The book is an indispensable tool for anyone attempting to come to terms with the extremely complex and highly variable resolution of the Cypriot mortuary record. …Keswani presents a compelling case for moving beyond interpretation of ‘prestige good’ towards a more holistic approach incorporating the actions of the living in reconstructing society from mortuary practices.
Antiquity, Volume:79 (Sept 2005)
This is a well-structured book on a complicated yet intruiging matter: The reconstruction of social structure and meanings from funerary rituals handed down via archaeological investigations.
American Journal of Archaeology-Online Book Reviews, 110.4 (October 2006)
This is a significant contribution to mortuary studies in general and the Mediterranean Bronze Age in particular.
Bibliotheca Orientalis LXIII
Setting the burials within a social context or, vice versa, reconstructing social changes against the background of observable mortuary changes has resulted in a fascinating account of pre-historic Cyprus, the like of which one rarely encounters.
John G. Younger, University of Kansas, Journal of Near Eastern Studies, Vol 67, No. 3
Priscilla Keswani’s comprehensive survey of Cypriot Bronze Age mortuary practices is a welcome addition to the literature on the archaeology of the island. Supported by detailed analysis of of ethnographic data and superb manipulation of the raw data from the major Bronze Age tomb groups that have been excavated throughout the island, Keswani puts forward convincing arguments for the social, political, and economic changes underpinning funerary ritual on Cyprus during the Bronze Age. The book will be of great value to other scholars working in the field and to students of Cypriot and Near Eastern archaeology.
Louise Steel, Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, February 2006, issue #341