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Merovingian Mortuary Archaeology and the Making of the Early Middle Ages$
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Bonnie Effros

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520232440

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520232440.001.0001

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(p.219) Epilogue
Merovingian Mortuary Archaeology and the Making of the Early Middle Ages

Bonnie Effros

University of California Press

A variety of preconceptions have shaped the methodologies used in the study of Merovingian mortuary remains. Because of the inherently malleable nature of the material evidence and changing interpretive frameworks for the processing of this evidence, antiquaries, historians, and early archaeologists have had a large degree of freedom in drawing conclusions about the populations and customs of early medieval Gaul. Their objectives in initiating this research have often evoked the concerns of their era. Merovingian-period artifacts and skeletal fragments constitute a new medium through which European scholars have explored their origins.

Keywords:   preconceptions, antiquaries, historians, archaeologists, freedom

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