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Stone Circles

Stone Circles

by Hugh Newman

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What are stone circles? When were they built, and why? How come so many of them egg-shaped, or geometrically flattened?

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× Stone Circles

by Hugh Newman (Author)

Format:

Paperback / softback

64 pages, 200

Publisher:Wooden Books

Imprint:Wooden Books

ISBN:9781904263951

Published:31 Aug 2017

Dimensions:126 x 155 x 8 (mm)

Pub. Country:United Kingdom

Country of Origin:GB

Description

What are stone circles? When were they built, and why? How come so many of them egg-shaped, or geometrically flattened? What do they have to do with the landscape, Sun, Moon and stars? In this beautifully illustrated book, megalithomaniac Hugh Newman takes us on a fascinating journey around the world, examining these mysterious monuments of the megalithic culture from Wessex to Scotland, France to Poland, North America to Africa and India to Japan. WOODEN BOOKS are small but packed with information. "Fascinating" FINANCIAL TIMES.

"Beautiful" LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS. "Rich and Artful" THE LANCET. "Genuinely mind-expanding" FORTEAN TIMES.

"Excellent" NEW SCIENTIST. "Stunning" NEW YORK TIMES. Small books, big ideas.

Ring of Stone Circles : Exploring Neolithic Cumbria

by Stan L Abbott

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To paraphrase L.P. Hartley, "The past is a different country." Stan L Abbott sets out to explore the visible clues to our mysterious past from the Neolithic and Bronze Ages: stone circles. Cumbria boasts more of these monuments than any other English county.

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by Stan L Abbott (Author)

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Paperback / softback

240 pages

Publisher:Saraband

Imprint:Saraband

ISBN:9781913393434

Published:14 Apr 2022

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Dimensions:196 x 128 x 26 (mm)

Pub. Country:United Kingdom

Country of Origin:GB

Description

To paraphrase L.P. Hartley, "The past is a different country." Stan L Abbott sets out to explore the visible clues to our mysterious past from the Neolithic and Bronze Ages: stone circles. Cumbria boasts more of these monuments than any other English county.

Here, our tallest mountains are ringed by almost fifty circles and henges, most of them sited in the foothills or on outlying plateaux. Were these the earliest such monuments in Britain, placing Cumbria at the heart of Neolithic society? And what traces of that society remain today in the roads we travel, the food we eat, the words we speak, our work and play? By observing and comparing many sites in Cumbria and beyond, and researching many sources, a greater understanding emerges. Were some circles built for ritualistic purposes, or perhaps astronomical? Were they burial sites? Or were they just places for people to meet? Illustrated with linocut illustrations by artist Denise Burden, Ring of Stone Circles follows the search for the hidden stories these monuments guard - and might reveal if we get to know them.

Stonehenge : A Brief History

by Professor Mike Parker Pearson

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Stonehenge is one of the world's most famous monuments. Who built it, how and why are questions that have endured for at least 900 years, but modern methods of investigation are now able to offer up a completely new understanding of this iconic stone circle.

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× Stonehenge : A Brief History

by Professor Mike Parker Pearson (Author)

Format:

Paperback / softback

208 pages, 50 bw illus

Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Imprint:Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN:9781350192225

Published:4 May 2023

Dimensions:156 x 234 x 17 (mm)

Pub. Country:United Kingdom

Country of Origin:GB

Description

Stonehenge is one of the world's most famous monuments. Who built it, how and why are questions that have endured for at least 900 years, but modern methods of investigation are now able to offer up a completely new understanding of this iconic stone circle. Stonehenge's history straddles the transition from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age, though its story began long before it was built.

Serving initially as a burial ground, it evolved over time into a sacred place for gathering, feasting and building, and was remodelled several times as different peoples arrived in the area along with new technologies and customs. In more recent centuries it has found itself the centre of excavations, political protests and even conspiracy theories, embedding itself in the consciousness of the modern world. In this book Mike Parker Pearson draws on two decades of research, the results of recent excavations and cutting-edge scientific analyses to uncover many of the secrets that this prehistoric stone circle has kept for 5,000 years.

In doing so, he paints the most comprehensive picture yet of the history of Stonehenge, from its origins up to the 21st century, and reveals how in some ways trying to explain its power of attraction in the present is harder than explaining its purpose in the ancient past.