• Chronologie und Ereignisgeschichte in der Frühgeschichtlichen Archäologie: Das 5. und 6. Jahrhundert in Süddeutschland

    Matthias Friedrich (see profile)
    Archaeology, Middle Ages, History, Civilization, Classical, History, Ancient
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    Early medieval archaeology, Early medieval history, Late Antiquity
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    Recently, Frank Siegmund said that as “new basic chronological frameworks are widely and critically discussed […] established canonical schemes have to be regarded as broadly reviewed and verified”. This could not be approved in its entirety as far as the “Süddeutschland-Chronologie” is concerned. Close ties between the archaeological and written record decisively inform the chronology of Merovingian-period grave goods. This approach, however, segues into a circular argument between the archaeological chronology and the intended historical-political interpretation of the archaeological record, which is not evident in relation to the “Süddeutschland-Chronologie” as the results of the correspondence analysis have not been published, and the contingency tables of the seriation have subsequently been re-sorted. Given that archaeological phases, horizons, or periods have to be regarded as theoretical constructs we have to admit that archaeological chronologies on no account follow historical events. Hence, we need to consider the particular circumstances of every chronological framework. Accordingly, archaeological chronologies are not sources in and of themselves, and certainly cannot be regarded as historical record. On the contrary, the nature, quality, and accuracy of a specific chronology largely depend on the scholar who developed the framework, not on alleged links to historical events.
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