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  • Written in Bones: How Human Remains Unlock the Secrets of the Dead

    Paul Bahn PhD

    Paperback (Firefly Books, Jan. 26, 2012)
    Very comprehensive... an informative and fun read. -- Canadian Society of Forensic Science An excellent survey of the postmortem identification and interpretation of human remains. -- Science Books and Films Human remains have much to tell us about how our ancestors lived and died, what they believed, and the rituals that were important to them. In Written in Bones, a team of international forensic anthropologists and archaeologists examines important case studies of human remains found at archeological sites around the world. Comprehensive text and color photographs describe how the remains were analyzed using modern scientific techniques and how the data were assembled to create authentic pictures of ancient cultures. The book is organized in five chapters: A Way of Life, Natural Deaths, Deliberate Deaths, Burials, and Mummies and Mummification. Some of the astonishing discoveries covered are: A 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 The headless men and giant wolves of a Mesolithic cemetery in Siberia The seven new cases in this revised edition include: The Silk Road Mummies Early European FarmersMummies and Modern Medicine Infant Deaths in a Roman brothel Called "grisly, gross and utterly compelling," Written in Bones is used as a text in archaeology and anthropology courses around the world. It is sure to find an audience among a wide variety of readers.
  • Ancient Civilizations Explained

    Paul Bahn Ph.D.

    Library Binding (Rosen Classroom, June 1, 2014)
    Ancient history covers a vast period from the first written records about five thousand years ago to the fall of the Roman Empire in 476 CE. During this period the world was richly varied in its social, political, economic, and cultural life. This handy reference book is organized around twelve great civilizations, including ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and China, as well as societies of Africa, South Asia, Australia, and the Americas. Each chapter focuses on a civilizations key social and technological developments and includes a timeline. Notable cultural achievements are highlighted with color photos of ancient art and artifacts.