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Henge Monuments of the British Isles: Myth and Archaeology [Paperback]

Jan Harding
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1 Jun 2003
The later Neolithic henges are a distinctive yet enigmatic class of monument. Taken as indicative of the emerging social complexity of the third millennium BC, they are often seen as the culmination of cultural achievement during this period. Yet little is actually known about these monuments -- their origins, the meanings behind their distinctive layout, the activities undertaken within their perimeters, or indeed their significance to later Neolithic society. Drawing on the full range of data available across the British Isles and on anthropological parallels, the author addresses these questions in a book that will be of interest to anyone wishing to understand Neolithic society.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752425080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752425085
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 17.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 693,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable 29 Nov 2005
Who would think you could say that about an archaeology book. I got it for the info on the Thornborough henges, which are little known but fascinating, but the author's enthusiasm for his subject is highly infectious. Highly recommended for any archaeology buff or anyone interested in our past.
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By Ogmios
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I really enjoyed this book. Its give some fascinating insights into the Henge monuments and insights into the thoughts of the builders. It contains some facinating information regarding burials and ancient sites. The author gives a good overview of the various theories concerning 'what the sites' were all about whilst giving good air time to the theores of 'esoteric fringe' authors (from the point of view of academic archaeologists such as the author) such as Michael Dames and Terence Meaden. I was impressed that she did not dismiss these theories out of hand as do so many modern archaeologists.

Personally, it was refreshing to read an account of the ancient sites, which has not been whitewashed with some modern neopagan dogma - lets look at the facts people - you will find some of them here. Thankfully the book didnt mention the 'D' word which was a relief.

High recommended.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dear oh dear 19 Jan 2014
By D Hayes
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Thanks to Amazon for offering this book at a very competitive price.

However..the published title is actually "Henge Monuments of the British Isles", and nowhere includes the subtitle "Myth and Archaeology"

Also .............none of the colour plates referenced throughout the text, ( at least 13), have been included in this reprint by The History Press. This is a major oversight by editors,and extremely annoying, since the references are detailed and the plates would have provided significant illustrations of textual analyses.You are immediately alerted to the problem on reading the Introductory text which contains 2 references to plates which didn't exist, and subsequently notice the absence of the usual list of plates on the Contents page.
Not what you expect on shelling out for a newly reprinted copy of a book, and an error which does the Author no favours. Shoddy, and obviously detracts considerably from one's overall enjoyment of the book . Woefully short of a complete edition.

I have contacted the History Press and await a reply.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book, clear and concise. A must for anyone interested in pre-history and for students of archaeology.
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