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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)

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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.

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

By Mike Parker Pearson

Parker Pearson Mike
Released: 2014-03-25
Paperback (432 pages)

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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) (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!

Where Is Stonehenge?

By True Kelley

True Kelley
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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“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 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.

Stonehenge: Planets and Constellations

By Mr. Brent Stagnaro

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Discover how Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, as well as constellations Cygnus, Sagittarius, Draco, and Crux impacted the site, structure, and religious cosmology of the early inhabitants. Fully explained are new revelations with regard into how the structure was used to view planets at opposition; as a planetary chart, tracking Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn as they orbit around the sun; as a monthly and weekly calendar; and insight into who the builders may have been. Included are new theories regarding Atlantis, Pyramids of Giza, and Ohio's Serpent Mound.

Stonehenge (English Heritage Red Guides)

By Julian Richards

English Heritage
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Stonehenge (English Heritage Red Guides)
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Stonehenge is one of the wonders of the world. Its great stones were raised more than 4,000 years ago as a temple to the sun; its banks and ditches are older still. This new guide includes a tour and history of the site and its remarkable landscape, together with full-colour maps, plans, reconstruction drawings and historic photographs.

Stonehenge (Wooden Books)

By Robin Heath

Walker & Company
Released: 2002-04-01
Hardcover (64 pages)

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Once part of a large culture of stone circles, Stonehenge―built around 3000 B.C. and developed over the next 1,500 years―is the most famous. The remains of a once-wealthy and evidently learned tribal community, it reflects the apparently disparate subjects of archaeology, astronomy, metrology, sacred geometry, and even shamanism. How were eclipses predicted at Stonehenge? Why were some stones brought all the way from Wales? What is the secret geometry of seven eights? These and many other questions are answered―and Stonehenge's secrets revealed―in this fascinating small book.



 
 
 

 
 
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