How to Read Prehistoric Monuments: Understanding Our Ancient Heritage by Alan Butler, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
How to Read Prehistoric Monuments: Understanding Our Ancient Heritage

How to Read Prehistoric Monuments: Understanding Our Ancient Heritage

by Alan Butler
     
 

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This comprehensive, illustrated guide to Britain's earthworks, henges, and standing stones explores how and why they were built and used, offering a tantalizing glimpse into the religious, civic, and social practices of their creators. An A-Z section details all the site types in the British Isles, and each monument is identified by latitude and longitude, making

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This comprehensive, illustrated guide to Britain's earthworks, henges, and standing stones explores how and why they were built and used, offering a tantalizing glimpse into the religious, civic, and social practices of their creators. An A-Z section details all the site types in the British Isles, and each monument is identified by latitude and longitude, making it easy for history buffs to find them using maps and geo-location devices.

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Library Journal
Butler has an engineering background, and he has studied astrology and prehistory, with particular interest in the megalithic in Europe. A prolific writer (see review of his coauthored Before the Pyramids, below), he here focuses on prehistoric sites in his native Britain, first defining terms such as barrow, cairn, and henge and describing their history and function, from sites with standing stones to Stonehenge. Butler never forgets the people who constructed the monuments. He writes, "We can only guess at the mindset of the people who chose to select such stones, hammer them into shape and drag them sometimes great distances across the landscape, before erecting them, often with great care, in specific shapes and designs." With this book in hand, a traveler will be able to look at hundreds of structures intelligently. Unfortunately, there is no bibliography. VERDICT While anyone interested in European prehistory will benefit from Butler's work, the underlying emotion will resonate especially with Britons—the book is a British import, and the "Our" in the subtitle refers to Britons—when he writes that "when we visit some of the remarkable prehistoric sites of the British Isles, we are simply going home."—Joan W. Gartland, Macomb Community Coll. Libs., Warren, MI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781907486449
Publisher:
Watkins Media
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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