A World History of Nineteenth-Century Archaeology: by Margarita Diaz-Andreu

By Margarita Diaz-Andreu

Margarita Diaz-Andreu deals an leading edge heritage of archaeology through the 19th century, encompassing all its fields from the origins of humanity to the medieval interval, and all components of the realm. the advance of archaeology is positioned in the framework of up to date political occasions, with a specific concentration upon the ideologies of nationalism and imperialism. Diaz-Andreu examines quite a lot of concerns, together with the construction of associations, the conversion of the examine of antiquities right into a occupation, public reminiscence, alterations in archaeological inspiration and perform, and the influence on archaeology of racism, faith, the assumption in growth, hegemony, and resistance.

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Antiquities were stored together with unusual stones, and increasingly with objects arriving from the recently discovered American continent (Alcina Franch 1995: 22–34). Archaeological objects found in the earth were still ‘tamed’—presented in the fashion of the period. Thus we Wnd objects such as a proto-historic Lausitz vase, engraved with leaves and provided with a zinc lid displaying the name of the Imperial councillor Haung von Maxen, dated from around 1560, or a Germano-Roman vase, decorated with silver applique´s and a lid for the noble Anthoni Waldposten of Basenheim (Schnapp 1993: 147).

1868–1910) and Vajiravuth (r. 1910–25) opened museums and encouraged the creation of societies. Chapter 9 assesses the archaeology of the Russian Empire and French North Africa. Firstly, it explores how the past was selected in these areas on the basis of the classical model, by which the Romans, Greeks and other contemporary peoples inXuenced by them, such as the Scythes, still retained their powerful appeal as symbols of civilization. Secondly, it examines the inXuence religion had in catching experts’ attention: whereas Byzantine remains were considered worth studying, the same did not happen with Islamic antiquities.

The result was not a duet—native against foreign—but a chorus of many voices in many languages, that often talked to each other. Resistance was weaker in the Ottoman Empire, whose interest for the past of the Great Civilizations in the early modern period had been much lower. The diYculties faced in controlling the Powers’ desire for its Greek antiquities would only be addressed when young scholars educated—at least in part—in the West (mainly in Paris) attained positions of importance in the state machinery.

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