Stonehenge - A New Understanding: Solving the Mysteries of the Greatest Stone Age Monument

Stonehenge - A New Understanding: Solving the Mysteries of the Greatest Stone Age Monument

by Mike Parker Pearson


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Stonehenge stands as an enduring link to our prehistoric ancestors, yet the secrets it has guarded for thousands of years have long eluded us. Until now, the millions of enthusiasts who flock to the iconic site have made do with mere speculation—about Stonehenge’s celestial significance, human sacrifice, and even aliens and druids. One would think that the numerous research expeditions at Stonehenge had left no stone unturned. 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.

Stonehenge—A New Understanding rewrites the story. From 2003 to 2009, author Mike Parker Pearson led the Stonehenge Riverside Project, the most comprehensive excavation ever conducted around Stonehenge. The project unearthed a wealth of fresh evidence that had gone untouched since prehistory. Parker Pearson uses that evidence to present a paradigm-shifting theory of the true significance that Stonehenge held for its builders—and mines his field notes to give you a you-are-there view of the dirt, drama, and thrilling discoveries of this history-changing archaeological dig.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615191932
Publisher: The Experiment
Publication date: 03/25/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 352,193
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

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.”

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The Man from Madagascar 9

2 A Brief History of Stonehenge 27

3 Starting the Project 50

4 Putting the Trench in the Right Place 70

5 The Houses and the Henge 92

6 Was This Where the Stonehenge Builders Lived? 109

7 The Great Trilithon and the Date of the Sarsens 128

8 Mysterious Earthworks: The Landscape of Stoneheng 133

9 Mysteries of the River 156

10 The Druids and Stonehenge 166

11 The Aubrey Holes 181

12 Digging at Stonehenge 187

13 The People of Stonehenge and the Beaker People 199

14 Bluestonehenge: Back to the River 216

15 Why Stonehenge Is Where it Is 231

16 Origins of the Bluestones 261

17 Origins of the Sarsens 291

18 Earthworms and Dates 303

19 The New Sequence for Stonehenge 309

20 Stonehenge: The View from Afar 314

21 The End of Stonehenge 341

Acknowledgments 355

Notes 359

Bibliography 371

Illustrations 387

Index 396

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