Sophus Müller

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Sophus Otto Müller
Sophus Müller
Sophus Müller
Born 24 May 1846
Copenhagen, Denmark
Died 23 February 1934
Nationality Danish
Occupation archaeologist

Sophus Otto Müller (24 May 1846 - 23 February 1934) was a Danish archaeologist.

He was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, the son of C. Louis Müller. Sophus studied classical philology at Copenhagen University, graduating with a masters in 1871. He became a teacher until 1876, while assisting at the Museum of Northern Antiquities. He was hired by the museum in 1878, and graduated with a Ph.D. in 1880 with the essay Dyreornamentiken i Norden.[1]

After 1881 he was secretary at the Royal Archaeological Society and edited Aarböger for Nordisk Oldkyndighed and Nordiske Fortidsminder. In 1885 he was an inspector at the museum,[2] then, when the museum was being re-organized as the Danish National Museum, he was the director of the ancient history section in 1892. In 1895 he was named the museum director.[1] In 1888, his two volume work Ordning af Danmarks Oldsager (The Arrangement of Denmark's Antiquities) was published.[2] He wrote a prehistory of Denmark, which was published as Vor Oldtid (Our Prehistory) in 1897.[1] He retired from the museum in 1921.

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  1. ^ a b c Gräslund, Bo (1987). The birth of prehistoric chronology: dating methods and dating systems in nineteenth-century Scandinavian archaeology. New studies in archaeology. CUP Archive. p. 119. ISBN 0-521-32249-9. 
  2. ^ a b New international encyclopedia. 16. Dodd, Mead. 1916. p. 406.