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I just purchased two books that, while not paleontological in nature,
might still be of interest to members of these lists. After all, most
followers of vrtpaleo and DML have spent a significant amount of their
lives and careers looking at, measuring, analyzing, photographing, and
writing about bones. The books are
Paul Koudounaris 2011. The Empire of Death. A Cultural History of
Ossuaries and Charnel Houses. Thames and Hudson: 224 pages.
Paul Koudounaris 2013. Heavenly Bodies. Cult Treasures and Spectacular
Saints from the Catacombs. Thames and Hudson: 190 pages
Theauthor has a PhD in art history from UCLA. These books look at the
origin and evolution in how human bones have been amassed in European
churches and cities, sometimes by the millions, and usedmake statues and
emblems to decorate churches across Europe. For example 8 foot
widechandeliers, composed entirely of bones, hanging inchapels or a coat
of arms composed entirely of human bones. This started in the late 16th
century and continued until the latter part of the 19th century. The
text is extremely informative and the photos are quite stunning.
I won't waste time trying to describe these books. I would suggest
visiting the authors' website Empire de la Morte at
http://empiredelamort.com/ which has info and photos about the books
and photos of many sites not in the books.