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5.0 out of 5 stars A complete, masterly survey, 4 Jan 2011
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This review is from: Prehistoric Avebury (Hardcover)
This book is written with a verve which will make it delightful to the interested amateur; it covers the subject so thoroughly it will recommend itself to the serious student. anyone interested in British prehistory, in "standing stones" or in pre-Christian religion will find it exceptionally useful.

Burl starts by setting Avebury in context, not only geographically and historically, but culturally and academically. Throughout the book he sustains this broad-based approach, and his lucid, almost racy style helps a great deal of hard fact and erudite interpretation slip down without causing mental indigestion.

The whole of the Avebury complex is described and interpreted, including the Sanctuary, the two Avenues and Silbury Hill. The monument is explained in the context of a "ritual landscape", and compared with other monuments both in the area and elsewhere. There is a balanced and detached consideration of the theories about the use and construction of the monument, and Aubrey himself presents some tantalising speculation; however he is at pains to make it clear what is evidence and what supposition. Everything is illustrated with maps and diagrams, and there is a wealth of unusually beautiful photographs.

Published in 1979, this is one of the earliest popular books in the tone that Francis Pryor has since made popular. Anyone who liked "Britain BC" should read this. I have just bought Aubrey Burl's Rings of Stone: The Prehistoric Stone Circles of Britain and Ireland and look forward to reading it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine description of mysterious Avebury by the expert, 13 Jun 2000
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A fine description of the mystery that is Avebury - an entire village encompassed by a megalithic ring. Aubrey Burl is one of the experts on megalithic Britain and writes with a rare combination of authority and sparkle
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