Several papers were given on Thomsen recently at the Berlin Conference on
the History of Archaeology. I'll give you
the e-mail addresses of the people who presented that work if you would
Mon, 19 May 2003, Paul Barford wrote:
> Trevor Watkins writes:
> > But let's not be insular about this.[...] wasn't Christian Thomsen the
> first Professor
> > of Archaeology at the University of Copenhagen? That would be some time
> > around the 1820s or 1830s. I don't know whether he devised and taught
> > courses, however.
> Thompson was the curator of the National Museum (but may have held
> two posts, one at the university).
> In 'Digging into the past 25 years of archaeology in Denmark' Ulla Lund
> Hansen and Jorgen Lund p. 278 write:
> "The first chair in Scandinavian archaeology was established at the
> University of Copenhagen in 1855. However it disappeared again in 1866 not
> to be revived until 1930". They do not mention who first held the Copenhagen
> chair, but since Thompson died in 1865 it might have been him. I note though
> that they stress "Scandinavian" archaeology and again Classical studies
> might have started there earlier.
> Has anyone come across a biography of C.J. Thomsen anywhere? He has the
> status of a key figure in most histories of archaeology and perhaps deserves
> Paul Barford