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The intellectual adventure of Henri Frankfort: A missing chapter in the history of archaeological thought

Wengrow, D; (1999) The intellectual adventure of Henri Frankfort: A missing chapter in the history of archaeological thought. AM J ARCHAEOL , 103 (4) 597 - 613.

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Abstract

From the late 1920s to the early 1950s, Henri Frankfort's research into the prehistoric and dynastic cultures of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia was at the forefront of archaeological scholarship. In recent accounts of the development of archaeological thought, however, he appears a curiously neglected figure in relation to his contemporary, V. Gordon Childe. This study provides an outline of Frankfort's intellectual development and a review of his major works, highlighting their innovative qualities. It concludes by comparing and contrasting the approaches of Frankfort and Childe to the archaeology of early civilizations in terms of their philosophical underpinnings and goals.

Type: Article
Title: The intellectual adventure of Henri Frankfort: A missing chapter in the history of archaeological thought
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/71653
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