This study will present such an overlooked contribution from the late 18th century, in this case, some overlooked thoughts that originated from an oversized monument, some lost Roman coins and a long since forgotten distribution map. Here we will argue that they had relevance for the formation of an archaeological practice. The attempt to explain this monument in a new and novel way was formulated in the wake of the infected debate that arose after the discovery of rock art in the well-known Bronze Age cairn Bredarör on Kivik in Scania in southernmost Sweden. In the flaming debate about the meaning of these “hieroglyphs”, we find one of the first trials in Northern Europe of forming an archaeological methodology with the aim “to let mute stones speak” and to study the past without the normative guidance of historical sources. The minds behind this bold attempt belonged to an eccentric professor of history at the Royal Academy in Lund and a “witty and genius but also easy-minded and unstable” student.
|Translated title of the contribution||The Kivik monument: a pre-archaeological thesis from 1780|
|Place of Publication||Kalmar|
|Publisher||Linnæus University, Sweden|
|Number of pages||172|
|Publication status||Published - 13 Dec 2020|
|Name||Kalmar Studies in Archaeology|