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Avebury Paperback

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  • Paperback: 58 pages
  • Publisher: Wooden Books
  • ISBN-10: 1902418239
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902418230
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 12.2 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 674,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This recently published book on Avebury is a worthwhile purchase for newcomers to the Avebury story, mainly for the rich illustrations which are, by and large, reproductions of engravings from William Stukeley's classic 18th century book.
The text, however, lets the book down, as it's riddled with punctuation errors and spelling mistakes (what's a "funery" urn I wonder? Why is "it's" constantly used in place of "its"?). The ideas and thoughts expressed in the book are sound though and, if the text can be corrected for the next edition, it would make an excellent addition to any library.
Buy it for the illustrations and you won't be disappointed...
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This is a tiny little book with a charming presentation (like all Wooden Books) brown ink on thick quality paper and ilustration evrywhere. Dont however let the quaint presentation make you think it lacking in any way. These books are packed with facts and information. In a book this size, you can only expect an introduction, but here you get an introduction to everything about Avebury (apart from how to get there). Even if like me you find yourself interested in the technicalities of stone rings, (and you can manage mathematics and astronomy) you will still value having this as your introductory guide to Avebury. I keep having to buy more of these as I keep giving them away to people who dont know about Avebury. You can open this anywhere and be interested by what is on that page. Very few books contain such a density of easy to read enjoyable information. I always return to these little books no matter what other volumes I have.

Make this your first introduction to Avebury and you might find things missing from the books you buy afterwards.

PS. if you dont know about Avebury, then go and visit Stonehenge, suffer the disappointment of not getting close enough, then visit the site you never heard of starting in the avenue, and take one of these books with you.
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For even the casual observer (such as myself) there's something about stone circles that inspires awe and yet they remain a curiosity. Their true significance has little impact on us today. Sadly, at first glance they look like primitive things fashioned into simple worshiping sites by primitive ancestors who left no records. Nothing could be simpler than a few unhewn stones arranged in a simple circle, could it? But let us consider a few facts. Firstly, the stone circles are often just one part of a large complex that includes other types of ancient construction, some now destroyed. In the case of Avebury, the whole landscape for miles around has other sites that are linked to it, including our very own Great Pyramid, the artificial Silbury hill. In fact, Western Europe is covered in circles and barrows and many of them required extraordinary organisation of manpower and exactitude of design. So far you may be thinking, so what? But the stones are not arranged wily-nilly, or to look pretty, but incorporate mathematical forumalae, are carefully and knowledgeably positioned (Avebury is apparently exactly three sevenths north of the equator) and align with moon and sun rises at key times. And probably much more. They were also built over thousands of years, so it seems that this culture endured long enough to deserve a bigger mention than it gets in the history books. Could it be that before recorded history our ancestors knew that the Earth tilted at 23.4 degrees on its axis? And hence, I suppose, that it was spherical). Did you know about the Michael line? Or that the waterboard still use dowsers?
This book in an excellent introduction to Avebury for anybody who just knew of it as a decent alternative to Stonehenge.
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