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Paul Heinrich Adalbert Reinecke (September 25, 1872 – May 12, 1958) was a German prehistorian and archaeologist.[1][2][3]

Paul Reinecke
Paul Heinrich Adalbert Reinecke

September 25, 1872
DiedMay 12, 1958
Occupationprehistorian, archaeologist

Life and workEdit

Reinecke was born in Berlin. He studied medicine and science under Rudolf Virchow (1821–1903).[4] Interested in prehistory, he also attended classes with the anthropologist Johannes Ranke (1836-1916) and the archaeologist Adolf Furtwängler (1853-1907). During his studies, in 1893, Reinecke led an extensive study trip through Austria and Hungary.[5]

After graduating in 1897, he worked until 1908 at the Romano-Germanic Central Museum (Mainz), and later at the Bavarian State Office for Monument Protection (Die Kunstdenkmäler von Bayern).[5]

Until his death in 1958, he worked on almost all periods of European prehistory and early history, in particular on the chronology of the European Bronze Age and Iron Age.[6] The names Michelsberg culture (1908) and the Altheim culture (1915) as well as the periodization of the Hallstatt culture go back to him. Particularly important are his contributions in Volume V of the "Antiquities of our pagan past" (Alterthümer unserer heidnischen Vorzeit), where he developed, a chronology system, based on an historical analysis of stylistic features and on typological characteristics, that has essentially retained its validity to this day.[5] Reinecke died in Herrsching, Bavaria.[5]

(See also Bronze Age in Central Europe)



  • Brandgräber vom Beginn der Hallstattzeit aus den östlichen Alpenländern und die Chronologie des Grabfeldes von Hallstatt. In: Mitteilungen der Anthropologischen Gesellschaft in Wien 30, 1900, S. 44 ff.
  • Beiträge zur Kenntnis der frühen Bronzezeit Mitteleuropas. In: Mitteilungen der Anthropologischen Gesellschaft Wien 32, 1902, S. 104 ff.
  • Zur Kenntnis der Latène-Denkmäler der Zone nordwärts der Alpen. In: Festschrift RGZM (1902) S. 53–109.
  • Unsere Reihengräber der Merowingerzeit nach ihrer geschichtlichen Bedeutung. Bayerische Vorgeschichtsblätter 5, 1925, S. 54–64.
  • Zur Frage "Reihengräber und Friedhöfe der Kirchen". Germania 14, 1930, 175-177.
  • Spätkeltische Oppida im rechtsrheinischen Bayern. Bayerischer Vorgeschichtsfreund 9, 1930, S. 29–52.
  • Bodendenkmale spätkeltischer Eisengewinnung an der untersten Altmühl (München, um 1934/35).
  • Mainzer Aufsätze zur Chronologie der Bronze- und Eisenzeit (Bonn 1965). (Wiederabdruck der Aufsätze aus den 'Alterthümern unserer heidnischen Vorzeit V')


  1. ^ A. F. Harding (18 May 2000). European Societies in the Bronze Age. Cambridge University Press. pp. 10–11. ISBN 978-0-521-36729-5.
  2. ^ Andrew Jones (10 November 2008). Prehistoric Europe: Theory and Practice. John Wiley & Sons. p. 7. ISBN 978-1-4051-2597-0.
  3. ^ Suzanne L. Marchand (January 2003). Down from Olympus: Archaeology and Philhellenism in Germany, 1750-1970. Princeton University Press. p. 178. ISBN 0-691-11478-1.
  4. ^ a b c Deutsche Biographie: Paul Reinecke
  5. ^ a b c d Translated from the German Wikipedia article, de:Paul Reinecke
  6. ^ Sarunas Milisauskas (6 December 2012). European Prehistory: A Survey. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 336. ISBN 978-1-4615-0751-2.

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