Deciphering the Past: From Tombs, Graves and Mummies

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Megalith tombs, the remains of a Viking ship burial, over 700 enormous stone statues on Easter Island — the mysteries of the past surround us, luring us to imagine vanished towns, ritual killings, the magnificence of fallen empires, and the way different societies prepared for the soul's destiny after death.

Deciphering the Past offers a worldwide survey of some of the most intriguing enigmas posed to us across many centuries by death and the ...
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Megalith tombs, the remains of a Viking ship burial, over 700 enormous stone statues on Easter Island — the mysteries of the past surround us, luring us to imagine vanished towns, ritual killings, the magnificence of fallen empires, and the way different societies prepared for the soul's destiny after death.

Deciphering the Past offers a worldwide survey of some of the most intriguing enigmas posed to us across many centuries by death and the afterlife — and by more than 35 specific cases, all described in depth. Such answers as we possess tend to have been assembled piece by piece over time like a jigsaw puzzle — a combination of painstaking archaeology, dogged detective work, in-depth historical knowledge and high-tech scientific analysis.

Ranging across cultures, the book casts new light on the beliefs, rituals, hopes and fears of different peoples — from the Germanic and Celtic warrior peoples of northern Europe to the imperial dynasties of ancient China.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780760781777
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/18/2006
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.68 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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