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Built on Bones: 15,000 Years of Urban Life and Death (Bloomsbury Sigma) Hardcover – 23 Feb 2017

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Sigma; 1 edition (23 Feb. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147292293X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472922939
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.9 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 444,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Built on Bones is entertaining, colloquial and has a fine line in funny footnotes. (The Times)

An upbeat, wisecracking attempt to trace the development of cities through thousands of years of human disease, violence and misery ... Amusing footnotes interrupt serious arguments, while pop culture references jostle with sobering research. (Guardian)

Fascinating subject matter ... a fun, addictive read. (Reader's Digest)

Ms. Hassett [...] has gifts of scholarship and wordsmithery [...] she addresses one of the most absorbing problems in the history of the last 14,000 years. (Wall Street Journal)

This book explores how our journey from hunter-gatherers to urban dwellers has impacted our state of health. Using clues recovered from archaeological sites and ancient skeletal remains, it carefully highlights some of the unpleasant consequences of urbanisation. (Dr Daniel Antoine, Curator of Physical Anthropology, The British Museum)

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The city has killed most of your ancestors, and it's probably killing you, too - this book tells you why

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