The conference “Speaking Materials” – to be held on the occasion of the European research network Archives of European Archaeology (AREA) meeting at Freiburg University – will be devoted to the concept and nature of the historical source. Archaeologists doing research into the history of archaeology have to employ historical methods and are indeed working as interdisciplinary historians, rather than as archaeologists.
Excavating and collecting, as well as reading, writing and drawing are recognized as scientific practices. They contributed to the establishment of collections (which may have survived in their original state), and also produced a variety of written, printed and pictorial sources that make it possible to draw conclusions concerning the history of archaeology. Such sources, whether they date from the 20th or the 15th century, can be very elusive, and locating and investigating them requires specific skills. Moreover, precise questions have to be formulated before analysing this kind of historical evidence.
The conference will additionally focus on the use of primary sources in the history of archaeology, addressing problems which come up when working with them: What textual or material evidence has survived (including excavated artefacts from historical collections and photographs)? In which social and cultural contexts was it created? What was the process of transmission and the history of its provenance? Can access to the sources be made easier by providing full texts and digital images?
Friday 27 July 2007, 14:00
Sebastian Brather / Christoph Huth (Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte und Archäologie des Mittelalters, Universität Freiburg D): Opening
Dietrich Hakelberg (Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte und Archäologie des Mittelalters, Universität Freiburg D): Introduction: sources for the history of archaeology
TEXTS AND IMAGES
Åsa Gillberg / Ola Jensen (Institutionen för arkeologi och antikens kultur, University of Göteborg S): Storing histories: formation and use of archaeological archives in Sweden
Sudeshna Guha (South Asian History at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Cambridge UK): Photograph collections as sources of archaeological knowledge
Stefanie Klamm (Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin D): Media and the function of images in the history of archaeology
Alain Schnapp (Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris F): Ruins between memory and oblivion
Saturday, 28 July 2007, 9:30
Harald Bollbuck (Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel D): Sources for Martin Opitz’ lost “Dacia Antiqua”, c. 1622/23
Oscar Moro Abadia (Department of Anthropology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. Johns CAN): Creating the “archive” of a precursor: The case of Juan Vilanova y Piera (1821-1893)
Marc-Antoine Kaeser (Institut d’histoire, Université de Neuchâtel CH): Biography and the writing of the history of science: the management of personal archives
Martijn Eickhoff (Faculteit der Letteren, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen NL): Archaeologists and oral history
Pamela J. Smith (Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge UK) Oral-historical evidence in historical reconstruction of archaeological lives.
Frauke Kreienbrink (Historisches Seminar, Professur für Ur- und Frühgeschichte, Universität Leipzig D): Sources for the history of archeological collecting in Germany in the 19th century
Béatrice Vigié / Noël Coye (Institut National du Patrimoine, Galerie Colbert, Paris F): Three-dimensional archives, the Augier models of the Musée Borély (Marseille, France)