Archaeology of Death and Burial

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-01-01
  • Publisher: Sutton Pub Ltd

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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 organization and their view of the world. This book reviews the latest research in this field, and describes the sometimes controversial interpretations that have led to rapid advances in our understanding of life and death in the distant past.
The Archaeology of Death and Burial provides an overview and synthesis of one of the most revealing fields of research into the past. It creates a context for several discoveries - from Tutankhamen to the Ice Man - and will find a market among archaeologists, prehistorians, social anthropologists, historians and others who have a professional interest in, or general curiosity about, death and burial.

Author Biography

Mike Parker Pearson is a lecturer in the Department of Archaeology and Prehistory at the University of Sheffield.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Learning from the Deadp. 1
From Now to Then: Ethnoarchaeology and Analogyp. 21
Reading the Bodyp. 48
Status, Rank and Powerp. 72
Gender and Kinshipp. 95
Placing the Deadp. 124
The Human Experience of Deathp. 142
The Politics of the Deadp. 171
Epilogue: Death and Memoryp. 193
Excavating Human Remainsp. 198
Notesp. 205
Bibliographyp. 217
Indexp. 244
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