The Archaeology of the Dead

The Archaeology of the Dead : Lectures in Archaeothanatology

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Henri Duday is Director of Research for CNRS at the University of Bordeaux. The Archaeology of the Dead is based on an intensive specialist course in burial archaeology given by Duday in Rome in November 2004. The primary aim of the project was to contribute to the development of common procedures for excavation, data collection and study of Roman cemeteries of the imperial period. Translated into English by Anna Maria Cipriani and John Pearce, this book looks at the way in which the analysis of skeletons can allow us to re-discover the lives of people who came before us and inform us of their view of death. Duday throughly examines the means at our disposal to allow the dead to speak, as well as identifying the pitfalls that may deceive more

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  • Paperback | 230 pages
  • 170 x 240 x 14mm | 421.84g
  • Oxbow Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • b/w illus
  • 1842173561
  • 9781842173565
  • 667,046

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This publication and translation into English makes this important work more readily accessible for an even larger readership than it has had up until now.' -- Cambridge Archaeological Journal Cambridge Archaeological Journal Duday is particularly good on putrefaction and on ascertaining what may be due to natural processes of decay and what may be due to human agency. All this is conveyed through a series of case studies, abundantly illustrated in monochrome photographs and excellent line drawings, which take the reader from simple individual primary inhumations to increasingly complex cases.' -- Antiquity Antiquityshow more