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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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Developing Approaches to Merovingian Archaeology

Developing Approaches to Merovingian Archaeology

(p.91) 4 Developing Approaches to Merovingian Archaeology
Uncovering the Germanic Past

Bonnie Effros

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines approaches to Merovingian archaeology in nineteenth-century France. It begins with a discussion of serendipitous discoveries of Merovingian cemeteries and the archaeological excavations that were carried out during the period, along with efforts to standardise the documentation of antiquities. The chapter highlights the circumstances in which early medieval archaeological sites were found in France during the course of the nineteenth century, as well as the typical obstacles encountered in the recovery, documentation, and preservation of so-called barbarian finds. It also considers the excavation methodologies employed and some of the advances in archaeological methodology that were made over the course of the century.

Keywords:   cemeteries, Merovingian archaeology, France, archaeological excavations, antiquities, archaeological sites, barbarian finds, archaeological methodology

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