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A Guide to the Stone Circles of Britain, Ireland and Brittany Paperback – 3 Apr 1995

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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (3 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300063318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300063318
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.6 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 774,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'[Aubrey Burl] has provided restrained, tempered yet incisive and scientific insights into prehistory's most enigmatic monumnet types.' -- Tom Condit, Archaeology Ireland, Winter 2005 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Aubrey Burl was until his retirement principal lecturer in archaeology at Hull College of Higher Education. He is the author of numerous publications, including The Stone Circles of the British Isles, Prehistoric Avebury, and From Carnac to Callanish, all published by Yale University Press. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Despite its neglect Boscawen-Un, 'the house of the elder tree', is one of the most evocative megalithic rings in western Europe. Read the first page
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 28 Nov. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Aubrey Burl's previous works were showing a wee bit of dating. As carbon dating become more accurate, you are seeing these ancient rings grow older in age instead of younger as they anticipated. While Burl's previous works were amazing, this long awaited "update" of this information, as well as addition information on more recent excavations make this is must. Yes, it's expensive. But it's worth every penny. There are new insight in the the purpose of the rings of stone, a new interpretation of Calanais (sorry, as a Scot I refuse to call it Callanish!) and Stonehenge
The beautiful book is loaded with hundreds of photos, explores the ancestry, methods of construction and why they were abandoned after thousands of years of use.
Marvelous work made even better by bringing the information up to date.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Mar. 2001
Format: Hardcover
Aubrey Burl has the credentials and credibility to author this, the best reference to the stone circles of Britain, Ireland and Brittany, with gusto. It is a powerful masterpiece which is long overdue in the world of prehistoric antiquarianism. It surpasses all contemporaries in the field with no difficulty. While many others, Julian Cope's tome included, are wonderful texts in themselves, none come close to the mastery of the subject area that Burl exhibits here.
The information shared with the reader is truly remarkable. Everything you will ever need to know about these stones is here, from the swirling myths and legends which surround such phenomena to historical, geographical, geological, astronomical and archaeological facts. The only thing left is to actually follow the maps and go and see them for yourself. It is one of the cheapest, most leisurely and yet interesting activities any one could ever do. The hefty price of this book is well justified.
It is the big brother of "A guide to the Stone Circles of Britain, Ireland, and Brittany", which is the smaller version or gazetteer to be carried around while tramping over the hills and moors searching for these elusive shrines. This book is a tad too big for space in the rambling haversack.
Every circle doesn't make it. "Bedd Gurfal" here in North Wales doesn't make an appearance, neither do a few other smaller rings, but all of the larger rings are not only mentioned, but are positively dissected with words, diagrams, pictures and academic hypotheses.
If you ever want to purchase an all knowing, all telling book on this subject, you need not look any further... Expensive, but truly magnificent.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By sydhancock@compuserve.com on 26 Oct. 1999
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because I have found very little in English about the stones of Brittany. I was disappointed with that aspect of the book as there are only 11 pages on this area in a book of over 260. I do not think that the material warrants the inclusion of 'Brittany' as equal billing in the title and the title is therefore quite misleading. But the material on the sites on britain and Ireland is detailed, including map references, and very well presented. The book is small enough to go into a pocket and has hard-wearing covers. So, with the above qualification, I would rate it as very good.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Black Van Man on 24 Mar. 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A word of warning - Amazon appear to have created a confusing situation here.

A. Burl has two books with very similar titles. The one shown here (Hardback) is "The Stone Circles of Britain, Ireland and Brittany" an updating of his 1976 "The Stone Circles of the British Isles".
The paperback listed under other buying options is "_A Guide to_the Stone Circles of Britain, Ireland and Brittany" the 2005 (very slightly) updated version of his book of the same title first published in 1995.

Do not make the mistake I did and buy the paperback listed here expecting the content shown above! I have rated the book 5 stars in the hope that people will see this warning - I have yet to.

It is very disappointing that Burl (and Yale who publish all the books mentioned) has given two quite different texts such similar titles though Amazon should really pay better attention.

Note that all the attached reviews for 'paperback' will be for the other book also.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Kingston on 3 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a book full of useful information and history. My one objection is that the photos are somewhat drab and, given the fascination and beauty of stone circles, they should not be. Clearly the book would be much more expensive if it had a lot of colour pictures, but I feel something is lacking in presentation with this book.

Having read the book more carefully, I'd like to praise the author's knowledge and fascination with his subject which have increased my appreciation of the book. The 'false' stone circles (18th and 19th century AD) are delightfully described at the end of the book and I was unaware that any such existed (although Will Self apparently built himself a megalithic monument in his garden after spending time exploring the amazing chambered cairns of Rousay, Orkney - Excuse irrelevant comment).

I still regret the lack of enticing photos in the book though.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Aug. 2002
Format: Paperback
I've used this book on many visits to English and Irish sites, and the layout of the book, directions to the various sites, and descriptions are excellent.
However, I was under the assumption that every significant site was listed, but during my last visit to Ireland, I visited 2 superb stone circles not even listed in the book. Why?
It's still worth every penny, and I know I'll use it again.
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