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
Even if critical with Schulten's methods and the official support that he got from Franco's government (Schulten's ideas became official in school books and universities during the four decades of Spanish dictatorship) most experts in the film tend to understand Schulten as a "man of his time", and justify his way of thinking as a sample of the spirit of the 1920s, a blend of nationalism, longing for lost paradises and search of chimeric kingdoms to be the origin of Western civilization. See more »