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A completely new and convincing solution to the key puzzles of Stonehenge.

As Anthony Johnson reveals in this astonishing book, patient detective work and detailed computer analysis of clues hidden within this famous monument can be made to yield remarkable new insights into how the earthwork and stone circle were conceived and laid out.

The story begins with a reappraisal of over 250 years of fieldwork, excavation, and speculation, including John Wood's highly accurate but often overlooked survey of 1740. It is the most important record of Stonehenge ever made, and the only reliable plan of the monument before the fall of several major stones and their subsequent re-erection in the twentieth century.

The prehistoric engineering skills involved in the construction of Stonehenge have long been recognized, but Johnson presents for the first time tangible evidence to show that locked within the symmetry of the stones are precise formulae that determined their numbers, spacing, and relationships. He explains how the Neolithic surveyors set out the fifty-six Aubrey Holes, four Station Stones, and the thirty stones in the Sarsen Circle; and the significance of the horseshoe arrangement of massive trilithons at the heart of the monument. The implications are far reaching, demonstrating that the people who designed Stonehenge in all its phases of construction, spanning over 1,000 years, employed simple and elegant geometric rules.

Elaborate sightline theories, alignments, and astronomical computations are questioned, allowing the rationale behind Stonehenge and other prehistoric sites, some of which conformed to the same model, to be reassessed.

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Anthony Johnson is an experienced archaeologist based in Oxford, with more than 300 archaeological surveys and site reports to his name.

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HistoryReader, June 17, 2009 (view all comments by HistoryReader)
A truly fascinating book, I bought it after reading a choice review on the American Library Association web pages, where it’s described as ''the most attractive, readable, sensible, and most comprehensive exploration of Stonehenge available''. That says it all really.
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ISBN:
9780500051559
Author:
Johnson, Anthony
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Excavations (archaeology)
Subject:
England
Subject:
Stonehenge (england)
Subject:
Excavations (Archaeology) -- England.
Subject:
Archaeology-General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20080631
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in

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