- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Fourth Estate (1 July 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007291477
- ISBN-13: 978-0007291472
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Buried Soul: How Humans Invented Death Paperback – 1 Jul 2008
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‘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
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
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His arguments about the developing meaning of death in the very early days of humankind are interesting and, for the most part, convincing. Since he's got a great sense of dramatic tension (rare in writers of decent archaeological books - or at least the ones I've read) it's pretty unputdownable too, without ever straying into the kind of nonsense populist archaeological thinking that he clearly has little time for.
Superbly written with the pace of a good novel and challenging throughout, I could not put the book down! It is the first archaeology related book that I have read from cover to cover (and no doubt will re-visit)since Mike Pitts 'Hengeworld' a decade ago.
I thoroughly recommend this publication to anyone interested in archaeology, anthropology or comparative religion although it is accessable to any curious individual.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What irks me here is ‘The Buried Soul’ confuses the `soul' as being synonymous with the `spirit' whereas nothing could be further from the truth. Read morePublished on 17 Feb. 2014 by Tristan Hamilton