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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.
|List of Figures|
|1||Learning from the Dead||1|
|2||From Now to Then: Ethnoarchaeology and Analogy||21|
|3||Reading the Body||48|
|4||Status, Rank and Power||72|
|5||Gender and Kinship||95|
|6||Placing the Dead||124|
|7||The Human Experience of Death||142|
|8||The Politics of the Dead||171|
|9||Epilogue: Death and Memory||193|
|Appendix||Excavating Human Remains||198|