The Making of Stonehenge

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In The Making of Stonehenge, Rodney Castleden provides a comprehensive sense of Stonehenge--both in relation to the similar sites nearby and in terms of its uses. First describing those elements which made possible the assembly of this vast stone circle, Castleden also speculates about the society which undertook the enormous task of transporting and raising these giant vertical stones. He concludes that there is no one ``meaning'' or ``purpose'' for Stonehenge, but that from its very beginning it has filled a variety of needs and considers the consequences of Stonehenge's continual mythologization and reappropriation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415085137
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/16/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
1 Introduction 1
2 'Beyond All Historical Recall' 5
3 The First Stonehenge 28
4 Stonehenge Abandoned? 72
5 Stones from Afar: The Bluestone Enigma 93
6 Culmination: The Sarsen Monument 138
7 Stonehenge Completed: The Return of the Bluestones 171
8 The Meaning of Stonehenge 185
9 Stonehenge in Decline 226
Appendix A: The chronology of Stonehenge 252
Appendix B: The cost of building the Stonehenge complex 254
Appendix C: Radiocarbon dates 258
Appendix D: Large volcanic eruptions and Stonehenge: a possible connection? 260
Notes 262
Bibliography 286
Index 297
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