikes hold firmly upon the beast's leg, and in endeavouring to shake off the painful, spiky wheel, the noose (which is supported by the wheel) is caused to draw tight and so the beast is held fast-or has to trail a log along as it runs off. Thus the wheel is not in itself the trap, but it functions as an accessory in securing that the noose shall operate, the noose being the real trap.'

Diagram sketch of the setting of the trap.

Mr. Balfour at the same time informed me that types of the wheel-trap above described are still used in different parts of Africa and Asia, including India. A note on those types and their geographical distribution was being prepared by him for publication.

P. 440, 1. 4o. For Prof. von Lecoq read Prof. von Le Coq, and so elsewhere.

P. 461, 1. 3z. Add note 15b : For some of the Mongol MS. remains, see now Prof. von Le Coq's notes in App. K, ii. p. 1049.

P. 492, r. col., 1. 43. For Bhimaspar§a read Bhilmisparsa.

P. 499,1. col.,1. 5 from below. For Bhimasparsa read Bhilmisparsa.

P. 541, note II, 1. I. For Hermann read Herrmann. P. 560, note 1, r. col., 1. 8. For Y5.-mên read Ya-mên.

P. 576, note 25a. Add : For M. Maspero's corrected genealogy of the Ch`ü dynasty, see now his Appendix A, H. pp. 986 sq.

P. 591, 1. 44. For App. R read App. P-

P. 595, 1. 32. For Kötek-shahri read Kötek-shahri.

P. 706, r. col., 1. 22. Omit : PI. LXXVII.

P. 708, 1. col., 1. 1o. For Pl. CXxxI read Pl. CXXVII.

P. 736, 1. 6. Add : See note boa to p. 265, also p. xxi.

P. 743, 1. 14. Add note V): For details of Afraz-guys route from north of Altmish-bulak to Chainut-köl and thence to the Kuruk-daryâ, see now Map of the Lop Desert, in vol. iv.

P. 868, 1. 3. For Fig. 402 read Fig. 403. 1. 4. For Fig. 403 read Fig. 402.

  1.  1. 13. For largest read largish.

  2.  note 2, 1. col., 1. 19. Add : An early form of the name Rôshân is, possibly, preserved in a notice quoted from

Ktesias : `PoiEavdKrt'   rrôacs ivOa tyaKals rô ßaŒlaELov
iv (Nikolaos of Damascus) ; `Po$ovoaKata. vrôacs laKîuv (Stephanus Byz.), as suggested by Tomaschek, Sogdiana', Sitzungsberichte der K. Akademie der Wissensch. Philos.histor. Klasse, Wien, 1877 ; p. 113.

note 2, r. col., 1. 17. For Wörterbuch read Namenbuch.

P. 888, 1. 57. After 14,500 feet add (Fig. 394).

  1.  1. 25. For Pl. XVIII read PI. CXVIII.

Add : See also M. Hobson's Appendix D, ii.

p. 1016.

  1.  1. 3. For (Pl. XVIII) read (Pl. CXVIII).

P. 927, 1. 3. Add : With reference to this ribbed pottery Mr. F. Ll. Griffith, Professor of and Reader in Egyptology, Oxford, kindly informed me that in Egypt the occurrence of ceramic ware of this type is recognized as a sign of late Roman and Byzantine times, extending into the Arab period ; cf. Petrie, Ehnasya, 1904, ch. vit, VIII ; Pl. XXX sqq.

P. 931, note 2. Add : According to observations recorded by Sir Ilenry McMahon, Geogr. J., 1906, xxviii, p. 217, the volume of water carried by the Helmand varies from 2,000 to 70,000 cubic feet per second in normal years, while a volume of as much as 700,000 cubic feet has been estimated in abnormal years.

P. 1028,1. col., 1. 1o. For L.M. u. ii. o8 read L.M. ii. ii. o8. a. P. 1031, 1. col., 1. 1. For L.M. II. ii. 09 read L.M. u. ii. 09. a. P. 1050, 1. 5. FOY FRANKE read FRANCKE.

Spiked whee//aidover

hole in round   Cord with noose