Empiricism, antiquarian fieldwork and the (in)visibilization of the past in the early eighteenth century

  title={Empiricism, antiquarian fieldwork and the (in)visibilization of the past in the early eighteenth century},
  author={Katharina Boehm},
  journal={Word \& Image},
  pages={257 - 266}
  • K. Boehm
  • Published 3 July 2017
  • History
  • Word & Image
Abstract The work of many early eighteenth-century antiquaries roots the discovery of authentic facts about the past in the empirical study of antiquities in situ and in immediate sensory experience of the material world. This article explores visual and verbal representations of antiquarian fieldwork in antiquarian works and travelogues by William Stukeley, Daniel Defoe, Alexander Gordon, and others. It shows that these authors developed novel and often self-reflexive modes of visual and… 


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