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Germany's Ancient Pasts: Archaeology and Historical Interpretation since 1700

Brent Maner

Abstract

This study shows that Germany has had many ancient pasts, including ones that emphasized the local and regional character of archaeological finds and ones that advanced prehistory as an international science removed from questions of ethnicity and national origins. Eighteenth-century antiquarians turned to ancient artifacts to investigate the territorial and religious history of central Europe. Classical sources, especially Tacitus’s Germania, provided a chronology for their work, creating a rather short version of prehistory. During the middle decades of the nineteenth century, numerous archa ... More

Keywords: archaeology, pre- and early history, nationalism, antiquarianism, regional history, museums, narration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226592916
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226593104.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brent Maner, author
Kansas State University