Archaeology
(1,741 words)

1. Concept

In Antiquity, the Greek term first encountered as archaiología (‘antiquarian lore’) in the Greek historian Dionysius of Halicarnassus (1st century BCE – archaiologeín, ‘to discuss antiquities,’ is already found in Thucydides, 5th century BCE) denoted the sphere of history of which there were no longer living witnesses to give accounts, but that depended entirely on traditions and legends. The Renaissance Latinized the term to archaeologia or archaeographi…

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Walther, Gerrit, “Archaeology”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 16 December 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_017004>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321



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