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A Guide To The Stone Circles Of Britain Ireland And Brittany

Author : Aubrey Burl
ISBN : 0300114060
Genre : History
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This practical and knowledgeable guidebook deals comprehensively with the stone circles of Britain and Ireland and with the cromlechs and megalithic "horseshoes" of Brittany. This new edition includes a section on "Druidical" circles, romantic creations of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. "This book is not only an elegant and practical guide, it is also the best single-volume study of this extraordinary phenomenon, embracing 500 monuments from Shetland to Brittany. . . . Confident, erudite, pleasurable, this volume can be recommended as travel guide, archaeology, literature, and sheer good company."--Ian Sheperd, British Archaeology "This is a wonderful book and is a must for anyone remotely interested in things megalithic."--Paul Walsh, Archaeology Ireland
Category: History

The Stone Circles Of Britain Ireland And Brittany

Author : Aubrey Burl
ISBN : 0300083475
Genre : History
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A substantially revised edition of Aubrey Burl's The Stone Circles of the British Isles , now out of print. This classic study of stone circles discusses the stone circle tradition, their construction, meaning and function, and their abandonment. It includes a new interpretation of Stonehenge and Callanish, and includes many well known and lesser known examples. The gazetteer of sites is arranged geographically and includes information on the many different theories about the meaning of the circles, recent radiocarbon dates and evidence from new excavations. A classic study, although you may find that many of the ideas have already been presented in Burl's other books.
Category: History

Standing With Stones

Author : Rupert Soskin
ISBN : UOM:39015080720728
Genre : History
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The mystical and wondrous ancient stone monuments of Great Britain and Ireland are captured via richly colored photos along with a discussion of why, when, and how they might have been made, including Stonehenge, Stenness, and Arbor Low.
Category: History

Prehistoric Avebury

Author : Aubrey Burl
ISBN : 0300090870
Genre : Social Science
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This magnificent book is a fascinating account of the prehistoric stone circles at Avebury, which not only II date from an earlier era but are also larger than the more famous sarsen stone circle of Stonehenge. Written by a leading archaeologist, the book considers every aspect of Avebury's history and construction and discusses the probable purpose of these massive structures, in the process creating a vivid and moving picture of their creators -- a primitive people whose lives were brief, savage, and fearful.
Category: Social Science

The Megalithic Monuments Of Britain And Ireland

Author : Christopher Scarre
ISBN : 0500286663
Genre : Social Science
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Documents the creation of large-stone, earth, and wood structures in Britain and Ireland throughout prehistoric periods, discussing the architecture and diversity of the megalithic phenomenon and how it transformed regional landscapes. Original.
Category: Social Science

Prehistoric Britain

Author : Timothy Darvill
ISBN : 9781136973031
Genre : Social Science
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Britain has been inhabited by humans for over half a million years, during which time there were a great many changes in lifestyles and in the surrounding landscape. This book, now in its second edition, examines the development of human societies in Britain from earliest times to the Roman conquest of AD 43, as revealed by archaeological evidence. Special attention is given to six themes which are traced through prehistory: subsistence, technology, ritual, trade, society, and population. Prehistoric Britain begins by introducing the background to prehistoric studies in Britain, presenting it in terms of the development of interest in the subject and the changes wrought by new techniques such as radiocarbon dating, and new theories, such as the emphasis on social archaeology. The central sections trace the development of society from the hunter-gatherer groups of the last Ice Age, through the adoption of farming, the introduction of metalworking, and on to the rise of highly organized societies living on the fringes of the mighty Roman Empire in the 1st century AD. Throughout, emphasis is given to documenting and explaining changes within these prehistoric communities, and to exploring the regional variations found in Britain. In this way the wealth of evidence that can be seen in the countryside and in our museums is placed firmly in its proper context. It concludes with a review of the effects of prehistoric communities on life today. With over 120 illustrations, this is a unique review of Britain's ancient past as revealed by modern archaeology. The revisions and updates to Prehistoric Britain ensure that this will continue to be the most comprehensive and authoritative account of British prehistory for those students and interested readers studying the subject.
Category: Social Science

Great Stone Circles

Author : Aubrey Burl
ISBN : 0300076894
Genre : Architecture
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Archaeologist Aubrey Burl, for more than thirty years a specialist in the study of stone circles, selects a dozen attractive and evocative rings for close examination. Each of the twelve sites illuminates a particular archaeological question - the purpose of stone circles, their construction, age, distribution, design, art, legend and relation to astronomy. Burl asks, and offers sometimes surprising answers to questions about Stonehenge: how were its bluestones transported from south-west Wales, why was its Slaughter Stone not used for sacrifice, and why is Stonehenge - the most British of stone circles - not a stone circle and not British? To conclude his account of the strange subtleties of stone circles, Burl reconstructs the social history of Swinside in the Lake District, describing the builders, their way of life, and the ceremonies they performed inside their lovely ring.
Category: Architecture

Prehistoric Stone Circles

Author : Aubrey Burl
ISBN : 0747806098
Genre : Social Science
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For centuries, stone circles have excited the imagination of their visitors, while archaeologists, astronomers and anthropologists have argued about the purpose of these mysterious abandoned rings. In recent years, accurate surveys of many sites have revealed that these monuments were not simply roughly arranged stone circles, but instead elegantly designed ritual centers. Modern excavations have shown that the earliest circles were erected over five thousand years ago and that sightlines were often built into them towards the sun or moon. Whether in northern Scotland, western Ireland, Wales, or southern England, a picture appears of widely dispersed communities constructing great rings for their ceremonies, frequently burying burnt human bone inside them. In Prehistoric Stone Circles, Aubrey Burl studies these rings, explores their history and reveals how we are gradually coming to an understanding of the true significance of these incredible feats of construction.
Category: Social Science

Rings Of Stone

Author : Aubrey Burl
ISBN : STANFORD:36105035964670
Genre : Social Science
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Magic Stones

Author : Jan Pohribný
ISBN : IND:30000117247944
Genre : Art
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Magic Stones documents, in photographs by Czech photographer Jan Pohribny, humanity's obsession with stone. Pohribny's journey - a pilgrimage lasting more than seventeen years - took him from the far north of Scandinavia, through the British Isles and across much of mainland Europe to the islands of the Mediterranean. From the temples of Malta and the great tombs and alignments of Brittany and Britain to the labyrinths of Finland, this book explores these enigmatic stones in their landscape, as part of nature and as a reminder that, thousands of years on, they still hold a certain magic. With over 250 full-colour photographs of megalithic sites throughout Europe and an introduction by a maker and presenter of history shows, Julian Richards, Magic Stones will appeal to anyone interested in archaeology or in the more mythical aspects of these haunting reminders of our ancient past.
Category: Art