HILDEBRAND, Hans Olof

HILDEBRAND, Hans Olof. Stockholm 5.4.1842 — Stockholm 2.2.1913. Swedish Archaeologist, one of the founders of modern Swedish Archaeology. Son of Bror Emil H. and Anna Ekecrantz. Studies at Uppsala from 1860, Ph.D. 1866. From 1871 worked in Kungliga Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, 1879 succeeded his father as Riksantikvarie. In 1895-1913 chairman of Swedish Academy. Married 1867 Elin Martin, one daughter and one son. As archaeologist he wanted to base everything on material evidence, rejecting textual sources.

Publications: Many books on Swedish antiquities, especially of Middle Ages, also on numismatics.

– “Memorandum on Swedish Remains and the Indian Prehistoric Tumuli and Markings”, ProcASB 1880, 89-91.

Sources: B. Hildebrand, Svenskt biografiskt lexikon 19, 1971-73, 43, with photo, bibliography and further references; Wikipedia, more details and a portrait in Swedish version.

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