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National archaeology in the age of European integration

  • Kristian Kristiansen (a1)

The context

Archaeologists of the 1990s are confronted with an apparent paradox: our legal and economic framework is based upon the preservation of the national heritage, while our research objectives and research methods are rather defined by larger regional, European or even international frameworks. In fact this is nothing new – we have always been serving both the present and the past, and will continue to do so. The question that is raised in this context, therefore, is whether the 1990s will see a changed balance between the interests of the present, and what effect that may have upon the working conditions of archaeologists. Will national archaeology be strengthened or can we hope that it will begin to merge into a coming European perception of history?

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Sarunas Milisauskas wrote in the June issue about the future of archaeology in eastern Europe. Western Europe, although enjoying no revolutions, is also undergoing profound changes that will have archaeological effect. Kristian Kristiansen, head of the archaeological administration in Denmark, looks to that European future

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