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Journal Article

The Intellectual Adventure of Henri Frankfort: A Missing Chapter in the History of Archaeological Thought

David Wengrow
American Journal of Archaeology
Vol. 103, No. 4 (Oct., 1999), pp. 597-613
DOI: 10.2307/507074
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/507074
Page Count: 17
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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.

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