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Tomb of the Eagles: Death and Life in a Stone Age Tribe

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Isbister in the Orkneys is one of those extraordinary archaeological sites where the remains of Neolithic man and his works have been so well preserved that they give us an amazingly clear picture of the life and people of 5000 years ago. In Tomb of the Eagles John W. Hedges describes vividly the activities of a tribe which had as its totem the magnificent white-tailed sea ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 21st 1998 by New Amsterdam Books (first published January 25th 1990)
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Gavin White
Sep 01, 2016 Gavin White rated it liked it
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From reading the previews and foreword I had high expectations for this book. It certainly starts well, giving a useful background to Neolithic Orkney. However, about half-way through it turns into a rather dry and technically overloaded text on archaeology.
The basic subject matter is fascinating, being the rather macabre practice of excarnation, where human bodies are left exposed for birds etc to devour the flesh before the bones are deposited into a cairn. The preservation and detailed excav
Jun 06, 2014 Mark rated it liked it
This is a good introduction to archeology and specifically the neolithic monuments of Orkney (far north of Scotland). I recommend it though I have some issues with the writing. Hedges tells the fascinating story of this particular archeological discovery, the "tomb of the eagles," so named because of the bones of white-tailed sea eagles found entombed with the human remains and artifacts. Not only is the Isbister chambered cairn tomb, perched near the edge of sheer cliffs at the southern tip of ...more
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