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Both Lartet and Boucher de Perthes refer in their works to the Danish Kitchen Midden Commission's first results from 1851 as supporting evidence, and Worsaae visited Boucher de Perthes in Abbeville, and refers to both the French and English results in his 1859 article, noting that ‘entirely independent 41 observations have been made in England and France, which are in almost verbatim agreement with the reasons given here for my proposed distinction between an early and a late Stone Age’ (Worsaae 1859, translated from Fischer and Kristiansen 2002).
J. Thomsen, there has nonetheless developed a dominant identification between archaeology and prehistory, that is, history before the appearance of written sources. Historians distinguished archaeology from their own realm, that of history based upon written sources, whereas prehistory and archaeology were relegated to a position at the margins of civilization. 37 According to this division history begins in the Mediterranean with the Greeks and the Roman Empire, in central Europe with the medieval period or the Dark Ages after the fall of the Roman empire, and in northern Europe only after the Vikings.
1). In some countries the term protohistory is employed for the period between prehistory and classical/historical archaeology. An example may illustrate how problematic such disciplinary boundaries are. In certain historical epochs, such as the Bronze Age and early Iron Age, archaeological and historical sources complement each other in some regions, and their study belongs to classical archaeology, while other nearby regions belong to prehistory, because only archaeological sources exist from the same period.