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4.0 out of 5 stars Admirable
An admirable examination of the history of, theories on and approaches to Stonehenge.

Aubrey Burl certainly does not stint on the academic aspects; the various excavations and ensuing thoughts over the centuries are examined, providing much of interest for the specialist.

However, the real value of the book lies in its accessibility to the interested...
Published on 4 May 2008 by G. L. Haggett

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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and a bit dry
Bit dull and technical in many places. The historical chapters were the best, but did seem to repeat a fair bit of material. I thought the author's theory about taking the origins of Celtic words back to derive the language of Stonehenge's builders was a bit far fetched. There also seemed to be some errors, e.g. in the facing of long barrows, where the table on p99...
Published on 16 Aug 2008 by John Hopper


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Admirable, 4 May 2008
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G. L. Haggett "glynlhaggett" (UK) - See all my reviews
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An admirable examination of the history of, theories on and approaches to Stonehenge.

Aubrey Burl certainly does not stint on the academic aspects; the various excavations and ensuing thoughts over the centuries are examined, providing much of interest for the specialist.

However, the real value of the book lies in its accessibility to the interested amateur. The emphasis is placed upon making this most mysterious of sites understandable to the layman and the essential technical detail serves that purpose, rather than obscuring it.

Good stuff; an approach which so many other historical sites would benefit greatly from. My only slight caveat is at the relatively sparing use of illustrations and photographs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and a bit dry, 16 Aug 2008
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John Hopper (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Brief History of Stonehenge (Paperback)
Bit dull and technical in many places. The historical chapters were the best, but did seem to repeat a fair bit of material. I thought the author's theory about taking the origins of Celtic words back to derive the language of Stonehenge's builders was a bit far fetched. There also seemed to be some errors, e.g. in the facing of long barrows, where the table on p99 does not match the plan on p96. On the other hand, the author is convincing in showing that the bluestones were not transported from south Wales, as has been believed for the last 80 or more years. All in all, disappointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Burl at his best, 6 Oct 2007
This review is from: A Brief History of Stonehenge (Paperback)
Aubrey Burl is Mr Henge! There is no doubt that this man knows his stuff, having published widely on the subject of henge's and stonecircles it was no suprise to see this volume. My only critasism is that its taken so long to appear. If you need a dam good version of events then this is your book.
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