Ferdinand Keller (antiquity scholar)

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Ferdinand Keller
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Ferdinand Keller
Born December 24, 1800
Died June 21, 1881
Nationality Swiss
Fields Archaeology
Known for La Tène culture

Ferdinand Keller (1800 – 1881) was a Swiss archaeologist. He is mainly known for his investigations of Swiss lake dwellings in 1853–54,[1] and work on the remains of the La Tène culture. He is the founder of the Antiquarische Gesellschaft in Zürich (Antiquarian Society in Zurich).


He was born at Marthalen. He studied theology and natural sciences at Zurich, Lausanne, and Paris. In 1831 he was made an instructor at Zurich, and secretary of the Society for Natural Research, and in this capacity he published various works on naked rock soil and vent holes. The discovery of the sepulchral mound at Burghölzli led to the founding of the Antiquarian Society of which Keller was long president, and to the founding of a museum, the growth of which was largely due to him. His most important discovery was the pile dwelling at Obermeilen in the winter of 1853.


His articles on the pile dwelling were published in the proceedings of the Antiquarian Society. He also published Bauriss des Klosters Sankt Gallen vom Jahr 820 (1844), and an archaeological map of Eastern Switzerland (1874).


  1. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Wood, James, ed. (1907). "Keller, Ferdinand". The Nuttall Encyclopædia. London and New York: Frederick Warne.