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Bridging the gap at La Téne

  • Madeleine Hummler (a1)

Some thirty years ago, I took part in the Seminar für Ur- und Frühgeschichte der Universität Basel's traditional field trip to La Tène. We discussed the various interpretations put forward for a site that had given its name to the later Iron Age in Europe: bridges, toll, battle, fort, refugium, accident, votive deposit, sanctuary. We berated the methods of investigation of the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: they could not bridge the gap between what was found and what La Tène had come to mean in the ensuing century. Thirty years on, things have changed.

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Betschart, M. (ed.). 2007. La Tène. La recherche- les questions - les réponses / La Tène. Die Untersuchung - die Fragen - die Antworten. Bienne/Biel: Musée Schwab.
Reginelli Servais, G., with Arnold, B., Honegger, M., Juillard, M., Kaenel, G. Kaeser, M-A., & Pillonel, D.. 2007. La Tène, un site, un mythe 1. Chronique en images (1857-1923) (Archéologie neuchâteloise 39). Neuchâtel- Hauterive: Office et musée cantonal d'archéologie de Neuchâtel.
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