Synopses & Reviews
Written in Bones
brings together a team of international experts to show how the careful study of bones reveals a compelling picture of the lives, cultures, and beliefs of ancient societies from around the world.
This compelling and scientifically-accessible book:
- Provides 38 case studies examining the discoveries at archeological sites
- Introduces readers to ancient peoples
- Includes more than 350 color photographs
Human remains tell us much about how our ancestors lived and died. In Written in Bones
, significant discoveries are carefully brought together and analyzed. Readers learn how experts use modern scientific techniques to piece together the stories behind the bones. The data is used to create a picture of cultures and ritual beliefs. There are such astonishing discoveries as:
- Han Dynasty aristocrat preserved in an unknown red liquid
- Bog bodies in Europe
- The riddle of Tomb KV55 - where a male body was found inside a female coffin
- World's oldest dwarf
- The headless men and giant wolves of the Mesolithic cemetery in Siberia
"Grisly, gross and utterly compelling ... with 250 color photographs, you may find it hard to put this down." Greensburg Tribune-Review
In "Written in Bones, " significant discoveries are carefully brought together and analyzed. Readers learn how experts use modern scientific techniques to piece together the stories behind the bones. The data is used to create a picture of cultures and ritual beliefs. 350 photos.
When the bones of two boys were found during restoration work at the Tower of London in 1674, forensics helped determine that they were indeed the sons of Edward IV who had disappeared nearly 200 years earlier. This book offers 36 such case studies from international experts using forensic archaeology to reveal ancient religious sacrifices, burial practices, and murders of people and civilizations. Bahn (author of numerous books on archaeology) edits for general readers, covers topics including who or what killed Tutankhamen; sacrifices at Huaca de la Luna; and Kennewick man. The studies are illustrated with some 250 color and black-and-white photos Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR
About the Author
Paul Bahn, Ph.D. studied archeology at Cambridge University. For this book he worked with a team of 16 contributors from universities around the world. His numerous books, written alone or with a co-author, include Ancient Places, Images of the Ice Age, Journey through the Ice Age and The Cambridge Illustrated History of Archaeology, Tombs, Games and Mummies.
Table of Contents
Way of life -- Natural deaths -- Deliberate deaths -- Burials -- Mummies and mummification.