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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Stonehenge summary to date
This is an excellent account of the building and meaning of Britain's most iconic prehistoric monument. Yet it is much more than just an account of the famous stones. Mike Parker Pearson places Stonehenge in a much wider context linking it not just to the local landscape but also to its wider role within Britain as a whole.

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Published 13 months ago by Anthony K. Divey

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Stonehenge summary to date, 16 Nov 2013
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Anthony K. Divey (Hertfordshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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This is an excellent account of the building and meaning of Britain's most iconic prehistoric monument. Yet it is much more than just an account of the famous stones. Mike Parker Pearson places Stonehenge in a much wider context linking it not just to the local landscape but also to its wider role within Britain as a whole.

The meaning of the link between Stonehenge and other local sites is a topic Parker Pearson has been associated with for a while now and he summarises this story very well by describing excavations at Durrington Walls, along the River Avon and at the site now known as Bluestonehenge. Crediting his Madagascan colleague Ramilisonina at the beginning, Parker Pearson makes a strong case for their notion of lands of the living and the dead, based on the contrast between wood and stone.

With the bluestones coming from beyond the local landscape it's not surprising that the story becomes national rather than just regional. However the revelations about the exact origins of the bluestones were new to me. I especially liked the links with sites in the Orkneys as Parker Pearson established the importance of Stonehenge within the whole of the British isles. The significance of the periglacial features revealed toward the end adds another new chapter to the interpretations of the site.

Ultimately Mike Parker Pearson presents an optimistic view of the society creating this monument, based on unity and, perhaps, peace.

I would really recommend this book. However much you think you know about Stonehenge you are likely to learn more. And if you get the chance to hear him speak, take it. I envy his UCL students.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The US edition has a different title but is the same book, 23 July 2013
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The US edition is also published 2013, with a different cover (blue/green) and a slightly different title ("Stonehenge: A New Understanding") to the UK edition. Different publisher in the US (The Experiment, not Simon & Schuster). No need to buy both editions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent synthesis of information on Stonehenge and its landscape, 28 Dec 2013
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Written in a popular anecdotal style aimed at a general readership, with much use of archaeologists' Christian names (and none the worse for that approach), this account brings the reader right up to date with the latest discoveries and interpretations concerning Stonehenge and its landscape, many of which have been achieved through the author's own inspired excavations. Hopefully, a new edition will add information from the recent Vespasian's Camp Mesolithic findings. Mike Parker Pearson is clearly now THE authority on Stonehenge, a high achievement considering all the other academics in the field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, 19 Dec 2013
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At last, all the latest research explained in layman's terms. There will always be questions that can never be answered. In this book Mike PP gives you all the evidence, his interpretations and why he discounts many of the other theories that have been put forward.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gave this to my wife who has raved about it., 12 Jan 2014
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I gave this book to my wife and she enjoyed to so much that she actually enjoyed being so ill that she had to sit and read it in only a few protracted sittings. This book contains THE current analysis for this great edifice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 13 Nov 2014
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One of the leading experts in this field of study has composed for us this excellent volume on the most current theories on this iconic monument and it is brilliant. Lively and engaging prose made this a real page turner which I thoroughly recommend to anyone with an interest in the Neolithic or humanity. It is a little involved to be an introduction to the subject so if you are new to this area read Mike Pitts' Hengeworld first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 13 Nov 2013
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this is a great book using a vast array of information from the world of archaeology it presents a thorough and exciting interpretation of stonehenge and it development over the years. in terms of social usage and its relationship to the local environment and its linkage with a wider geographic area.the way its written is engaging and also warm in style if you know anyone with an interest in stonehenge this would make a great pressie
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5.0 out of 5 stars A convincing interpretation of who these people were and what they were trying to do., 20 Dec 2014
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A lot of fascinating insights. It seems we are finally developing a detailed picture of the neolithic cultural landscape. We live in fascinating times!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 22 July 2014
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Very good book
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 25 Aug 2014
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