Archaeology and Ancient History: Breaking Down the by Eberhard W. Sauer

By Eberhard W. Sauer

Challenging either conventional and stylish theories, this choice of items from a world diversity of individuals explores the separation of the human previous into background, archaeology and their comparable sub-disciplines.

Each case examine demanding situations the validity of this separation and asks how we will movement to a extra holistic strategy within the learn of the connection among background and archaeology.

While the focal point is at the historical global, really Greece and Rome, rhe classes learnded during this e-book make it an crucial addition to all experiences of historical past and archaeology.

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Church building in Ravenna continued right through the migration period, and the architecture gives no clue to the origin of the rulers of the country (Deichmann 1969–89). 1, 1974: 211–39, esp. 218), was built for a king whose ancestors had lived on the Baltic Sea, subsequently for a long time north of the Black Sea and later in the central Danubian region, and who had been unfamiliar with monumental stone architecture (Deichmann 1, 1969: 216–17). 1, 1974: 233), would fail to demonstrate that this was a period of foreign rule – again on the theoretical assumption of a prehistoric context.

The bulk of new texts (inscriptions, papyri, writing tablets and coin legends), however, has been yielded by archaeology and are ‘archaeological’ as much as ‘historical’ evidence. There are many fields of research for which there has been hardly any new textual evidence for more than a century. Since there have been many excellent scholars in the past, the speed of progress in ancient history is not as rapid as in archaeology. If today one writes a conventional solely literature-based biography of a well-known figure in the ancient world, of Julius Caesar for example, it is increasingly less likely 35 EBERHARD W.

Here and elsewhere he defines what falls and does not fall within the subject matter of archaeology: ‘Yet not causal explanations of the historical events and processes – they are the business of history, while archaeology is a source-studying discipline’ (Klejn 2001: 127, cf. 17). ) capacity to apply a wide range of other methods while archaeologists have not – no logical explanations provided. We should be grateful to Klejn; he had the courage to express his views clearly in print and to offer a useful overview of scholarly opinion on the role of archaeology, while many others, despite adopting a similar approach in their research, have not put their cards on the table.

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