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Stonehenge


Stonehenge
Stonehenge, which is a few miles to the North of Salisbury, is one of the most famous prehistoric monuments in the world.

The site of Stonehenge contains elements which are believed to date back to approximately 8000 BC. Construction of monuments at the site is believed to have begun around 3100 BC, with construction and reconstructions continuing until approximately 1600 BC.

Since the 20th century, there has been considerable archaelogical research into the history of Stonehenge. Additionally, the surrounding landscape has also been restored to chalk grassland (with buildings, but not roads removed), and ideas have also been muted (but not as yet implemented) to move nearby roads, especially the A303, in order to improve the landscape and protect the monument.

Stonehenge is today a legally protected ancient monument owned by the British Crown, and the site and its surroundings are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site is managed by English heritage, and the surrounding area by the National Trust.

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Stonehenge: Making Sense of a Prehistoric Mystery (Council for British Archaeology's Archaeology for All)

By Mike Parker Pearson, Colin Richards & Kate Welham

Council for British Archaeology
Paperback (120 pages)

Stonehenge: Making Sense of a Prehistoric Mystery (Council for British Archaeology s Archaeology for All)
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Stonehenge is an iconic monument for people all around the world. Built around 5000 years ago, it stands for mystery and forgotten secrets waiting to be decoded. In this latest book in the Council for British Archaeology's ‘Archaeology for All' series, Professor Mike Parker Pearson presents an up-to-date interpretation of Stonehenge and its landscape. Drawing on his years of research and excavation, the author presents a highly readable account that is lavishly illustrated with images by the renowned photographer Adam Stanford and the reconstruction artist Peter Dunn.

Build Your Own Stonehenge (Mega Mini Kit) (Miniature Editions)

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Build Your Own Stonehenge (Mega Mini Kit) (Miniature Editions)
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Now available in a new deluxe, eye-catching mega package, Build Your Own Stonehenge includes 16 Stonehenge rocks, a beautifully landscaped map, and 32- page guide explaining the mysterious building of this ancient wonder. Explore and replicate the magic of this extraordinary monument right at your desktop!

Stonehenge: The Story of a Sacred Landscape

By Francis Pryor

Pegasus Books
Released: 2018-02-06
Hardcover (208 pages)

Stonehenge: The Story of a Sacred Landscape
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An illustrated, evocative narrative of the nature and history of Stonehenge that places the enigmatic stone megaliths in a wider cultural context.

Perched on the chalk uplands of Salisbury Plain, the megaliths of Stonehenge offer one of the most recognizable outlines of any ancient structure. Its purpose―place of worship, sacrificial arena, giant calendar―is unknown, but its story is one of the most extraordinary of any of the world's prehistoric monuments.

Constructed in several phases over a period of some 1500 years, beginning in 3000 BC, Stonehenge's key elements are its “bluestones,” transported from West Wales by unexplained means, and its sarsen stones quarried from the nearby Marlborough Downs.

Francis Pryor delivers a rigorous account of the nature and history of Stonehenge, but also places the enigmatic monument in a wider cultural context, bringing acute insight into how antiquarians, scholars, writers, artists–and even neopagans―have interpreted the mystery over the centuries.

If Stones Could Speak: Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge (Orbis Pictus Honor for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (Awards))

By Marc Aronson

National Geographic Children's Books
Released: 2010-03-09
Hardcover (64 pages)

If Stones Could Speak: Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge (Orbis Pictus Honor for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (Awards))
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What are the secrets of the ancient stone circle? Were the carefully placed stones a burial site, an ancient calendar, a place of Druid worship...or even a site of sacrifice? World-renowned archaeologist Mike Parker-Pearson has spent the last seven years on a quest to answer these and many other questions. In If Stones Could Speak, award-winning author Marc Aronson joins the research crew and records their efforts to crack Stonehenge’s secrets. National Geographic helped sponsor the Riverside archeological team’s mission, and now young readers can journey behind the scenes to experience this groundbreaking story first-hand, through the eyes of the experts.

Mike and his team have revolutionized our understanding of Stonehenge by exploring the surrounding landscape for clues about the stones -- an idea first suggested by a visitor from Madagascar. The results have been breathtaking: The team recently unearthed the largest Neolithic village ever found in England. Marc Aronson had total access to the site, the team, and their work over two seasons of digging and brings the inspirational story of the discoveries taking place at this World Historical Site to young readers. The informative and drama-driven text includes tales of dead bodies, cremations, feasting, and ancient rituals, as well as insights into the science of uncovering the ancien t past.

The expert text, stunning photography, and explanatory maps and illustrations will all help young readers see this ancient monument in totally new ways, and inspire future generations of archaeological explorers.

Stonehenge - A New Understanding: Solving the Mysteries of the Greatest Stone Age Monument

By Mike Parker Pearson

The Experiment
Released: 2014-03-25
Paperback (432 pages)

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Stonehenge Complete (Fourth Edition)

By Christopher Chippindale

Thames Hudson
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“All you ever wanted to know about Stonehenge is catalogued in this humorously written,beautifully illustrated book.” ―The Economist

For 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.

286 illustrations, 13 in color

Stonehenge: The Story So Far

By Julian Richards

Historic England Publishing
Released: 2018-09-15
Hardcover (352 pages)

Stonehenge: The Story So Far
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Massive, enduring, iconic—Stonehenge is  perhaps the world’s most famous prehistoric monument. It has been an object of curiosity for centuries, the subject of endless investigation and source of a thousand theories.
            In this book, archaeologist Julian Richards sets out to tell Stonehenge’s fascinating story up to the present archaeological moment. Starting with a clear explanation of the structures of earth and stone that the monument is composed of, Richards then charts the ways that Stonehenge has been viewed, explored, and explained since medieval times, from its role in the folklore of giants, wizards, and druids, to its use for lavish burials of the elite and their gold, to its importance in the birth of modern archaeology. Tackling the big historical questions—who built Stonehenge, how, and why?—Richards takes a practical and critical look at the current theories and invites us in to the minds and world of our prehistoric ancestors. As the foundations for our understanding of Stonehenge’s origins and development, the excavations of the twentieth century are also reexamined in detail, as Richards weighs triumphant recoveries against disastrous destructions.
            Taking stock of new excavations in the wider landscape and at Stonehenge itself, and packed with diagrams, archival images, and stunning contemporary photography, this edition tells the ongoing story of Stonehenge.

STONEHENGE: The Mysteries of England's Most Sacred Historical Landmark

By Phil Coleman

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STONEHENGE: The Mysteries of England s Most Sacred Historical Landmark
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STONEHENGE: The Mysteries of England's Most Sacred Historical Landmark

Mention Stonehenge and many people instantly think of an ancient monument with religious significance. They see images of Druids at sunrise, the summer and winter solstices, and festivals. There are hundreds of ancient circles around the UK — an estimated 900 now and possibly over 4,000 at one time. The earliest ones were built of wood but that changed to stone in the late Neolithic and early Bronze Age period. Stonehenge may, therefore, be regarded as just one amongst many. It is, however, without doubt unique. It’s a wonderful piece of engineering, especially considering it was built by people who had only the most rudimentary of tools to do the job. Its history goes back over 4,500 years — even older than the Egyptian pyramids — and possibly even further, with evidence of other major construction on the site going back another 2,000 years. Indeed, some large Mesolithic post holes found under the current car park are dated around 8,000 BC, indicating a possible 10,000 year plus usage of the site. This book looks at the history, mystery and sacred tales of Stonehenge, England's most cherished landmark.

Stonehenge: The Eternal Mystery in Pictures

By English Heritage

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Stonehenge: The Eternal Mystery in Pictures
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Stonehenge is one of the wonders of the world, a symbol of ancient achievement and a testament to the skills of our distant ancestors. It remains a place of great mystery and a place of haunting beauty. It is unique amongst Neolithic monuments; there is nothing like it anywhere else in the world. Today, nearly a million people a year come to brooding, wind-swept Salisbury Plain and marvel at the henge's great age, the size and arrangement of its iconic stones and the extraordinary ingenuity of its prehistoric builders. This stunning album captures that beauty and the many moods of Stonehenge, using familiar images and new photography to show the stones and their setting from every angle. Each spread includes a 'compass' to show the direction of the photograph. The majesty of the monument is captured in every season, through wintry mists and at the setting of the sun on mid-summer's day.


 
 
 

 
 
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