A Brief History of Stonehenge: A Complete History and Archaelogy of the World's Most Enigmatic Stone Circle

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Britain's leading expert on stone circles brings new insights to this accessible exploration if the greatest stone circle of them all.
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Britain's leading expert on stone circles brings new insights to this accessible exploration if the greatest stone circle of them all.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786719648
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Series: A Brief History of... Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 785,697
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Aubrey Burl is former principal lecturer in archaeology, Hull College of Higher Education, and has carried out extensive fieldwork in Britain,Ireland and Brittany. His many books on stone circles include Prehistoric Avebury and A Guide to the Stone Circles of Britain, Ireland, and Brittany.
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Table of Contents

Note on Measurements     ix
List of Illustrations     xi
Acknowledgements     xv
Preface: The challenge     1
Introduction: Some questions     7
Antiquarians; recovering Stonehenge; to AD 1900     24
Excavations and repairs from Tudor times to AD 1949     55
Tombs in an empty land, 4200-3500 BC     82
The Cursus - racecourse or funeral path? c.3500-3000 BC     110
The beginnings of Stonehenge, c.3000 BC     132
Aubrey Holes and Grooved Ware, c.2800 BC and beyond     156
Bluestones and questions of the unlikely, c.2550 BC     181
The Four Stations stones - symbolism, not science, c.2500 BC     203
The Great Circle, c.2450 BC     222
The Avenue, portals, carvings and death, c.2400 BC     252
The Altar Stone, c.2400 BC onwards     278
The Archer and beyond, c.2300 BC     295
Ancient words along the Atlantic Fringe     307
Breton megalithic settings in Britain and Ireland     311
Alien carved motifs in Britain and Ireland     313
Abbreviations     317
Notes     319
Bibliography     341
Index     351
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    I am a high school sophomore who had to do a research project on

    I am a high school sophomore who had to do a research project on Stonehenge and reading
    this book helped me a great deal. At first I thought it was bit boring, but as I continued to read
    it became interesting, telling of the myths and facts of Stonehenge. This book was an easy 
    read, because of its interesting facts on the history of Stonehenge. This book is also very 
    helpful because it provides visuals so that the reader can get a better idea of what the
    author is talking about. The book is long but very informative so it balances out. If you 
    do not like long books than this is not the book for you but I would still recommend it
    because, again, it has very good information. Overall, this book provides an in-depth
    look into Stonehenge, explaining its history. 

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