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Stonehenge Complete [Paperback]

Christopher Chippindale
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31 May 1994
When the first edition of "Stonehenge Complete" was published, it won the British Archaeological Book Award. People have puzzled over Stonehenge for centuries: speculating and dreaming about it, drawing and painting it, trying to make sense of it. Here is the story of the one real Stonehenge, as well as the many unreal Stonehenge that archaeologists, tourists, mystics, astronomers, artists, poets and visionaries have made out of it. This new edition has been revised and updated to include the latest theories and discoveries, bringing the Stonehenge story into the 1990s. Christopher Chippindale is editor of the international archaeological journal "Antiquity".

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (31 May 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500277508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500277508
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 19.4 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,150,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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An archaeologist of the old school with zero tolerance for the alternative and the fringe, delivering himself of the immortal quote "Much of what has been written about Stonehenge is derivative, second-rate or plain wrong.", Chippindale still comes up with a highly readable though one-sided look both at the history of Stonehenge - and the history of the history of Stonehenge from Inigo Jones' Roman theorising to the latest alternative fringe. I'd like to have seen a bit more about Stonehenge itself and a little less of the history of the history, but recommended for scholars of Stonehenge nevertheless.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Far From Complete 11 Dec 2008
This book was a great disappointment. Any book that starts out "Stonehenge is the ruin of a single stone building" has to be kidding. Chippindale does not even index the 1876 book, Stonehenge and its Barrows, by William Long, writing for the Wiltshire Achaeological and Natural History Society, which in my opinion is the best and most "complete" book ever written on Stonehenge. Stonehenge Complete is more a modern helter-skelter journalistic essay on Stonehenge rather than anything that one can use for serious work. It is full of irrelevant discourse, opinions, unproven assertions and asides to unrelated topics and almost totally ignores archaeoastronomical aspects. Read Gerald Hawkins rather than this if you want to get some idea about Stonehenge. This one is not worth the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! 11 Jun 2000
By Nancy A. Fox - Published on Amazon.com
This is a terrific book about Stonehenge! Mr. Chippindale has created a wonderfully informative and readable book about one of the most famous archaeological monuments in the world.
This book takes the famous quote from Jacquetta Hawkes "Every age has the Stonehenge it deserves and - desires", and illustrates it by giving an overview of all the various paradigms that have been used to explain Stonehenge. Instead of giving the reader dreadfully boring and mind-numbing details about Stonehenge and the research into it, he gives us a brief description of what is physically there at Stonehenge, then he outlines what each succesive era has thought of Stonehenge since its "re-descovery" in the 12th century A.D.
All the theories, from Geoffrey of Monmouth and Merlin to the current fad of UFOs and extraterrestrials are explored. Mr. Chippindale lists sources, so that if you are interested in any particular theoretical perspective you are welcome to explore further.
Mr. Chippindale is a well-respected archaeologist and the editor of one of the pre-eminent archaeological journals, "Antiquity". He does state that he firmly is in the camp of the archaeologist, as far as explaining the origin and history of Stonehenge. However, that does not prevent him from presenting many of the other competing paradigms of Stonehenge's origin.
The book is richly illustrated throughout with photographs going back over 100 years, plus drawings and paintings that date back at least to the 16th century. The paintings of Stonehenge also help illustrate what the artist thought of this monument.
It was also quite fascinating to read about the various ideas for "preserving Stonehenge" over the last 150 years. There have been many different ideas about how this monument should be presented, and even now there is controversy about the way Stonehenge is presented to the public.
In this book you get to meet many interesting characters who left their mark on Stonehenge and its interpretation, from John Aubrey, William Cunnington, Inigo Jones, Colin Renfrew to modern new age researchers. They and their concepts are all presented here.
I strongly recommend this book as a start for anyone interested in learning more about Stonehenge. It is written with a sense of humor, and in a very readable style. You can then branch out to read more in-depth studies of the various theories and paradigms that you are interested in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Complete! 31 Aug 2000
By no longer a customer - Published on Amazon.com
The book's title says it all; if you have ever searched for a comprehensive book on this ancient, beautiful monument, this is your book. Christopher Chippindale takes you on a wonderful, sometimes odd, journey through the history of Stonehenge. I didn't realize how far behind the times I was in Stonehenge theory until I read Mr.Chippindale's book; for example, if you are still under the impression, (as I was), that Stonehenge is a calculator for astronomical phenemenon, (solstices, equinoxes, lunar phases, etc), Chippindale shows that, if anything, aside from possible solar alignments, the old Hawkins' theory of every stone being aligned to some celestial event is now out. And the modern day "Druid" revivalists get a few pokes-in-the-eye too! A fun and fascinating read; the photographs and artwork are wonderful. Highly recommended!
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice coffee table book or even a guide for construction. 31 May 2011
By J. J. Marino - Published on Amazon.com
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We all get a weird idea sometime. Once I had it in my head to build a new Stonehenge out of concrete. It was a silly idea but at that time I needed a good guide with many photos and descriptions. I came across this book several years ago. It has been a wonderful book to even just peruse through. There is a concise history of the site, going back to woodhenge and even before. The author discusses the difficulty in the transportation of the massive saracen stones. Even if you have a mild interest in this subject I cannot think of a better book to have than this one. It is a true gem.

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