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Exploring Avebury

Author : Steve Marshall
ISBN : 0750967668
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Avebury in Wiltshire is best known as the world's largest stone circle, but surrounding it is a wealth of ancient monuments. Captivated by its unique atmosphere, many visitors form a personal, often spiritual, connection to Avebury and its "sacred landscape." What was it that first attracted people to the Avebury area more than 5,000 years ago? Beautifully illustrated with over 400 photographs, maps, and diagrams, Exploring Avebury invites us on a journey of discovery. For the first time the importance of water, light, and sound is revealed, and we begin to see Avebury through the eyes of those who built it.

Prehistoric Avebury

Author : Aubrey Burl
ISBN : 0300090870
Genre : Social Science
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This magnificent book is a fascinating account of the prehistoric stone circles at Avebury, which not only II date from an earlier era but are also larger than the more famous sarsen stone circle of Stonehenge. Written by a leading archaeologist, the book considers every aspect of Avebury's history and construction and discusses the probable purpose of these massive structures, in the process creating a vivid and moving picture of their creators -- a primitive people whose lives were brief, savage, and fearful.
Category: Social Science

Avebury And The Cosmos Of Our Ancestors

Author : Nicholas Mann
ISBN : 9781846946806
Genre : History
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A fresh look at the World Heritage Site that includes Avebury henge, West Kennet long barrow and Silbury Hill. Mann combines archaeology, astronomy and anthropology to offer an original and convincing account of the building of these extraordinary Neolithic monuments. The ancient Britons were inspired by a profound knowledge of the heavens when they erected the monumental stones of Avebury. Mann throws light on the motive behind the creation of its awe-inspiring mounds and megaliths by demonstrating that they were aligned to the cycles of the Sun, Moon and stars. This book will help visitors and readers to see Avebury in a wholly new light - the light of the heavenly bodies that guided its Neolithic builders. Avebury Cosmos will reawaken our ancient reverence for the stars and deepen our respect for the extraordinary abilities and forgotten knowledge of our prehistoric ancestors.
Category: History


Author : Joshua Pollard
ISBN : UOM:39015059564156
Genre : History
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Avebury remains one of the most spectacular and enigmatic prehistoric monuments in Europe. Constructed in several stages during the course of the third millennium BC, the massive earthwork enclosure and stone settings have had a complex history; one which has included later episodes of avoidance, neglect and deliberate destruction, through to more recent antiquarian and archaeological "re-discovery", investigation and preservation. Incorporating evidence from recent research and guided by current themes within interpretative archaeology, this book provides an authoritative and comprehensive account of the site. Since its late Neolithic beginnings, Avebury has been the subject of a host of interpretations and understandings, each as valid for the community making it as any "original" imperative, and each of which has a crucial place in the developing life-history of the site - in effect making Avebury what it is today. This book explores these changing understandings and interpretations, charting the life of this unique monument from a small clearing in the forest to a designated World Heritage Site.
Category: History

Prehistoric Wiltshire

Author : Bob Clarke
ISBN : 9781445623900
Genre : Social Science
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A fascinating look at Wiltshire's archaeology from widely acknowledged expert, Bob Clarke.
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Author : Mike Parker Pearson
ISBN : 9780857207333
Genre : History
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Our knowledge about Stonehenge has changed dramatically as a result of the Stonehenge Riverside Project (2003-2009), led by Mike Parker Pearson, and included not only Stonehenge itself but also the nearby great henge enclosure of Durrington Walls. This book is about the people who built Stonehenge and its relationship to the surrounding landscape. The book explores the theory that the people of Durrington Walls built both Stonehenge and Durrington Walls, and that the choice of stone for constructing Stonehenge has a significance so far undiscovered, namely, that stone was used for monuments to the dead. Through years of thorough and extensive work at the site, Parker Pearson and his team unearthed evidence of the Neolithic inhabitants and builders which connected the settlement at Durrington Walls with the henge, and contextualised Stonehenge within the larger site complex, linked by the River Avon, as well as in terms of its relationship with the rest of the British Isles. Parker Pearson's book changes the way that we think about Stonehenge; correcting previously erroneous chronology and dating; filling in gaps in our knowledge about its people and how they lived; identifying a previously unknown type of Neolithic building; discovering Bluestonehenge, a circle of 25 blue stones from western Wales; and confirming what started as a hypothesis - that Stonehenge was a place of the dead - through more than 64 cremation burials unearthed there, which span the monument's use during the third millennium BC. In lively and engaging prose, Parker Pearson brings to life the imposing ancient monument that continues to hold a fascination for everyone.
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The Secrets Of The Avebury Stones

Author : Terence Meaden
ISBN : 158394009X
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Avebury, less than 20 miles from its more famous neighbor, Stonehenge, is rich in symbols linked to pre-Christian Goddess religions. This book reveals the wonders of the site, the largest and most complex prehistoric monument in Britain, through a lavishly illustrated guided tour encompassing history, archaeology, spirituality, and art.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

The Story Of Silbury Hill

Author : Jim Leary
ISBN : NWU:35556041403221
Genre : Social Science
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The Story of Silbury Hillsets out the archaeological story of Silbury: from an early recognition of its importance to antiquarian and archaeological investigations of the hill. For the first time, the results of the recent work are set out in detail, describing early activity on the site, the origins of the monument and the construction techniques used. Numerous new and vivid reconstruction drawings present a unique interpretation of this iconic prehistoric monument. The authors propose a new theory of the construction and thus a new way of interpreting Neolithic monuments.
Category: Social Science


Author : Colin Richards
ISBN : 1909990027
Genre : Stonehenge (England)
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Stonehenge is an iconic monument for people all around the world. Built around 5000 years ago, it stands for mystery and forgotten secrets waiting to be decoded. In this latest book in the Council for British Archaeology's ‘Archaeology for All' series, Professor Mike Parker Pearson presents an up-to-date interpretation of Stonehenge and its landscape. Drawing on his years of research and excavation, the author presents a highly readable account that is lavishly illustrated with images by the renowned photographer Adam Stanford and the reconstruction artist Peter Dunn.
Category: Stonehenge (England)

The Making Of Prehistoric Wiltshire

Author : David Field
ISBN : 9781445648422
Genre : Social Science
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The complete story of the area known for the famous Stonehenge, Avebury, Silbury Hill.
Category: Social Science