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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 13 June 2013
Superb book BUT I ordered it thinking that it was a new and updated version of his previously published book on Stonehenge only to find that it was only a different title and presentation of the cover to go to the USA market. Was a bit of a con!! Should have had this made clear in the adverts
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 April 2014
This is a superb review of the latest findings from the Stonehenge region (with the emphasis on "region"), together with an interpretation of these findings, all expressed as a technical report but with every term explained for those unfamiliar with the language. Extremely readable, with interspersed anecdotes and personal experiences and, where appropriate, conflicting views of the evidence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 October 2014
An American edition, with naff cover and US spelling, but don't let that put you off. MPP, doyen of Stonehenge studies, unfolds in a very readable way the state of knowledge at the time of writing, and ruthlessly yet compassionately demolishes the bad science of earlier workers, always acknowledging the imperfections of the process of excavation and subsequent analysis, and how the wrong excavator can inadvertently get the wrong results. Archaeology synthesises many basic disciplines into a holist approach, and this book underlines that firmly. There are many flashes of humour too, such as the pub-barring of one of the hard-digging, hard-drinking 1967 Durrington Walls team. A very satisfying and authoritative addition to my archaeology shelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2013
i am interested in neolithic society, and especially stonehenge. it has been difficult to this time to find
a solid source of information on the subject. this book is that source. deeply satisfying, and inductive
of questions to provoke more research.
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on 23 July 2013
This is the American edition of "Stonehenge: Exploring the Greatest Stone Age Mystery" (the UK edition, publ Simon & Schuster 2012; paperback came out 2013). Different cover, content the same, with minor typos corrected. No need to buy both editions.
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on 13 August 2015
A classic analysis by 'Mr Stonehenge'. The magic without the myths. brilliant. Puts stonehenge into perspective as part of a wider British monumental zeitgeist.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 August 2013
This book is a highly readable summary of the work of the Stonehenge Riverside Project's SRP work between about 2004 and 2011. It should be pointed out that, although MPP does a fair amount of explaining of basic terms, it is not the best place to start if you don't know anything at all about Stonehenge, as it assumes a certain amount of knowledge and discusses things that are the same age nearby as well as the monument itself. The lack of good maps is a real shame.

And it's a real shame because this book is fascinating, summarising the work of the SRP in an easily readable (if not beautiful) way and making a pretty convincing case for large-scale collaborative archaeology as opposed to the more individual techniques used by earlier Stonehenge archaeologists. Ideas are put forward, discussed, pits are dug and the ideas tested.

MPP also makes a pretty good case for his ideas as well, in summary making a good case for a 3000 BC Stonehenge and riverside `henge' of bluestones (before the 2500 BC Stonehenge we all know), for the unroofing of at least one wooden circle, for human transport of bluestones from Wales and for the `ritual closure' nature of henge earthworks in general. Where he tends to slip up here is his belief that something can be proved true, and this is particularly true of his pet model, the Realm of the Ancestors and the Realm of the Living. Sadly, he can only ever make a case that it's reasonable.

Whatever, I found myself much more impressed by his collaborative approach than by Ian Hodder's work at Catal Hoyuk. His arguments were generally sensible. I also was rather charmed that an archaeologist had been dragged into the usual stuff about units of measurement. It just goes to show that giving a person with lots of ideas a real chance to test those ideas brings out the best in them.
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on 5 August 2014
An excellent explanation of an archaeological enigma.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 15 May 2013
Just a new dust cover on an old book (which I already have) not a new or even updated book. Complete waste of money - straight into the charity shop
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