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The Archaeology of Death and Burial [Paperback]

Mike Parker Pearson
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2 July 2003
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 organisation and their view of the world. This ambitious book reviews the latest research in this huge and important field, and describes the sometimes controversial interpretations that have led to rapid advances in our understanding of life and death in the distant past. A unique overview and synthesis of one of the most revealing fields of research into the past, it covers archaeology's most breathtaking discoveries, from Tutankhamen to the Ice Man, and will find a keen market among archaeologists, historians and others who have a professional interest in, or general curiosity about, death and burial.

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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; New Ed edition (2 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750932767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750932769
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 24.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,625 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.

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Somewhere along the hanks of the River Volga in Russia there is a large earthen mound underneath which are the hurnt remains of a cremation funeral conducted over a thousand years ago.  Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know is right here 19 Feb 2011
By Blue B
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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 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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