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The “Pope of Prehistory” L’abbe´ Breuil

The Master Thinker: L’abbé Henri Breuil (Fig. 1) was a French “master thinker” avant la lettre, which played an eminent role during the 20th century in the Archaeological discourse in France. As the “pope of Prehistory”- he spoke “ex cathedra” –  an apodictic stance that did … Continue reading

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Race?- what Race?

This is a model of the famous Oseberg-ship from the 1937 exhibition “Lebendige Vorzeit” in Bremen (“Germanen-Erbe”, 1937). This picture comes from the darkest days of German Prehistory, when the Ideology of a superior “Arische Rasse” was popularized with great … Continue reading

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Neolithic Sickles from the Mortillet Collection

These are two broken sickles from the Scandinavian Neolithic / early Bronze Age from the collection of Adrien de Mortillet. Adrien de Mortillet was born 1853 in Geneva, during the political exile of his better known father, Gabriel de Mortillet … Continue reading

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