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3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Disappointing, 23 Mar. 2006
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This review is from: Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion (Paperback)
If you are new to this subject, or you only want to buy one book on it, don’t buy this one. It would be OK as an addition to your collection on history/archaeology though.
This area is also an area fraught with danger – if you really love the area you have to be careful to filter out the dingly dangly brigade who don’t really love the subject, but are more interested in putting upon it their own needs and fantasies. It is a bit insulting to the subject really, doing this instead of learning about it – and really learning about it is so rewarding. Give it a go!
Neolithic culture really is an immensely enjoyable subject, you’ll get so much out of it – if you haven’t thought about this period or subject as your area before, do give it a go. Work, farming, politics, food, religion, landscape, culture and art in these areas is so fascinating – give the subject a go – you may well be hooked!!
If you are new to the subject or you just want one book on the subject, Aubrey Burl or Francis Pryor would be a better starting point. Happy reading and get out into that landscape! (Take your waterproofs though!)
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Initial post: 16 Oct 2012 18:11:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 Oct 2012 18:12:16 BDT
Pagan Ronnie says:
A strangely narrow and blinkered view from someone who includes in their derogatory comments about the, quote: ''dingly dangly brigade'' a recommendation to, quote: ''. . . get out into that landscape!''
It only goes to show that you have an inability, indeed an intolerance towards people holding a different, more diverse and expansive spiritual view of ''the subject'' than yourself. 'They' (myself included) interact with 'the subject' by 'getting out into that landscape' in a meaningful way and keep amazing ancient sacred places like Stonehenge alive and relevant to the living now.
I somehow suspect you are the kind of person who would like to stifle Stonehenge in barbed wire and prevent anyone from touching the stones or connecting with it in any meaningful way other than through a stuffy wannabee middle-class tint of self righteous deluded bigotry (terms like ''dingly dangly brigade'' being a case in point) & dismissing others views purely because 'they' are different from you. Shame really. Are you a Tory by any chance?

Posted on 27 Aug 2015 18:09:30 BDT
BookReader says:
The reviewer seems to miss the point that its sub-heading makes it clear that it's a sociological or anthropological study of modern day movements inspired by Stonehenge.

The rewiewer writes of learning about the politics and religion of the culture. One thing anyone who knows anything about that culture, is that we know nothing about its politics or religion. And I cannot understand why the reviewer recommended Francis Prior. Prior is an archaeologist. I find he tends to jump to conclusions rather than stick to hard facts. And as far as I know he is not an anthropologist.
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