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The Social Archaeology of Funerary Remains

The Social Archaeology of Funerary Remains

Paperback Studies in Funerary Archaeology

By (author) Rebecca Gowland, By (author) Christopher Knusel

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  • Publisher: Oxbow Books
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 211mm x 295mm x 23mm | 1,179g
  • Publication date: 15 July 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 1842173650
  • ISBN 13: 9781842173657
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd ed.
  • Illustrations note: Hb
  • Sales rank: 1,066,009

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Human bones form the most direct link to understanding how people lived in the past, who they were and where they came from. The interpretative value of human skeletal remains (within their burial context) in terms of past social identity and organisation is awesome, but was, for many years, underexploited by archaeologists. The nineteen papers in this edited volume are an attempt to redress this by marrying the cultural aspects of burial with the anthropology of the deceased.

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Gowland and Knusel and all their contributing authors have made an important step...by highlighting the critical value of thorough osteological analysis for meaningful and secure archaeological interpretation.'--Aubrey Cannon"Canadian Journal of Archaeology" (01/01/2007)"