Max Martin (archaeologist)

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Max Eduard Martin (born November 19, 1939 in Füllinsdorf ; † December 30, 2016 in Basel ) was a Swiss provincial Roman archaeologist and medieval archaeologist . He was a professor at the University of Basel and the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich and a corresponding member of the German Archaeological Institute .

Martin was considered a specialist in Roman times , late antiquity and the early Middle Ages , who developed questions of cultural history based on precise formal analyzes and with the help of related sciences (numismatics, onomastics, etc.). He made important research contributions on the chronology, typology and addition custom of the Merovingian period . He is one of the initiators of the Association française d'archéologie mérovingienne (AFAM).

In mid-December 2004 a commemorative publication was published on his 65th birthday with 17 contributions from schoolchildren; the contributions deal with various topics under the title Hüben und Drüben: Spaces and Boundaries in the Archeology of the Early Middle Ages , primarily on the basis of Swiss, German and French finds and findings. In 2016 his collected essays were published as small writings in five volumes in a small edition of 28 copies.


  • The Franconian cemetery of Basel-Bernerring . Basel 1976 (Basel contributions to prehistory and early history, vol. 1).
  • The late Roman-early medieval burial ground of Kaiseraugst, Canton Aargau. Part B: Catalogs and tables , Derendingen 1976 (Basler Contributions to Prehistory and Early History, Vol. 5 B); Part A: Text , Derendingen / Solothurn 1991 (Basel Contributions to Prehistory and Early History, Vol. 5 A).
  • Small fonts , compiled by Reto Marti and Thomas Meier , Heidelberg 2016.


  • Gabriele Graenert, Reto Marti, Andreas Motschi and Renata Windler (eds.): Hüben und Drüben: Spaces and Limits in the Archeology of the Early Middle Ages. Festschrift for Prof. Max Martin on his sixty-fifth birthday . Liestal 2004 (Archeology and Museum, Vol. 48). ISBN 3-905069-49-0 (with list of publications).
  • Arno Rettner: Memories of Max Martin. November 19, 1939 - December 30, 2016. In: Bavarian history sheets . 82 (2017), pp. 219-224.

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