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Great Crowns of Stone: The Recumbent Stone Circles of Scotland Hardcover – 1 Aug 2011


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  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) (1 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902419553
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902419558
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 455,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thorough, scholarly, beautifully illustrated . . . Sheds fascinating new light on Scotland's most enigmatic stone circles. --Current Archaeology

Detailed but never dry, this is a magnificently glossy tome for the coffee table but also for the back seat of the car as you seek out Scotland's ancient stone circles for yourself. --Scotland in Trust

A masterpiece of careful analysis . . . far better than anything that has been written on the subject before. It gives rise to ideas that may have an application far beyond the study area, and even beyond Scotland altogether. --Richard Bradley, The Prehistoric Society

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Adam Welfare is an archeological investigator for the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) specialising in the study of stone circles.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Golux on 8 Dec 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is surely set to be the standard reference on RSC's. A comprehensive coverage of the whole field ('scuse the pun) underpinned by the the exhaustive records of RCAHMS and the canmore database. Be sure to go to the RCAHMS website to download the 306-page companion work "Great Crowns of Stone.pdf", an A-Z gazetteer of all the RSC's mentioned in the book, giving the historical and archaeological records for each along with many photographs and plans (go to [...]
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robin Kincardine on 23 Aug 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book surpasses my expectations, and challenges ones preconceived notions about the recumbent stone circles of NE Scotland. Having visited some of them myself, I find the writer has not distracted from the mystery of them. Interestingly, he quotes Julian Cope and Burl, who have done much in the way of discovery and preservation. Beautiful photographs of many of the RSC's are a pleasure to behold. The graphs and antique renderings of many of the sites add to the engaging quality of the text.
After reading this glorious book, one will make haste to venture out to NE Scotland to visit one or all of the RSC's. Kudos to Adam Welfare!
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