Britain's leading expert on stone circles turns his attention to the greatest example of them all - Stonehenge . Every aspect of Stonehenge is re-considered in Aubrey Burl's new analysis.
He explains for the first time how the outlying Heel Stone long pre-dates Stonehenge itself, serving as a track way marker in the prehistoric Harroway. He uncovers new evidence that the Welsh bluestones were brought to Stonehenge by glaciation rather than by man. And he reveals just how far the design of Stonehenge was influenced by Breton styles and by Breton cults of the dead.
Meticulously research sets the record straight on the matter of Stonehenge's astronomical alignments. Although the existence of a sight line to the midsummer sunrise is well known, the alignment and the viewing position are different from popular belief. And the existence of an earlier alignment to the moon and a later one to the midwinter sunset has been largely unrealised.
One almost unexplained puzzle remains. The site of Stonehenge lies at the heart of a vast six mile wide graveyard, but before it was built there appears to have been a mysterious gap two miles across on that site. Burl argues that earlier totem pole style constructions served a ceremonial purpose for the living - to celebrate success in the hunt.
About the Author
Aubrey Burl is former principal lecturer in archaeology, Hull College of Higher Education. His many books on stone circles include Prehistoric Avebury and A Guide to the Stone Circles of Britain, Ireland, and Brittany.
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Comments about A Brief History of Stonehenge:
Great reference book but could skip over some pages if you're just looking for some background before or after visiting Stonehenge.
"This masterly account of Britain's largest stone circle is so thorough, intelligent, and above all, wonderfully readable."
Series: Brief History of
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 24th May 2007
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Dimensions (cm): 19.2 x 12.8 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.322
Edition Number: 1