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Standing Stones: Stonehenge, Carnac and the World of Megaliths: Carnac, Stonehenge and the World of Megaliths (New Horizons) [Paperback]

Jean-Pierre Mohen , Dorie B. Baker
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29 Mar 1999 New Horizons
Who built the megaliths, those massive stone structures ranging from tombs to standing stones that date back to over 4000 BC? Why were they built? How were the enormous stones transported and erected? Were these strange, sacred stones used as temples or tombs, sculptures or houses? Covering the best-known sites - Avebury and Stonehenge in England, Carnac in France and Knowth in Ireland - and also less famous examples in Scandinavia, Malta, Egypt and Spain, this book considers the special significance - architectural, scientific, religious and cultural - of these enigmatic Neolithic stone structures.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (29 Mar 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500300909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500300909
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 12.6 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 477,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Small but beautiful 18 Jun 2009
Format:Paperback
Despite its slender appearance this glossy book contains a huge wealth of information about the concepts, history, stories and archaeology os standing stone sites.
I bought it to learn more about Carnac, which it covers sufficiently well, but there is much more to this book than that. The detailed plans, excellent photographs, and well laid-out design will give you an overview and timeline for many other major and minor megalithic sites in western europe.
One of the best impulse buys I've made.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem 19 Oct 2010
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In a pocket-sized format this book crams almost everything you could wish to see. Mohen covers all the bases: the historiography of standing stones and even their role in literature and painting; megalithic monuments in other parts of the world; modern ceremonies in traditional cultures associated with standing stones; attempts by archaeologists to erect stones today; burials and artefacts associated with Northern European megaliths (as well as some of those associated with stones further afield); neolithic rock art; and, of course, theories about the astronomical significance of Stonehenge.

Of course none of it can be covered in any great depth, but there is a selected bibliography and notes and references to follow up on. The illustrations are unsurpassable, many of them beautifully amostpheric without losing clarity. Particularly interesting are old postcards and reproductions of early topographical drawings.

Anyone with any interest in the subject should buy this book. If you have room for only one book on the subject, make it this one.
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