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Uncovering the Germanic PastMerovingian Archaeology in France, 1830-1914$
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Bonnie Effros

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199696710

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199696710.001.0001

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Institutionalizing the Amateur’s Craft

Institutionalizing the Amateur’s Craft

(p.189) 6 Institutionalizing the Amateur’s Craft
Uncovering the Germanic Past

Bonnie Effros

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines efforts to institutionalise archaeology in nineteenth-century France. It first provides an overview of archaeological pedagogy, or the study of ancient remains such as the Merovingian antiquities and monuments, during the period. It then considers opportunities available to lay scholars to expand their knowledge of national archaeology as well as initiatives to train archaeological practitioners. It also looks at the correspondence between amateur and more experienced archaeologists to help each other with their studies of monuments and excavation of ancient sites, along with developments in archaeological education and the emergence of archaeology as a scientific discipline. The chapter concludes by discussing the distinction between professional and amateur archaeologists.

Keywords:   archaeology, France, archaeological pedagogy, antiquities, monuments, correspondence, ancient sites, archaeologists

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