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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 - 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)

Stonehenge - A New Understanding: Solving the Mysteries of the Greatest Stone Age Monument
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Stonehenge stands as an enduring link to our prehistoric ancestors, yet the secrets it has guarded for thousands of years have long eluded us. Until now, the millions of enthusiasts who flock to the iconic site have made do with mere speculation―about Stonehenge’s celestial significance, human sacrifice, and even aliens and druids. One would think that the numerous research expeditions at Stonehenge had left no stone unturned. Yet, before the Stonehenge Riverside Project―a hugely ambitious, seven-year dig by today’s top archaeologists―all previous digs combined had only investigated a fraction of the monument, and many records from those earlier expeditions are either inaccurate or incomplete.

Stonehenge―A New Understanding rewrites the story. From 2003 to 2009, author Mike Parker Pearson led the Stonehenge Riverside Project, the most comprehensive excavation ever conducted around Stonehenge. The project unearthed a wealth of fresh evidence that had gone untouched since prehistory. Parker Pearson uses that evidence to present a paradigm-shifting theory of the true significance that Stonehenge held for its builders―and mines his field notes to give you a you-are-there view of the dirt, drama, and thrilling discoveries of this history-changing archaeological dig.

Build Your Own Stonehenge (Mega Mini Kit)

Brand: Running Press Miniature Editions
Paperback (32 pages)

Build Your Own Stonehenge (Mega Mini Kit)
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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: 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.

Where Is Stonehenge?

By True Kelley

Grosset & Dunlap
Released: 2016-09-06
Paperback (112 pages)

Where Is Stonehenge?
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Unravel some of the riddles of Stonehenge, one of the most famous and mysterious monuments in the world!

Where is Stonehenge? That's an easy question to answer. It sits on the Salisbury Plain in Southern England. But what is the meaning of these strange circles of stones? Was Stonehenge a religious site to honor the dead? Or a sacred place of healing? Or perhaps an astrological calendar? These are much harder questions to answer. However, in an engaging and easy-to-read account, True Kelley puts forth all theories—past as well as current ones—about Stonehenge and the people who four thousand years ago managed to build this amazing monument.

Stonehenge Complete (Fourth Edition)

By Christopher Chippindale

Thames Hudson
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Stonehenge Complete (Fourth Edition)
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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

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: The Mysterious Megaliths

By Cheryl Leonard

Released: 2017-04-02
Kindle Edition (30 pages)

Stonehenge: The Mysterious Megaliths
 
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One of the world’s most famous megalithic monuments, Stonehenge, an ancient sacred site, is located on the Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, Southern England. It is an impressive prehistoric circle constructed approximately 5,000 years ago, due to its amazing scale, magnificent stones, the quality of its construction, and the significance and purpose it holds for mankind. This book includes an introduction into its description and historical background, the builders and construction phases, methods of transporting the stones, discoveries and theories.

Stonehenge Today and Yesterday

By Frank Stevens

Released: 2012-05-12
Kindle Edition (51 pages)

Stonehenge Today and Yesterday
 
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History's Greatest Mysteries: Stonehenge

By Jesse Harasta

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History s Greatest Mysteries: Stonehenge
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*Includes pictures of Stonehenge and important people and events in its history.
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*Covers the archaeological and cultural history of the site as a place for science, religion and folklore.
*Includes a Bibliography.
“The interest that has always attached itself to Stonehenge has, without doubt, been in a great measure due to the mystery as to the origin of this unique monument of bygone time.” – H.P. Blackmore, 1916.
For centuries, professional historians have labored through the painstaking task of documenting history as accurately as possible, but even with modern technology, archaeology, and records, some questions have eluded attempts to answer them. From the origins of Atlantis to the Lost Colony of Roanoke, the mysteries behind some of history’s most famous people and events have fascinated countless generations. In Charles River Editors’ History’s Greatest Mysteries series, readers can discover the known, the unknown, and the possible answers to history’s most enduring questions in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.
On the Salisbury Plain, only a few hours from the hustle and bustle of Central London lies one of the greatest surviving relics of humanity's ancient past: the mighty stone circle of Stonehenge. Stonehenge is one of the most well-known ancient sites in the world, and an image of it raises numerous associations and emotional responses. Its impressiveness comes not only from its size and remarkable level of preservation, but moreso because of the incredible precision with which it was constructed during an era of simple technology and social organization. Obviously, it is a place of great importance—then and now.
Despite its placid, changeless appearance, Stonehenge has been a place of political, ideological and religious struggle for centuries. From the vigorous debates of 19th century theorists to the all-night dance parties of the 1980s, the history and legacy of Stonehenge is as much about the desires and fears of the people of modern Britain as it is about the ancients. Stonehenge has belonged to all of Britain's people since its construction began roughly 5,000 years ago, and they have all added to its unfolding story.
Of course, Stonehenge has long fascinated the rest of the world too, as people continue to try to understand every aspect of the site and the underlying purpose of it. This involves an understanding of why Stonehenge is located where it is, what the materials consist of, and what archaeology has uncovered about the people who built it. On top of that, Stonehenge is a center of mythology and folklore that has evolved over time, establishing the foundation for a unique spiritual belief system that both celebrates Stonehenge as a “living temple” and challenges the official guardians of the place.
History’s Greatest Mysteries: Stonehenge comprehensively covers the facts, mysteries, and theories surrounding the ancient megalith. Readers will understand Stonehenge from all dimensions: as a physical place, an object of scholarly study, a site of ecstatic worship, a “must see” world-class tourist destination and a simultaneous icon of both history and counterculture. Along with pictures and a bibliography, you will learn about Stonehenge like you never have before, in no time at all.


 
 
 

 
 
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