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Uncovering the Germanic Past: Merovingian Archaeology in France, 1830-1914

Bonnie Effros


This book brings to light an unexpected side effect of France's nineteenth-century Industrial Revolution. While laying tracks for new rail lines, quarrying for stone, and expanding lands under cultivation, French labourers uncovered bones and artefacts from long-forgotten cemeteries. Although their original owners were unknown, research by a growing number of amateur archaeologists of the bourgeois class determined that these were the graves of Germanic ‘warriors’, and their work, presented in provincial learned societies across France, documented evidence for significant numbers of Franks, Bu ... More

Keywords: archaeology, France, Industrial Revolution, Franks, Burgundians, Visigoths, Gauls, Augustin Thierry, Numa-Denis Fustel de Coulanges

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199696710
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199696710.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bonnie Effros, author
Professor of History, Rothman Chair and Director, Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, University of Florida