Stonehenge Complete

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?All you ever wanted to know about Stonehenge is catalogued in this humorously written,beautifully illustrated book.? ?The EconomistFor the fourth edition of this classic account, Christopher Chippindale has revised and expanded the story to include the most up-to-date theories and discoveries.People have puzzled over Stonehenge for centuries, speculating and dreaming about it, drawing and painting it, trying to make sense of it. Here is the story of the one real Stonehenge, as well as the many unreal Stonehenges that archaeologists, tourists,

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Overview

“All you ever wanted to know about Stonehenge is catalogued in this humorously written,beautifully illustrated book.” —The EconomistFor the fourth edition of this classic account, Christopher Chippindale has revised and expanded the story to include the most up-to-date theories and discoveries.People have puzzled over Stonehenge for centuries, speculating and dreaming about it, drawing and painting it, trying to make sense of it. Here is the story of the one real Stonehenge, as well as the many unreal Stonehenges that archaeologists, tourists, mystics, astronomers, artists, poets, and visionaries have made out of it.New studies in the last decade have revolutionized our knowledge of the complex sequence of structures that make its celebrated profile, in particular indicating that the monument is decidedly older than was once thought. Moreover, as Chippindale shows, we know now that the main alignment at Stonehenge was not in fact on midsummer sunrise but rather on midwinter sunset.

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Editorial Reviews

The Guardian
“It would not be easy to name a better guide . . . than Chippindale’s very welcome study of Stonehenge through the ages.”
The Times Literary Supplement
“Splendidly illustrated . . .a standard reference work.”
Library Journal
This moderately revised edition of the 1983 original is even more "complete." LJ's reviewer praised the volume for its scope, finding it "always interesting" (LJ 9/1/83).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500289662
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 430,847
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Chippindale is Reader in Archaeology and a curator for British collections at the Cambridge University Museum of Archeology and Anthropology.

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Table of Contents

1 To the medieval eye 20
2 In the age of Queen Elizabeth 29
3 During the English Renaissance 43
4 Mr. Aubrey and Dr. Stukeley 66
5 A delusion of Druids 82
6 The sublime and the romantic 96
7 The making of Ancient Wiltshire 113
8 Of age, evolution and astronomy 126
9 Victorian visitors 141
10 The proprietor and his public 157
11 1900 and after 164
12 The destruction of half Stonehenge 179
13 Wessex to Mycenae, and back 198
14 The moon behind the megaliths 226
15 Alternative visions 239
16 A future for Stonehenge 259
17 Stonehenge : a basis of knowledge 278
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    I am a high school sophomore and I had to read this book for a r

    I am a high school sophomore and I had to read this book for a research project. Although it didn't quite have a story line, the book itself was a great resource for my project. It discussed the discovery of Stonehenge, and the many theories people had about the mystery of how the stones got there. Chippindale gave facts about Stonehenge in the past, and people who helped to discover it. What I thought was most fascinating was learning about the ancient Druids and the many mysteries of Stonehenge. The book starts off slow, but progresses toward the end. Although it wasn’t my first choice, Stonehenge Complete was an interesting book and it taught me things about Stonehenge that I had never known before. The facts Chippindale gives are intriguing and descriptive, but I didn't enjoy the fact that it was missing a story line because it made it quite difficult to read. I thought the book was lengthy, and contained a copious amount of details. Reading this book made me want to visit Stonehenge. I recommend this book to someone who is doing a research project, or someone interested in unlocking the secrets of the Stonehenge.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2004

    The book 'Stonehenge Complete' is a good read.

    A good book, but Christopher Chippindale failed to mention the first stones brought to Stonehenge in the Late Neolithic Period from the South Wales Coalfield area. Stonehenge's first hauled stones, of course, are the white Early Carboniferous (Mississippian) Period, Arundian Age, High Tor (Birnbeck) Limestone Formation calcium carbonates of its original counterscarp bank (3/4's later moved to Heelstone ditch and Stonehenge's nearest barrow 100 metres east-southeast of Heelstone). These first transported stones overlay Stonehenge's geologic outcrop of white Late Cretaceous Period, Santonian Age, Seaford Chalk Formation calcium carbonates. Other than Christopher Chippindale not mentioning these Stonehenge Whitestones, as they are commonly referred to by BGS (British Geological Survey) geologists, the book 'Stonehenge Complete' is a good read.

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