Solving Stonehenge: The New Key to an Ancient Enigma

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A completely new and convincing solution to the key puzzles of Stonehenge.

As Anthony Johnson reveals in this astonishing book, patient detective work and detailed computer analysis of clues hidden within this famous monument can be made to yield remarkable new insights into how the earthwork and stone circle were conceived and laid out.

The story begins with a reappraisal ...
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Overview

A completely new and convincing solution to the key puzzles of Stonehenge.

As Anthony Johnson reveals in this astonishing book, patient detective work and detailed computer analysis of clues hidden within this famous monument can be made to yield remarkable new insights into how the earthwork and stone circle were conceived and laid out.

The story begins with a reappraisal of over 250 years of fieldwork, excavation, and speculation, including John Wood's highly accurate but often overlooked survey of 1740. It is the most important record of Stonehenge ever made, and the only reliable plan of the monumentbefore the fall of several major stones and their subsequent re-erection in the twentieth century.

The prehistoric engineering skills involved in the construction of Stonehenge have long been recognized, but Johnson presents for the first time tangible evidence to show that locked within the symmetry of the stones are precise formulae that determined their numbers, spacing, and relationships. He explains how the Neolithic surveyors set out the fifty-six Aubrey Holes, four Station Stones, and the thirty stones in the Sarsen Circle; and the significance of the horseshoe arrangement of massive trilithons at the heart of the monument. The implications are far reaching, demonstrating that the people who designed Stonehenge in all its phases of construction, spanning over 1,000 years, employed simple and elegant geometric rules.

Elaborate sightline theories, alignments, and astronomical computations are questioned, allowing the rationale behind Stonehenge and other prehistoric sites, some of which conformed to the same model, to be reassessed. 135illustrations, 35 in color.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500051559
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Johnson is an experienced archaeologist based in Oxford, with more than 300 archaeological surveys and site reports to his name.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction Seeking Explanations 7

1 Landscape & Opportunity 16

2 Myth, Legend, & the Early Antiquarians 34

3 Fieldwork, Excavation, & Speculation 51

4 The Early Earth & Timber Monument 94

5 The Stone Movement 122

6 Astronomy or Architecture? 175

7 The Prehistoric Surveyors 186

8 The Geometry of the Early Movement 207

9 The Geometry & Construction of the Stone Monument 225

Conclusion: Reassessing Stonehenge 251

Appendices 268

Notes 270

Bibliography 278

Sources of Illustrations 284

Index 285

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    I am a high school sophomore student who had to do a research pr

    I am a high school sophomore student who had to do a research project on Stonehenge. Solving Stonehenge
     is a great book that shows diagrams as well sketches of the monument. It is very detailed explains the theories
    behind Stonehenge as well as how it was constructed in over hundreds of years.  Johnson talks about the
     significance of the Neolithic surveyors plan to have the horseshoe arrangement of the trilithons at the heart
    of the monument surrounded by the Sarsen circle, Aubrey holes, and station stone. Johnson as well explains
    the geometry of the monument and the way they made the stones all leveled. It doesn't only tell us about
    Stonehenge it self but also places thats surrounded I like how Johnson tells  his opinion as a archeological
    surveyor and also has other researcher views of the monument from people that actually have been there and
    done lots of history behind this monument. I also like how many of the instruments that were used in
    Stonehenge are still used today. Anyone would enjoy this book if they are interested in history as well as math. 

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