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by Archaeology Newsroom

The historiography of archaeology in modern times

To Greek intellectuals of the 19th century a return to antiquity seemed to be a good way of being accepted by their European counterparts. Architecture and archaeology were very much connected to each other. With the advance of the 19th century, European nations began to search for a story to go with their medieval origins. Monuments, being of course archaeological evidence, became of primary interest. The archaeological concept of a Material Life introduced a tendency among archaeologists to study the background against which such monuments originally stood. The general term “Industrial Archaeology” introduced the study of material life by economic historians, ethnologists and anthropologists, while it expanded archaeological thought.