Sabine Rieckhoff

Happy End or Turmoil? On the Narratology of 'Celtic Art'

Published: 2010-03-24 | DOI: 10.54799/VBGQ3936


Cultures are always also narration communities, and narrations tell us about people in action. Therefore, archaeology, dealing with the remains of activities, always also has to do with narrative media, obvious or disguised. Obviously narrative, in the broad sense, refers to everything which once had a symbolic meaning and was created in order to support the cultural memory. The narrative archaeological items, which postulate certain narrations, which we do not know, form a first layer. Interpretations of these primary narrations allow to distinguish different narrative patterns, which are the focal point of this lecture. They form the second level and are in turn embedded into small and large master narratives of the third and fourth level. Using the example of a seemingly well-investigated narrative category, namely the so-called 'Celtic Art', which has contributed like no other to establish the Celts as a homogeneous 'culture' and 'people' in the historical discourse, I would like to show how narrative patterns originate, develop and function, how they influence the discourse and constitute collective knowledge.

How to Cite

Rieckhoff, Sabine. 2010. “Happy End or Turmoil? On the Narratology of ’Celtic Art’”. EAZ – Ethnographisch-Archaeologische Zeitschrift 51 (1/2):215–238.
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