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Disgraceful Archaeology: Or Things You Shouldn't Know About the History of Mankind!

3.44  ·  Rating Details  ·  18 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
In this book, authors Paul Bahn and Bill Tidy take an amusing approach to archaeology, discussing important finds and saucy stories from history. With this book, archaeology becomes interesting, accessible, and hilarious.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Tempus
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KL Caley
Aug 30, 2015 KL Caley rated it it was amazing
This book is like reading an adult version of Horrible Histories. It explores all the horrid, lurid and funny bits of history that the Victorians hoped to hide from the history books.
The authors’ writing styles are fun but still informative, not at all like a history textbook but something that can be read anytime or anywhere (although I will warn you, some parts really do make you laugh out loud). A few of the stories will have the male readers squirming uncomfortably too!
It’s a shame a lot of
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Emmie
Jan 28, 2015 Emmie rated it it was amazing
I was sniggering and saying OMG in equal measure while reading this book. It is about all those dirty little secrets that the stuffy museums and archaeologists does not want us to know about! So interesting. These books make history come alive...
Crystal
Sep 10, 2015 Crystal rated it did not like it
I suppose I should have known by the cover that this wasn't going to be a booked based in real archaeology, but more conjecture from the ancient writings of Greece and Rome.

Read it if you want to distract yourself on a plane -- what I did -- but don't read it if you want a concise, factual book about ancient cultural practices.

I also didn't find it that funny.
Matt
Aug 01, 2014 Matt rated it it was ok
Not much archaeology used as evidence in this book. It relies heavily on literary sources from Greece and Rome and doesn't often leave the classical world as it's topic. I would have liked more medieval topics to have been covered to warrant a 5 star review. Nevertheless, there were funny parts in the book.
Ariana Deralte
May 02, 2009 Ariana Deralte rated it really liked it
This is an entertaining and quick read with intriguing references to various things you'll be surprised to know about history. The comics don't always add to the book, but they're bearable. My only wish would be for some footnotes.
Simon
Mar 22, 2013 Simon rated it really liked it
Fun, but a little too reliant upon written sources that may not be accurate.

For example the story about the Spanish Gallic tribes brushing their teeth with urine is pure Roman propaganda, and almost certainly not true.
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