• Zerstörungswut - The Deliberate Destruction of MonuMentality in Ancient and Modern times

    Author(s):
    Sabrina Autenrieth (see profile)
    Date:
    2021
    Group(s):
    Ancient Near East, Archaeology, Historical Archaeology, Near Eastern Archaeology
    Subject(s):
    Archaeology, Prehistoric archaeology, Archaeology of architectures, Monumentality, Near Eastern archaeology
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/psvk-nm61
    Abstract:
    Destruction is an element of human behaviour that is universally present throughout our history. But what are the driving forces behind these violent acts? Can an underlying motivation be recognised in the archaeological record? This article focuses on the destruction and mutilation of monumental architecture and figurative works, and puts them into global context. From several case studies, both from past and present societies, it has become evident that the difference in perception of a certain monument is key to its eradication. Architectural destruction and iconoclastic events are usually preceded by years of conflict. Destroying a monument can be a transitional change or, a symbolic act meant to demonstrate power and/or disagreement. When researching destructive behaviour in past societies it is therefore important to understand the implications for both the destructors and the people affected by it.
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