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Archaeology of Death and Burial (Texas a & M University Anthropology Series, No. 3) [Hardcover]

M. Pearson
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Feb 2000 Texas a & M University Anthropology Series, No. 3 (Book 3)
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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  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Texas A & M University Press (Feb 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890969264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890969267
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 17.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,444,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Michael Parker Pearson is a lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sheffield, which specialises in this field. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know is right here 19 Feb 2011
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You can't find a better expert on human death and burial than Prof Mike Parker Pearson in Britain. And if this is a topic you are researching then look no further. Because everything you need is right in Pearson's comprehensive study of human death and burial in archaeology. I don't really have any criticism to offer, as I am not interested in finding points of criticism. I am a student, and my current interest is merely to start learning everything I can about what archaeologists have discovered and what they can say about those discoveries. And this book has been an immense resource in that study. I'm sure someday there will be another revised edition, because this is a massive area of study which appears to make new discoveries each year. Which is extremely exciting. At least, for me it is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars death and burial 11 Dec 2012
By confido
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another excellant book by M.P.P. well written, good slant on probability and possibility. with good evidence...(Whats next Neolithic cannibalism, or may be the use of drugs in the stone age .
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1.0 out of 5 stars Hard work 16 Jan 2011
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I found this book really hard going, was more like Anthropology than Archaeology. Very deep ,not for the faint hearted
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Survey of World Funerary Practices 9 Oct 2000
By Kenneth Hennrick - Published on Amazon.com
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Written as a great guide to world funerary practices for undergraduates and the curious layperson, Parker Pearson's, "The Archaeology of Death and Burial" presents excellent traditionalist, processualist, and post-processualist theories and empiracal evidence of death archaeology worldwide.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Textbook 10 May 2014
By K.Austin - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are studying/ and or interested in archaeology and the burial practice of ancient peoples (all the way up to modern!) this is the book for you. I stumbled upon it quiet by accident at my local library read it, and then had to buy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Like new 18 Sep 2010
By littlesarah - Published on Amazon.com
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the description for the book said that it was used, but in fact it looked brand new! the bindings didn't look like it had any wear, same w/the pages
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