Instead, Parker Pearson provides a very readable account of the finds from recent excavations 2003 - 2009 showing that Stonehenge was actually part of an extensive network of monuments. Early writers theorized the monument was built by Romans, Others placed it in the heart of Arthurian legends and suggested that Merlin had a hand in building it. Pearson led a multi-year series of excavations and scientific studies in and around the world's most famous stone monoliths to prove a theory, and what they found has revised or called into serious question established theories. Yes digging in the dirt is part of it, but now environmental and preservationist controls limit access, and much of the work is done on tiny samples of material in labs far away from and long after the eureka moments of the digs. Scientists have irrefutable proof that the Druids had nothing whatever to do with Stonehenge.
This book opens a lot of room for academic dialogue, and until more digging is done this is the latest and most detailed account you can ask for. The manpower to undertake so much plain hard work was there. Is Stonehenge in the middle of nowhere? With fresh evidence based on seven years of unprecedented access to the Stonehenge World Heritage Site, this excavation replaces centuries of speculation about even the most fundamental mysteries of Stonehenge with hard proof. Fortunately the government reversed their position and allowed archaeologists to proceed to conduct the 2003-2009 Riverside Project, which has vastly increased our knowledge of Stonehenge. He was the director of the Stonehenge Riverside Project, which for a couple of years did some extensive archeological research on Stonehenge and its surroundings. For about fifteen years, in the , teams of archaeologists from the universities of Sheffield, Manchester, Southampton and Bournemouth, along with University College London, have been studying the monument and the surrounding landscape. Great for anyone really interested in Stonehenge and its place in Neolithic Britain.
Also nearby: The small city of with its cathedral, home to the best preserved and- the oldest working clock in existence is about 20 minutes away by car or local bus. For these, please expect a delay of up to 3 weeks in addition to our normal delivery times. The book combines old ideas about the circle with the unexpected revelations of today. Despite its being one of prehistory's most alluring landmarks, before the Stonehenge Riverside Project led by noted archeologist Mike Parker Pearson, only half of Stonehenge itself - and far less of its surroundings - had ever been investigated, and many records from previous digs are inaccurate or incomplete. I'd never have the patience to be an archaeologist.
That's about all I knew about Stonehenge until I read Mike Parker Pearson's enlightening book, Stonehenge: A New Understanding: Solving the Mysteries of the Greatest Stone Age Monument. With fresh evidence based on seven years of unprecedented access to Despite its being one of prehistory s most alluring landmarks, before the Stonehenge Riverside Project led by noted archeologist Mike Parker Pearson, only half of Stonehenge itself and far less of its surroundings had ever been investigated, and many records from previous digs are inaccurate or incomplete. . For opening times, current prices and to book tickets, see the. I think you need to be comfortable in Neolithic and Early Bronze Age timelines to keep track of what is going on, but the book does have a section in the end that clarifies the confusion and puts all the bits of information in proper settings. None of that prepared me for this book, which is blessedly free of aliens and contains only a passing mention of druids.
Pearson put together a varied, multi cultural team of expe Clear, Intriguing Many people are interested in archeology today and this is a great book for laymen. However, the narrative, with its inclusion of details, is hardly boring. Renowned archaeologist Pearson presents the findings of the most ambitious and scientifically informed investigation of Stonehenge thus far. Parker Pearson looks at the same material and understands it differently. Packaging should be the same as what is found in a retail store, unless the item is handmade or was packaged by the manufacturer in non-retail packaging, such as an unprinted box or plastic bag.
Stonehenge—A New Understanding rewrites the story. In my opinion, this book by Parker Pearson is far better. Stonehenge changes the way we think about the site, correcting previously erroneous dating, filling gaps in our knowledge about its builders and how they lived, clarifying the monument's significance both celestially and as a burial ground, and contextualizing Stonehenge - which sits at the center of one of the densest prehistoric settlements in history - within the broader landscape of the Neolithic Age. The book combines old ideas about the circle with the unexpected revelations of today. No one has yet been able to discover who built it and why. Indeed, Stonehenge stones line up perfectly to catch the midwinter sunset and the midsummer sunrise. But, above all, it is exciting.
At times, I didn't have the patience to read all of the details in this book abou This book, by archaeologist Michael Parker Pearson describes recent archeological excavations at Stonehenge and gave me a real appreciation for how multi-disciplinary the study of archaeology is. It is accessible, original, carefully researched and important. Yet, before the Stonehenge Riverside Project a hugely ambitious, seven-year dig by today s top archaeologists all previous digs combined had only investigated a fraction of the monument, and many records from those earlier expeditions are either inaccurate or incomplete. It's likely that it had a variety of different uses over the millennia. If you go in summer, you will be competing with hordes of others and, if you want to see the sunrise, you'd better be an early riser. For a non-fiction book, especially a long and detail-heavy one, I read this book incredibly fast.
Yet, before the Stonehenge Riverside Projecta hugely ambitious, seven-year dig by todays top archaeologistsall previous digs combined had only investigated a fraction of the monument, and many records from those earlier expeditions are either inaccurate or incomplete. If you find a retailer that has a better advertised price than our website, let us know and we will do our best to match it. Pearson takes a few very few sentences to dismiss druid magic and alien invasions, and focuses in on the findings in the context of the surroundings, culture, geography, and geology; for example one possible reason for Stonehenge's vaunted alignment with the summer and winter solstices is the glacial geology underlying the site, which the builders may have augmented by the above ground stones. Description: 1 online resource Contents: The man from Madagascar -- A brief history of Stonehenge -- Starting the project -- Putting the trench in the right place -- The houses and the henge -- Was this where the Stonehenge builders lived? I'd never have the patience to be an archaeologist. Afterward, take time to explore the visitor center itself.
See details for additional description. When American Indians complain that scientists are removing the bones of their ancestors from sacred ground and plead to have them returned it makes some sense. I decided to read this book and Mike Pitts' 'Hengeworld' at the same time to update myself on the current understanding of Stonehenge and Avebury. The most authoritative, important book on Stonehenge to date. No such settlement was found at Stonehenge. Inigo Jones and Flinders Petrie among others studied the site.