E. Adamson Hoebel, a former University of Utah anthropologist who studied pre-literate legal systems, died July 23, 1993. He was 86.
mr. Hoebel was among the first scholars to insist that pre-literate societies had systems of legal controls that were worth documenting. His field work was done on Cheyenne Indian reservations in the 1920s and 1930s.He taught at New York University from 1929 to 1948. From 1948 to 1954, he headed the anthropology department at the U.