After having occupied himself for a longer period with the Minoan/Mycenaean cultural complex, Wout Arentzen became convinced that quite often the archaeologist and his time are as important for the interpretation of a culture as the archaeological finds themselves. To get a better understanding of this side of the archaeological process he started to study the history of archaeology. It soon became clear that the history of Bronze Age archaeology in the Aegean is directly connected to the history of prehistoric archaeology in Northern Europe. As a consequence Wouts interests have moved from the Aegean to Northern Europe in the last twenty years.
Only limited work has been done on the history of archaeology in the Netherlands. Being a Dutchman, it was only natural that this became the main focus of his work.
Books by Wout Arentzen
Schliemann and the California Gold Rush
The 1850-1852 American travel journal of Heinrich Schliemann: a transcription and translation
Christo Thanos & Wout Arentzen | 2014
In this second part of The Schliemann Diaries we follow Heinrich Schliemann (the famous 19th century archaeologist, trader and traveller) through his diary on his...
Without having seen the Queen
The 1846 European travel journal of Heinrich Schliemann: a transcription and annotated translation
Christo Thanos & Wout Arentzen | 2012
Heinrich Schliemann (1822-1890), a shrewd trader and later in life one of the best known archaeologists of the 19th century, made many travels around the...
W.J. de Wilde (1860-1936)
Een vergeten onderzoeker van de Nederlandse hunebedden
Wout Arentzen | 2010
W.J. de Wilde is waarschijnlijk de raadselachtigste figuur in de geschiedenis van de Nederlandse prehistorische archeologie. Hij is in 1860 in Batavia geboren en schreef...
The women are more beautiful than any I have ever seen
Heinrich Schliemann’s travels through Spain in 1859
Edited by Wout Arentzen & Maaike van Asch | Forthcoming
In the fourth part of The Schliemann Diaries we follow Heinrich Schliemann, the famous 19th century trader, traveller and archaeologist, on his travels through Spain...