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Avebury: Biography of a Landscape Paperback – 19 Apr 2002

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (19 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752419579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752419572
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 494,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Gillings is Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Leicester. Joshua Pollard is Lecturer in Archaeology and Prehistory, University of Wales College, Newport. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Feb 2004
Format: Paperback
This book concerns itself with the World heritage site of the Avebury stone circle and its surrounding landscape. One of the many wonderful things about the book is the collaboration between the two authors. The combination of Prehistorian (Pollard)and Medievalist(Reynolds)allows the contents of this book spread itself over a period of some 12000 years, from the earliest mesolithic to the late medieval period. This spread allows the book to escape the usual dry archaeological commentary of other similar texts. The authors synopsis also gives us some new insights into how people may have thought of, moved through and used the Avebury landscape over time. The illustrations, as well as the text and the colour plates, are first class. A good book for any one looking to understand Avebury within a wider context.
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Factual, thorough and a good read as well! 14 Jan 2006
By Ronald A. Van Gurp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book contains an overview of the history of Avebury as seen through the eyes of the archaeologist. Covering the period from the time before the megalithic site of Avebury was even created to its contemporary status and struggles, Pollard and Giddings provide a fascinating account of the ancient and not-so-ancient history of this site.

Their story is always entertaining and a quite nice read, yet at the same time scientifically thorough and without unnecessary speculations. A vast bibliography accompanies the book for further reading or more in depth study.

The influential Alexander Keiller and William Stukeley, who both put Avebury on the map for posterity, are portrayed in quite an amusing but respectful way. More importantly, these portraits also shed a new and interesting light on their motives and personalities and the way these are echoed in the Avebury we perceive today.

Pollard and Gillings emphasize the inherent complexity of a monument such as Avebury, which is increased by the fragmentary and sometimes rudimentary knowledge we possess about its history, its role and even its make-up. Their view is that of a monument in which the process of creating it as an expression of communal activity was perhaps more important to its makers than its ultimate shape and design.

"Avebury" provides a contemporary and rather unbiased and factual look on the megalithic site of Avebury and its associated monuments. I personally would have liked to see a little bit more illustrations and photographs, but with this book it is clearly the content that counts. The various theories and interpretations about its role and purpose in Neolithic society are presented in a matter-of-fact way and largely left uncommented. The book is therefore highly recommended to those who are interested in the facts about Avebury, but prefer to make up their own mind about its significance.
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By Valarie J. Vousden - Published on Amazon.com
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We recently visited here and it really stuck with me how mysterious and magical the place is. So finding this book was very exciting. It arrived quickly and in the condition described. Can't wait to dig into it! Thanks.
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