The Archaeology of Death and Burial

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Texas A&M University Press, 2000 - Social Science - 250 pages
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The archaeology of death and burial is central to our attempts to understand vanished societies. Through the remains of funerary rituals we learn not only about prehistoric people's attitudes toward death and the afterlife but also about their culture, social system, and world view. This ambitious book reviews the latest research in this huge and important field and describes the sometimes controversial interpretations that have led to our understanding of life and death in the distant past.

Mike Parker Pearson draws on case studies from different periods and locations throughout the world—the Paleolithic in Europe and the Near East, the Mesolithic in northern Europe, and the Iron Age in Asia and Europe. He also uses evidence from precontact North America, ancient Egypt, and Madagascar, as well as from the Neolithic and Bronze Age in Britain and Europe, to reconstruct vivid pictures of both ancient and not so ancient funerary rituals. He describes the political and ethical controversies surrounding human remains and the problems of reburial, looting, and war crimes.

The Archaeology of Death and Burial provides a unique overview and synthesis of one of the most revealing fields of research into the past, which creates a context for several of archaeology's most breathtaking discoveries—from Tutankhamen to the Ice Man. This volume will find an avid audience among archaeologists, anthropologists, historians, and others who have a professional interest in, or general curiosity about, death and burial.

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Review: The Archaeology of Death and Burial (Texas A&M University Anthropology, 3)

User Review  - Nikki - Goodreads

I found this to be quite the enjoyable read. Yes, it is an academic monograph, but well written and well put together. It holds a lot of really insightful of ideas back up by a wide assortment of example from all over the place. Read full review

Review: The Archaeology of Death and Burial (Texas A&M University Anthropology, 3)

User Review  - h - Goodreads

i would like to give this one a 2.5 rating. it's good, but it's also quite stuffy and i found my attention wandering in places. that said, it covers a lot of ground, with examples from many different ... Read full review



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MIKE PARKER PEARSON is a lecturer in the Department of Archaeology and Prehistory at the University of Sheffield, England. His previous books include Bronze Age Britain and Architecture and Order.

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