A mythical civilization, Tartessos, became the obsession of German historian Adolf Schulten, seeking his own private Troy in South region of Spain, a sort of Atlantis, origin of Europe and his dream as pioneer of a new science: Archaology.
Tartessos is one of the most interesting cultures of Ancient times as well as a landmark in the History of Andalusia and the Mediterranean Sea. The mysterious atmosphere that surrounds Tartessos is due to German historian Adolf Schulten. Influenced by Schliemann's success in finding Troy, and his own findings in the Spanish city of Numantia, Schulten set up a myth around Tartessos and some of the ideas still persisting in Spanish nationality. He imagined an ideal civilization in the Andalusian Atlantic coastline, between East and West, the first city-state inhabited by peaceful, long-living people, with great culture, and ability for navigation, a set up mixing the Greek Atlantida and the American Eldorado. Apart from researching Schulten's life and work, this documentary contrasts that myth of Tartessos with the present knowledge, and proposes a reflection on the use of Archaeology and History during the 20th century to built national identities in Europe.Written by
Hergueta, José Antonio
Adolf Schulten obsession with Spain remained a mystery. Why this German historian spent most of his life in Spain, studying, publishing and, eventually, on site excavation of archaeological sites. As other pioneers of Archaeology in early 20th century, Schulten expected to find his own private Troy in Spain: Tartessos was the myth where he placed the origin of Western Civilization, even before Greece, to be placed in South Spain. The last expert interviewed in the film, José María Blázquez, explains some details of Schulten's private life and thinking, and in particular questions about the fact of Schulten as a young student traveling to Spain as some sort of "call", not having any particular knowledge about the destination of his longings. See more »