Att låta stumma stenar tala – om formandet av ett nytt arkeologiskap under 1700-talet

Translated title of the contribution: To let mute stone speak: On the becoming of archaeology during the 18th Century

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Abstract

This article presents some thoughts on the formation of archaeological science in the 18th century. My starting point is the debate that occurred in the wake of the discovery of rock art in the famous Bronze Age cairn Bredarör on Kivik in Scania, southern Sweden. Here we find one of the first documented attempts to formulate an archaeological method based on studying prehistory without explicit support from historical sources – a brave attempt to “let mute stones speak”. The historians, Anders Forssenius and Sven Lagerbring, used a
comparative method to date the rock art in Bredarör to the Roman Iron Age. To support their interpretation they made use of an innovative distribution map of Roman coins in Albo district. Their bold attempt to formulate a free-standing archaeological method for the study of prehistory did not get any direct followers, and several decades passed before these methods were revisited.
Translated title of the contributionTo let mute stone speak: On the becoming of archaeology during the 18th Century
Original languageOther
Title of host publicationArkeologi og kulturhistorie fra Nordsjøen til Bottenhavet. Festskrift till professor Birgitta Berglund
EditorsRagnhild Berge, Merete Moe Henriksen
Place of PublicationTrondheim
PublisherVITARK: cta Archaeologica Nodrosienia
Pages40-57
Number of pages18
Volume11
ISBN (Print)9788283050677
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

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