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Zeitgeist archaeology: Conflict, identity and ideology at Prague Castle, 1918-2018

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  • Nicholas J. Saunders
  • Jan Frolík
  • Volker Heyd
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1009-1025
Number of pages17
Issue number370
Early online date1 Aug 2019
DateAccepted/In press - 19 Feb 2019
DateE-pub ahead of print (current) - 1 Aug 2019


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.

    Research areas

  • identity, ideology, Nazi, Prague, Slavic, Viking



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