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Bones and ochre : the curious afterlife of the Red Lady of Paviland

Author: Marianne Sommer
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2007.
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"Marianne Sommer unravels a tale about a set of ancient human bones and their curious afterlife as a scientific object." "When the ochre-stained bones were unearthed in a Welsh cave in 1823, they inspired unsettling questions regarding their origin. Their discoverer, William Buckland, declared the remains to be Post-Diluvian, possibly those of a tax-man murdered by smugglers. Shortly thereafter he reinterpreted the  Read more...
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Sommer, Marianne, 1971-
Bones and ochre.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2007
(OCoLC)607781298
Online version:
Sommer, Marianne, 1971-
Bones and ochre.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2007
(OCoLC)608514702
Named Person: William Buckland
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Marianne Sommer
ISBN: 9780674024991 0674024990
OCLC Number: 138340175
Description: xiii, 398 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. William Buckland, an ancient British witch, and the question of human antiquity --
William Buckland --
Man among the cannibalistic hyenas? --
The romance of the witch of Paviland --
Buckland accused --
Man as a crocodile superior? --
The holy order of nature and society --
Conclusion: The Red Lady is no fossil man --
pt. 2. William Sollas, a Cro-Magnon man, and issues of human evolution --
William Sollas --
Ancient hunters and their modern representatives --
The Red Lady is a Cro-Magnon man --
Human evolution as a trunkless tree --
The "evolutionary" versus the "historical" model --
The moral authority of nature --
Conclusion: Turbulent times for an "old lady" --
pt. 3. An interdisciplinary team, an early Upper Paleolithic shaman, and a definitive report --
The Paviland project and its results --
There is magic at work --
Visualizing Paviland Cave --
The end of the Red Lady's story : a definitive report? --
Conclusion: An unfinished life --
Postscript --
Appendix A: Archaeological and geological series --
Appendix B: Schematized views of human evolution.
Responsibility: Marianne Sommer.
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