The Resource Uncovering the Germanic past : Merovingian archaeology in France, 1830-1914, Bonnie Effros

Uncovering the Germanic past : Merovingian archaeology in France, 1830-1914, Bonnie Effros

Label
Uncovering the Germanic past : Merovingian archaeology in France, 1830-1914
Title
Uncovering the Germanic past
Title remainder
Merovingian archaeology in France, 1830-1914
Statement of responsibility
Bonnie Effros
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Uncovering the Germanic Past brings to light an unexpected side-effect of France's nineteenth-century Industrial Revolution. While laying tracks for new rail lines, quarrying for stone, and expanding lands under cultivation, French labourers uncovered bones and artefacts from long-forgotten cemeteries. Although their original owners were unknown, research by a growing number of amateur archaeologists of the bourgeois class determined that these were the graves of Germanic 'warriors', and their work, presented in provincial learned societies across France, documented evidence for significant numbers of Franks, Burgundians, and Visigoths in late Roman Gaul. They thus challenged prevailing views in France of the population's exclusively Gallic ancestry, contradicting the influential writings of Parisian historians like Augustin Thierry and Numa-Denis Fustel de Coulanges. Although some scholars drew on this material evidence to refine their understanding of the early ancestors of the French, most ignored, at their peril, inconvenient finds that challenged the centrality of the ancient Gauls as the forebears of France. Crossing the boundaries of the fields of medieval archaeology and history, nineteenth-century French history, and the history of science, Effros suggests how the slow progress and professionalization of Merovingian (or early medieval) archaeology, a sub-discipline in the larger field of national archaeology in France, was in part a consequence of the undesirable evidence it brought to light."--Publisher's website
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Cataloging source
NLGGC
Dewey number
944.013
Index
no index present
LC call number
DC36.9
LC item number
.E38 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Series statement
Oxford studies in the history of archaeology
Label
Uncovering the Germanic past : Merovingian archaeology in France, 1830-1914, Bonnie Effros
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [367]-407) and index
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  • none
Carrier category
online bron
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier/dut
Content category
tekst
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent/dut
Contents
Introduction -- Pt. 1. Archaeological research in nineteenth-century France. Centralizing archaeological research in nineteenth-century France ; Learned societies and archaeological research in nineteenth-century France -- Pt. 2. The politics of Merovingian archaeology. Developing approaches to Merovingian archaeology ; The politics of Merovingian-period finds ; Institutionalizing the amateur's craft ; Archaeological museums, Merovingian antiquities, and their audiences ; Public reception of Merovingian-period finds ; Epilogue: Merovingian archaeology on the eve of World War I and afterwards
Control code
ocn905649186
Edition
1st ed
Extent
1 online resource (xxiii, 427 pages
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780191804885
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia/dut
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps)
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.b37519281
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)905649186
  • oso0191804886

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