Built on Bones

Built on Bones: 15,000 Years of Urban Life and DeathBuilt on Bones: 15,000 Years of Urban Life and Death by Brenna Hassett

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A book looking at why humans have settled into cities when, on the face of it, they’re not good for us, through the evidence of human bones. This is a lengthy book and unless you’re really into bio-archeology, this may not be the book for you, it turns out that I’m not that into bio-archeology myself. I thought I might like this book because I find the story of how mankind left Africa, fascinating and I always like documentaries about archaeologists digging up old bones in things like the Cross Rail excavations but those two interests were obviously not enough for me to particularly like this book. There were, for me, some good bits, I have had post-grad microbiology training, so the chapters on various diseases and how they could be spotted in bones were interesting but that may just be for people with an interest in microbiology. Other readers may have pre-existing interests that are covered in this book and they’ll like those bits but I’m not sure this book is going to ignite anyone with a burning new interest.

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(My creative inspiration from this book was to have some Illustrator practice)

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