Burying the Dead: An Archaeological History of Burial Grounds, Graveyards and Cemeteries

Author: Lorraine Evans

Language: English

Summary: Follow the author as they excavate human remains buried inside an ancient Kirk and reassess the influence of Ancient Egypt upon funerary architecture.

Deep in the heart of North Yorkshire, at a place called Walkington Wold, there lies a rather unusual burial ground, an Anglo-Saxon execution cemetery. Twelve skeletons were unearthed by archaeologists, ten without skulls, later examination of the skeletons revealed that their owners were all subjected to judicial execution by decapitation, one of which required several blows. Continue reading “Burying the Dead: An Archaeological History of Burial Grounds, Graveyards and Cemeteries”

A History of the World in 100 Objects

Author: Neil MacGregor

Language: English

Summary: Neil MacGregor’s A History of the World in 100 Objects takes a bold, original approach to human history, exploring past civilizations through the objects that defined them. Encompassing a grand sweep of human history, A History of the World in 100 Objects begins with one of the earliest surviving objects made by human hands, a chopping tool from the Olduvai gorge in Africa, and ends with objects which characterise the world we live in today.

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The West and the World: A History of Civilization from the Ancient World to 1700

Author: Kevin Reilly Language: English Summary: This work covers topics such as gender, religion, war, ecology, and nationalism, creating both thematic narratives and the strands of a larger chronological account. It explores major historical turning points, and reveals the dynamic of increasing global interactions. (Goodreads) Continue reading The West and the World: A History of Civilization from the Ancient World to 1700

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Ritual: A Very Short Introduction

Author: Barry Stephenson

Language: English

Summary: Ritual is part of what it means to be human. Like sports, music, and drama, ritual defines and enriches culture, putting those who practice it in touch with sources of value and meaning larger than themselves. Ritual is unavoidable, yet it holds a place in modern life that is decidedly ambiguous. What is ritual? What does it do? Is it useful? What are the various kinds of ritual? Is ritual tradition bound and conservative or innovative and transformational? Continue reading “Ritual: A Very Short Introduction”

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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World

Author: Elena Favilli

Language: English

Summary: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World is the third book in the New York Times bestselling series for children. Packed with 100 all-new bedtime stories about the lives of incredible female figures from the past and the present, this volume recognizes women who left their birth countries for a multitude of reasons: some for new opportunities, some out of necessity. Continue reading “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World”

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The Jazz Exiles: American Musicians Abroad

Author: Bill Moody

Language: English

Summary: The Jazz Exiles chronicles the expatriate movement of American jazz musicians during the post-World War II era. While the term exile normally conjures up images of ousted Third World leaders or deposed kings, it is as much a part of the jazz vocabulary as improvisation or Birdland.

Like the American writers of the 1920s who went to Europe and became Gertrude Stein’s “lost generation, ” jazz musicians from the United States also made the Atlantic crossing at a steadily increasing rate until many of the major names in jazz lived or worked almost exclusively abroad. Continue reading “The Jazz Exiles: American Musicians Abroad”