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Peter N. Miller

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780801453700

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801453700.001.0001

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Archaeology as a Way of Talking about Things, 1750–1850

Archaeology as a Way of Talking about Things, 1750–1850

(p.97) Chapter 5 Archaeology as a Way of Talking about Things, 1750–1850
History and Its Objects

Peter N. Miller

Cornell University Press

This chapter turns to the study of antique literature, or philology, and the evolving understandings of the concepts of archaeology and antiquarianism during the late eighteenth century. This period saw a revolution in archaeology and in the awareness of it. The discoveries at Pompeii and Herculaneum c. 1750 stand at the center of this turn. But it was amplified by the spread of learned journals and institutes of higher learning, by the huge expansion in learned travel, and by the trickle down of ancient and archaizing style in art, architecture, and design from the highest social ranks to the lower. Despite such progress, however, even the very term “archaeology” stood as a rather ambiguous term, one which this chapter seeks to clarify.

Keywords:   philology, archaeology, antiquarianism, eighteenth century, Archäologie der Kunst, historical archaeology, art objects

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