The Making of Stonehenge

The Making of Stonehenge

by Rodney Castleden
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415085136

ISBN-13: 9780415085137

Pub. Date: 03/16/1994

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Every generation has created its own interpretation of Stonehenge, but rarely do these relate to the physical realities of the monument. Rodney Castleden begins with those elements which made possible the building of this vast stone circle: the site, the materials and the society that undertook the enormous task of transporting and raising the great vertical

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Every generation has created its own interpretation of Stonehenge, but rarely do these relate to the physical realities of the monument. Rodney Castleden begins with those elements which made possible the building of this vast stone circle: the site, the materials and the society that undertook the enormous task of transporting and raising the great vertical stones, then capping them, all to a carefully contrived plan.
What emerges from this detailed examination is a much fuller sense of Stonehenge, both in relation to all the similar sites close by, and in terms of the uses to which it was put. Castleden suggests that there is no one 'meaning' or 'purpose' for Stonehenge, that from its very beginning it has filled a variety of needs. The Romans saw it as a centre of resistance; the antiquaries who 'rediscovered' it in the seventeenth century saw a long line of continuity leading back into the nation's past. The archaeologists see it as a subject for rational, scientific investigation; The National Trust and English Heritage view it as an unfailing magnet for visitors; UNESCO has declared it a World Heritage Site, the cultural property of the whole of humanity. Lost to view amid competing interests over the millenia are the uses it has served for those who live within its penumbra, for whom Stonehenge has never been 'lost' or 'rediscovered'. It exists in local myth and legend, stretching back beyond history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415085137
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/16/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
1Introduction1
2'Beyond All Historical Recall'5
3The First Stonehenge28
4Stonehenge Abandoned?72
5Stones from Afar: The Bluestone Enigma93
6Culmination: The Sarsen Monument138
7Stonehenge Completed: The Return of the Bluestones171
8The Meaning of Stonehenge185
9Stonehenge in Decline226
Appendix A: The chronology of Stonehenge252
Appendix B: The cost of building the Stonehenge complex254
Appendix C: Radiocarbon dates258
Appendix D: Large volcanic eruptions and Stonehenge: a possible connection?260
Notes262
Bibliography286
Index297

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