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The Buried Soul: How Humans Invented Death [Paperback]

Timothy Taylor
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Review

‘Perceptive, radical and elegantly written. His quest for answers takes us on an extraordinary journey, like time travellers in the boneyards of history…All this is achieved with the style of a consummate storyteller.’ Bel Mooney, The Times

‘Like a thriller-writer he deploys cliff-hanging chapter endings. Like a good novelist he is unafraid of human emotion. As an archaeologist he knows how to sort and wash bones. As a thinker he restores dignity to these unnamed bodies by holding them compassionately with his words.’ Michele Roberts, Independent on Sunday

‘Sit back and revel in this riveting exploration of our collective ancestral psyche.’ Sunday Herald

‘Illuminating.’ Scotsman

Bel Mooney, The Times

His quest for answers takes us on an extraordinary journey, like time travellers in the boneyards of history. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

James Urqhart, Independent on Sunday

'Exhaustive in scope and learning; precise, informative and lively in technical detail ... Vital stuff.' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Independent on Sunday

'Taylor has produced a remarkable book about humanity's deepest and darkest obsessions.' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Archaeologist Timothy Taylor has spent his life sifting through the relics of our ancestor's encounters with death: early historical accounts of sacrifice, ancient rituals with echoes in the present, monumental sarcophagi, and bodies discovered in caves, bogs and on mountains.

In 'The Buried Soul', Taylor brings together evidence of how the ancients saw their universe and asks how we came to have not only a sense of the afterlife but also an image of the soul. After we began to speak, but before we could write, Taylor suggests that early humans, in an astonishingly conceptual leap, divided the body from the spirit that animated it. Thus arose a series of rituals that attempted to placate, tempt, scapegoat, destroy or contain this potentially malevolent spirit.

In Timothy Taylor's radical investigation of the human soul we encounter vampirism, cannibals, near-death experiences, modern day human sacrifice and the mummification of Lenin. His search spans the entire period from our prehistoric evolution to the present and interweaves the author's own experience of bewildering death.

A breathtaking work of narrative power combining cutting-edge science, personal insight and scholarship, 'The Buried Soul' is a radical voyage into sepulchral worlds.

Praise for 'The Prehistory of Sex':

"Taylor has written an illuminating and immensely entertaining account of one of the most fundamental aspects of humanity."
'Mail on Sunday'

"An intelligent, well-researched contribution to our understanding of past societies and, by extension, of how we view ourselves
'Scotland on Sunday'

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About the Author

Timothy Taylor is a lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Bradford and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA). His previous book THE PREHISTORY OF SEX was high acclaimed in the UK, Europe and US. He has worked on numerous television projects including CANNIBAL (Channel 4).

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