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Stonehenge: A New Understanding: Solving the Mysteries of the Greatest Stone Age Monument Hardcover – 4 Jun 2013

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  • Hardcover: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Experiment; Reprint edition (4 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615190791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615190799
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 721,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[Stonehenge A New Understanding] will prove immensely rewarding to any student of the subject Publishers Weekly Because the author cites dozens of digs and scientific analyses many of which lead to various interpretations this is a difficult book to summarize without risking oversimplification. Fortunately, Pearson writes in an accessible, easy-to-follow style and provides an array of helpful diagrams, reconstruction sketches, and photographs. Foreword Reviews Renowned archaeologist Pearson presents the findings of the most ambitious and scientifically informed investigation of Stonehenge thus far . . . The most authoritative, important book on Stonehenge to date. Kirkus Reviews, starred A solid, comprehensive introduction to this important World Heritage Site, showing how an immense archaeological project is conducted from beginning to conclusion. Recommended to all interested readers. Library Journal This is brilliantly written scholarship. The book combines old ideas about the circle with the unexpected revelations of today. It is a triumph. Aubrey Burl, author of A Brief History of Stonehenge and seven other books on prehistoric stone circles From 2003 to 2009, the archaeologist Mike Pearson led the Stonehenge Riverside Project. . . . His book is a detailed account of that archaeological survey, expressed in a genial style that invigorates the story of the groundwork. Iain Finlayson, The Times (London) The book describes one of the outstanding archaeological projects of recent years. It is accessible, original, carefully researched and important. But, above all, it is exciting. Richard Bradley, Reading University Parker Pearson has collated [all the research findings], accessibly, in his book. The Guardian"

"This is brilliantly written scholarship. The book combines old ideas about the circle with the unexpected revelations of today. It is a triumph." --Aubrey Burl, author of "A Brief History of Stonehenge" and seven other books on prehistoric stone circles--Aubrey Burl

"From 2003 to 2009, the archaeologist Mike Pearson led the Stonehenge Riverside Project. . . . His book is a detailed account of that archaeological survey, expressed in a genial style that invigorates the story of the groundwork." --Iain Finlayson, "The Times" (London)--Iain Finlayson

"The book describes one of the outstanding archaeological projects of recent years. It is accessible, original, carefully researched and important. But, above all, it is exciting." --Richard Bradley, Reading University--Richard Bradley

["Stonehenge A New Understanding"] will prove immensely rewarding to any student of the subject "Publishers Weekly" Because the author cites dozens of digs and scientific analyses many of which lead to various interpretations this is a difficult book to summarize without risking oversimplification. Fortunately, Pearson writes in an accessible, easy-to-follow style and provides an array of helpful diagrams, reconstruction sketches, and photographs. "Foreword Reviews" Renowned archaeologist Pearson presents the findings of the most ambitious and scientifically informed investigation of Stonehenge thus far . . . The most authoritative, important book on Stonehenge to date. "Kirkus Reviews", starred A solid, comprehensive introduction to this important World Heritage Site, showing how an immense archaeological project is conducted from beginning to conclusion. Recommended to all interested readers. "Library Journal" This is brilliantly written scholarship. The book combines old ideas about the circle with the unexpected revelations of today. It is a triumph. Aubrey Burl, author of "A Brief History of Stonehenge" and seven other books on prehistoric stone circles From 2003 to 2009, the archaeologist Mike Pearson led the Stonehenge Riverside Project. . . . His book is a detailed account of that archaeological survey, expressed in a genial style that invigorates the story of the groundwork. Iain Finlayson, "The Times" (London) The book describes one of the outstanding archaeological projects of recent years. It is accessible, original, carefully researched and important. But, above all, it is exciting. Richard Bradley, Reading University Parker Pearson has collated [all the research findings], accessibly, in his book. "The Guardian""

"["Stonehenge--A New Understanding"] will prove immensely rewarding to any student of the subject" --"Publishers Weekly" "Because the author cites dozens of digs and scientific analyses--many of which lead to various interpretations--this is a difficult book to summarize without risking oversimplification. Fortunately, Pearson writes in an accessible, easy-to-follow style and provides an array of helpful diagrams, reconstruction sketches, and photographs." --"Foreword Reviews" "Renowned archaeologist Pearson presents the findings of the most ambitious and scientifically informed investigation of Stonehenge thus far . . . The most authoritative, important book on Stonehenge to date." --"Kirkus Reviews," starred "A solid, comprehensive introduction to this important World Heritage Site, showing how an immense archaeological project is conducted from beginning to conclusion. Recommended to all interested readers." --"Library Journal" "This is brilliantly written scholarship. The book combines old ideas about the circle with the unexpected revelations of today. It is a triumph." --Aubrey Burl, author of "A Brief History of Stonehenge" and seven other books on prehistoric stone circles "From 2003 to 2009, the archaeologist Mike Pearson led the Stonehenge Riverside Project. . . . His book is a detailed account of that archaeological survey, expressed in a genial style that invigorates the story of the groundwork." --Iain Finlayson, "The Times" (London) "The book describes one of the outstanding archaeological projects of recent years. It is accessible, original, carefully researched and important. But, above all, it is exciting." --Richard Bradley, Reading University "Parker Pearson has collated [all the research findings], accessibly, in his book." --"The Guardian"

["Stonehenge A New Understanding"] will prove immensely rewarding to any student of the subject "Publishers Weekly" Because the author cites dozens of digs and scientific analyses many of which lead to various interpretations this is a difficult book to summarize without risking oversimplification. Fortunately, Pearson writes in an accessible, easy-to-follow style and provides an array of helpful diagrams, reconstruction sketches, and photographs. "Foreword Reviews" Renowned archaeologist Pearson presents the findings of the most ambitious and scientifically informed investigation of Stonehenge thus far . . . The most authoritative, important book on Stonehenge to date. "Kirkus Reviews," starred A solid, comprehensive introduction to this important World Heritage Site, showing how an immense archaeological project is conducted from beginning to conclusion. Recommended to all interested readers. "Library Journal" This is brilliantly written scholarship. The book combines old ideas about the circle with the unexpected revelations of today. It is a triumph. Aubrey Burl, author of "A Brief History of Stonehenge" and seven other books on prehistoric stone circles From 2003 to 2009, the archaeologist Mike Pearson led the Stonehenge Riverside Project. . . . His book is a detailed account of that archaeological survey, expressed in a genial style that invigorates the story of the groundwork. Iain Finlayson, "The Times" (London) The book describes one of the outstanding archaeological projects of recent years. It is accessible, original, carefully researched and important. But, above all, it is exciting. Richard Bradley, Reading University Parker Pearson has collated [all the research findings], accessibly, in his book. "The Guardian"" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Mike Parker Pearson is professor of archaeology at Sheffield University and an internationally renowned expert in the archaeology of death. The author of fourteen books and over 100 academic papers, he led the Stonehenge Riverside Project from 2003 to 2009. He has appeared in the National Geographic Channel documentary "Stonehenge Decoded" and in the NOVA episode Secrets of Stonehenge. " --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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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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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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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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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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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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