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The Story of Silbury Hillby Jim Leary
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Written by two experts with unrivalled information and knowledge of Silbury Hill, and combining scholarly research and readable narrative, this book sets out the archaeological story of Silbury: from an early recognition of its importance to antiquarian and archaeological investigations of the hill. The book describes each event, setting it within its own historical and political context; the story of the monument is juxtaposed with the enigmatic and eccentric characters of the time. The collapse on the summit in 2000, leading to the opening of the hill's famous tunnel in 2007 to much media fanfare, is covered. 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 book also describes how the monument was seen and used by later communities, from the Roman small town that grew up around the hill - the inhabitants quite literally living in its shadow - to medieval buildings on the summit. The final chapter discusses what Silbury means to people today: its power and spirituality for locals, visitors, New Agers and Druids alike.
Book News Annotation:
The largest known prehistoric mound in Europe--part of the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site in western England--is profiled in detail by archaeologists Leary, who conducted excavations there in 2007 and 2008, and Field, who investigated and analyzed the environs and assessed the documentary evidence in 2001. It was built about 2500 BCE, right at the juncture between the Neolithic and Bronze Ages on a spot that had already long been used for ceremonies. This account combines a history of the research, a history of the construction and use by the builders, and a history of the role of Silbury Hill in society. Among the topics are the nature of time, creating the mound, making sense of the mound, from small town to Sele-burh, and the timekeeper. Lavishly and colorfully illustrated. Distributed in North America by The David Brown Book Co. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This book provides the first description of the results from the unique Silbury Hill Conservation Project written by two people with unrivalled information from the recent work and knowledge of Silbury Hill. (English Heritage 2010)
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