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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

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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
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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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BTCTA
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1965-
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Effros, Bonnie
Dewey number
944.013
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DC36.9
LC item number
.E37 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Oxford studies in the history of archaeology
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  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology and history
  • Historiography
  • Nationalism
  • Merovingians
  • France
Label
Uncovering the Germanic past : Merovingian archaeology in France, 1830-1914, Bonnie Effros
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [367]-407) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
774494427
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxiii, 427 pages
Isbn
9780199696710
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)774494427
Label
Uncovering the Germanic past : Merovingian archaeology in France, 1830-1914, Bonnie Effros
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [367]-407) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
774494427
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxiii, 427 pages
Isbn
9780199696710
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)774494427

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