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Commentary Two: Careful With That Axe, Eugenius

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This chapter discusses about Germanic burials in Gaul. A closer study of Böhme’s maps and of the typological development of particular forms of brooches led to conclude that the female apparel, hitherto the strongest support for the argument linking the occupants of these burials with the lands east of the Rhine, was in fact manufactured inside the Empire and exported northwards. Böhme’ retained a 'Germanic' interpretation, seeing the burials as those of Germani recruited into the regular Roman army, and who brought their wives and families with them. It is a perverse argument that postulates the 'Germanic' origin of the occupants of graves in northern Gaul on the basis of those burials' inclusion of some northern Gallic artefacts which some other people took back to Germania and eventually included in very different burial rites.

Keywords: Böhme’; Gaul; Germanic burials; Roman army



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