Earthly Remains: The History and Science of Preserved Human Bodies Hardcover – Feb 15 2002
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Adult/High School-A fascinating look at the different ways and reasons that various cultures have preserved human remains over time. Each chapter discusses one type of preservation and possible motivations behind this protection of the dead. Different types include peat-bog bodies, mummification, frozen bodies, and body impressions or negatives left in soil or ash. Chamberlain and Pearson describe a variety of different cultures for each of the types of preservation, although there is an Anglo-European emphasis. This book has an adequate index and an extensive bibliography. The illustrations provide good visual examples for the text and include a section of color plates. It is interesting that the addition of color makes these pictures appear more graphic. The authors cover a sensitive topic with scientific precision and honesty.
Tracy Ansley, formerly at Cary Academy, NC
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
"From ancient Egyptian mummies to Iron Age bog bodies found in northern Europe, human remains reveal much about past cultures."--atural History "A fascinating look at the different ways and reasons that various cultures have preserved human remains over time....The authors cover a sensitive topic with scientific precision and honesty."--School Library JournalSee all Product Description
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It has long been known that bodies placed in the ground decay, and that this natural process can be slowed or arrested by human intervention. Read the first page
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Is it the fear of death,the fear of the unknown,the desire to honor and remember;or some underlying desire for everlasting perpetuity;that has challenged mankind and cultures to find a way for remains to be everlasting? That remains an unanswered question that has been with all civilizations and cultures;and as so well shown in this book;will likely remain,well into the future.One can only imagine how cluttered the world would get if a simple method of preserving a body forever,were ever found.
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