Zeitgeist Archaeology: Conflict, Identity, and Ideology at Prague Castle, 1918-2018

Nicholas J. Saunders, Jan Frolík, Volker Heyd

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The discovery of a tenth-century AD high-status burial at Prague Castle in 1928 led to multiple identifications in the context of two world wars and the Cold War. Recognised variously as both a Viking and Slavonic warrior according to Nazi and Soviet ideologies, interpretation of the interred individual and associated material culture were also entangled with the story of the burial's excavator, the remains and commemorative monuments of two Czech Unknown Soldiers and the creation of the Czechoslovak state. This epic narrative reflects the circumstances of Czechoslovakia and Central Europe across the twentieth century.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number370
Pages (from-to)1009-1025
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 615 History and Archaeology
  • Prague
  • Slavic
  • Viking
  • Nazi
  • Ideology
  • Identity
  • Issue

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