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The archaeology of death and burial

Author: Michael Parker Pearson
Publisher: College Station : Texas A & M University Press, 1999.
Series: Texas A & M University anthropology series, no. 3.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 can learn not only about the attitudes of prehistoric people to death and the afterlife, but also about their way of life, their social organization and their view of the world. This book reviews the latest research in this field, and describes the sometimes controversial  Read more...
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Parker Pearson, Michael, 1957-
Archaeology of death and burial.
College Station : Texas A & M University Press, 1999
(OCoLC)747305312
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Parker Pearson
ISBN: 0890969264 9780890969267
OCLC Number: 41482270
Description: 250 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. Learning from the Dead --
2. From Now to Then: Ethnoarchaeology and Analogy --
3. Reading the Body --
4. Status, Rank and Power --
5. Gender and Kinship --
6. Placing the Dead --
7. The Human Experience of Death --
8. The Politics of the Dead --
9. Epilogue: Death and Memory --
Appendix. Excavating Human Remains.
Series Title: Texas A & M University anthropology series, no. 3.
Responsibility: Mike Parker Pearson.

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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 can learn not only about the attitudes of prehistoric people to death and the afterlife, but also about their way of life, their social organization and their view of the world. This book reviews the latest research in this field, and describes the sometimes controversial interpretations that have led to rapid advances in our understanding of life and death in the distant past." "The Archaeology of Death and Burial provides an overview and synthesis of one of the most revealing fields of research into the past. It creates a context for several discoveries - from Tutankhamen to the Ice Man - and will find a market among archaeologists, prehistorians, social anthropologists, historians and others who have a professional interest in, or general curiosity about, death and burial."--Jacket.

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