Ethnicity and early medieval cemeteries = Etnicidad y cementerios altomedievales

Halsall, Guy (2011) Ethnicity and early medieval cemeteries = Etnicidad y cementerios altomedievales. Arqueología y territorio medieval, 18. pp. 15-27. ISSN 1134-3184

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ENGLISH: This article responds to recent work by Michel Kazanski and Patrick Périn, defending the ability of archaeology to recognise ethnic identity in the burial record of the early Middle Ages. After summarising the main outlines of their argument, it takes the components of their hypothesis in turn and subjects them to analysis. This analysis is based around the archaeological evidence and what it can and cannot say without the intrusion of preconceptions drawn from a (usually oldfashioned) reading of historical sources. After finding the argument wanting even on its own terms, the article concludes by looking at the nature of ethnicity itself and whether it is likely to leave such obvious and straightforward traces in the archaeological record. / ESPAÑOL: Este artículo pretende responder al reciente trabajo de Michel Kazanski y Patrick Périn, que defiende la capacidad de la Arqueología para reconocer la identidad étnica en los registros funerarios altomedievales. Tras resumir las líneas principales de su argumentación, somete a análisis cada postulado de sus hipótesis. Dicho análisis se basa en la evidencia arqueológica y en lo que ésta puede o no aportar, sin introducir preconcepciones extraidas de una lectura (generalmente anticuada) de las fuentes históricas. Tras encontrar el argumento deficiente, incluso en sus propios términos, el artículo concluye planteando la naturaleza de la etnicidad en sí misma, y si es verosímil que deje tan obvias y directas huellas en el registro arqueológico.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Fa parte di: "Archaeology and ethnicity. Reassessing the “Visigothic necropoleis”", dossier a cura di Juan Antonio Quirós Castillo.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ethnicity, Burial, Archaeology, Early Middle Ages, Western Europe, Etnicidad, Enterramiento, Arqueología, Época altomedieval, Europa Occidental
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
Depositing User: dr Vincenzo De Luise
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2015 03:55
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2015 03:55


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