The Archaeology of Death and Burial / Edition 1

The Archaeology of Death and Burial / Edition 1

by Mike Parker Pearson
     
 

ISBN-10: 158544099X

ISBN-13: 9781585440993

Pub. Date: 02/01/2001

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press


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…  See more details below

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585440993
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Publication date:
02/01/2001
Series:
Texas A&M University Anthropology Series, #3
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
207,304
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgements
1Learning from the Dead1
2From Now to Then: Ethnoarchaeology and Analogy21
3Reading the Body48
4Status, Rank and Power72
5Gender and Kinship95
6Placing the Dead124
7The Human Experience of Death142
8The Politics of the Dead171
9Epilogue: Death and Memory193
AppendixExcavating Human Remains198
Notes205
Bibliography217
Index244

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