Historical archaeology and archaeological practice in Denmark

Author(s): Henrik Harnow; Lene Høst-Madsen

Year: 2013


The concept of archaeology and the structure of professional archaeology in Denmark differ from those of the Anglo-Saxon world. This is especially true when speaking of historical archaeology. Though medieval archaeology has experienced an inclusion into mainstream archaeology during the last few decades, much of what is considered archaeology in Britain and the United States is not seen as such in Denmark. This condition is due to historical conditions and divisions within the museum world. But also the general public only considers excavating to be 'true' archaeology. 

Lene Høst-Madsen and Henrik Harnow present the structural framework of archaeology and focus on the latest developments in historical archaeology in Denmark. Together with David Cranstone and Paul Belford they have just edited the anthology Across the North Sea: Across the North Sea, Later historical archaeology c. 1500-2000 AD, University Press of Southern Denmark, 2012.

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Historical archaeology and archaeological practice in Denmark. Henrik Harnow, Lene Høst-Madsen. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428406)

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min long: 8.093; min lat: 54.562 ; max long: 15.138; max lat: 57.736 ;

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