In the Institute’s archive there is an old album of postcards collected by Francis Haverfield (1860-1919). We were looking through it when we came across this poignant postcard from Salomon Reinach. Reinach confirms the news that the great archaeologist Joseph Déchelette had been killed in action.
Reinach writes: “Alas! it is true; Déchelette, aged 53 … insisted on going to the front and was struck dead by a shell. It is an immense … loss, but his manuscript was almost finished.”
This month marks the centenary of Déchelette’s death: he died on the 4th October 1914. He was one of the first scholars to identify the link between La Tène culture and the Celts.
I have passed this information on to various French colleagues who have been looking at Déchelette’s correspondence, and organising various events and publications to commemorate his death. I have sent a copy of the email to Chris Gosden who can pass the email contacts to you.
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Merci pour cette carte. J’ai vu aux archives de la Méjanes à Aix-en-Provence la carte de Francis Haverfield qui fut aussi un correspondant de Joseph Déchelette. Il demandait à Salomon Reinach si Déchelette était mort à la guerre comme une rumeur l’annonçait.
Si vous le souhaitez je peux vous retranscrire correctement la carte de S. Reinach.
TRACES (UMR 5608)
Université Toulouse 2
Responable du PCR “Archives et correspondance de Joseph Déchelette”