MISCELLANEA: Ethnicity in Archaeological Studies,
based on a Case Study of East Pomerania during
the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age (1100–400 BC)
Kamil Niedziółka 1 1 - Uniwersytet Gdański MAeS 2014; 15 (4): ICID: 1138982 Article type: Original article IC™ Value: 3.00
Abstract provided by Publisher
The study of ethnicity is an exceptionally controversial subject in current archaeological
investigations. This issue has also frequently appeared in polish prehistoric literature
from the very beginning of archaeology till the present. The problem is that archaeology
in Poland is still under strong influence from a conservative, culture-historical paradigm.
This methodological approach leads to the desire to make simple connections between
material remains, discovered by archaeologists, with specific categories of ethnicity. If we
add to this various efforts to use archaeology in the legitimation of modern ethnic and
national claims, we can imagine how complicated these sorts of studies can become.
The main aim of this paper is to show the history of investigations set to define the
ethnic character of the people who inhabited polish lands in prehistory. The author will
focus especially on the area of East Pomerania during the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron
Age due to the live discussions among scholars concerning the ethnic origin of societies
from that area. At the end of this article a new perspective in research into ethnicity will be
outlined with special attention to the need for an interdisciplinary approach to this topic.