• Social Science

The Stonehenge Landscape

Analysing the Stonehenge World Heritage Site
Author: Sharon Soutar,Mark Bowden,David Field,Martyn Barber
Publisher: English Heritage
ISBN: 9781848021167
Category: Social Science
Page: 176
View: 8628
Stonehenge is arguably the greatest prehistoric monument in western Europe; as a World Heritage Site it ranks in significance with such sites as the Acropolis of Athens, the Pyramids of Giza, Great Zimbabwe and Machu Picchu. Stonehenge sits at the heart of a landscape rich in other monuments and remains of the Neolithic period and Bronze Age that are also part of the World Heritage Site. Recent research by English Heritage’s landscape archaeologists within the Stonehenge World Heritage Site has led to the identification of previously unknown sites and, perhaps even more importantly, the re-interpretation of known sites, including Stonehenge itself. This work has been carried out alongside recent and on-going independent research initiatives conducted by a number of academic institutions, involving international co-operation. This book presents the most significant findings of the English Heritage research and shows how it integrates with the results of work undertaken by colleagues in other research bodies. It traces human influence on the landscape from prehistoric times to the very recent past and presents an up-to-date synthesis of the results of recent fieldwork. It will be of value to anyone interested in Stonehenge itself, in megalithic monuments, in the Neolithic period and Bronze Age of Europe and in the historic evolution of chalkland landscapes.

    • History

Stonehenge: The Story of a Sacred Landscape


Author: Francis Pryor
Publisher: Pegasus Books
ISBN: 1681777037
Category: History
Page: 208
View: 7130
An illustrated, evocative narrative of the nature and history of Stonehenge that places the enigmatic stone megaliths in a wider cultural context. Perched on the chalk uplands of Salisbury Plain, the megaliths of Stonehenge offer one of the most recognizable outlines of any ancient structure. Its purpose—place of worship, sacrificial arena, giant calendar—is unknown, but its story is one of the most extraordinary of any of the world's prehistoric monuments. Constructed in several phases over a period of some 1500 years, beginning in 3000 BC, Stonehenge's key elements are its “bluestones,” transported from West Wales by unexplained means, and its sarsen stones quarried from the nearby Marlborough Downs. Francis Pryor delivers a rigorous account of the nature and history of Stonehenge, but also places the enigmatic monument in a wider cultural context, bringing acute insight into how antiquarians, scholars, writers, artists–and even neopagans—have interpreted the mystery over the centuries.

    • Social Science

The Neolithic of Europe

Papers in Honour of Alasdair Whittle
Author: Penny Bickle,Daniela Hofmann,Joshua Pollard
Publisher: Oxbow Books Limited
ISBN: 1785706578
Category: Social Science
Page: 340
View: 8492
The Neolithic of Europe comprises eighteen specially commissioned papers on prehistoric archaeology, written by leading international scholars. The coverage is broad, ranging geographically from southeast Europe to Britain and Ireland and chronologically from the Neolithic to the Iron Age, but with a decided focus on the former. Several papers discuss new scientific approaches to key questions in Neolithic research, while others offer interpretive accounts of aspects of the archaeological record. Thematically, the main foci are on Neolithisation; the archaeology of Neolithic daily life, settlements and subsistence; as well as monuments and aspects of world view. A number of contributions highlight the recent impact of techniques such as isotopic analysis and statistically modeled radiocarbon dates on our understanding of mobility, diet, lifestyles, events and historical processes. The volume is presented to celebrate the enormous impact that Alasdair Whittle has had on the study of prehistory, especially the European and British Neolithic, and his rich career in archaeology.

    • History

Stonehenge Landscapes

Journeys Through Real-and-imagined Worlds
Author: Sally Exon,Vincent L. Gaffney,Ann Woodward,Ron Yorston
Publisher: Archaeopress
ISBN: 9780953992300
Category: History
Page: 139
View: 7419
Although many studies have been carried out on Stonehenge this one is very different, both in its approach and its methodology. GIS is used to explore the Stonehenge environs in 3D and to analyse the changing relationship between monuments and the landscape from the Mesolithic through to the Early Bronze Age. The CD-Rom allows you to view the distribution of sites in relation to the topography, with control over the location and direction of your viewpoint, and also to study intervisibility between sites. The still photographs provide `real' views of the sites, in contrast to the 3D images which make the landscape seem rather artificial. Additional data, both original and processed, are given on a CD-Rom which also repeats the text from the book, but with many more images.

    • Travel

The Old Stones

A Field Guide to the Megalithic Sites of Britain and Ireland
Author: Andy Burnham
Publisher: Watkins
ISBN: 1786782030
Category: Travel
Page: 400
View: 3441
This is the only book about standing stones created by the whole community of megalith enthusiasts, as represented by the archaeologists, photographers, theorists and stones aficionados who post on the Megalithic Portal. It offers unparalleled coverage of Britain and Ireland's Neolithic and Bronze Age sites: where they are, what to look out for, how to understand them. Featuring 1,000+ sites (500 with full photographic profiles), the book includes many places not covered elsewhere. An introductory essay by archaeologist Vicki Cummings helps readers interpret the sites and surrounding landscape through prehistoric eyes. Throughout the book are feature articles by different contributors on a huge range of topics, from archaeological analysis of key sites (including Stonehenge, Avebury, Durrington Walls, the Dartmoor stone rows, Grimes Graves, the Cumbrian axe factories, Newgrange and many more), reports on cutting-edge excavations at sites such as Must Farm and Ness of Brodgar, as well as discussions of 'mysteries', such as otherworldly experiences, dowsing, healing sites, archaeoastronomy and sacred geometry. Up-to-date archaeological approaches, such as sensory and experimental archaeology, are also explained. Andy Burnham's introduction offers tips for megalith enthusiasts in the field, as well as 'how to' features on drone photography and 3D modelling. With its stunning contemporary design combined with a durable flexi binding, this is a volume to gift and to treasure, to pore over at home and take out on expeditions.

    • Social Science

Stonehenge

making space
Author: Barbara Bender,Paul Aitken
Publisher: Berg Publishers
ISBN: 9781859739037
Category: Social Science
Page: 254
View: 5489
This book is an imaginative exploration of a place that has fascinated, intrigued and perplexed visitors for centuries. Instead of seeing Stonehenge as an isolated site, the author sets the stones within a wider landscape and explores how use and meaning have changed from prehistoric times right through to the present. Throughout the millennia, the Stonehenge landscape has been used and re-used, invested with new meanings, and has given rise to myths and stories. The author creatively explores how the landscape has been appropriated and contested, and invokes the debates and experiences of people who have very different and often conflicting experiences of the same place. Today, heritage managers, archaeologists, local people, free festivallers, and druids come to the place with entirely different understandings and agendas. The book demonstrates that the creation of spaces and places for people to express divergent viewpoints is powerfully constrained by social and political forces that allow some voices to be heard while others are marginalized. With dialogues and illustrations that range from the conventional to the cartoon strip, this multi-vocal book not only presents a wide range of views in an innovative way, but provides important new insights on how people shape and are shaped by landscape.

    • Social Science

Stonehenge Complete


Author: Christopher Chippindale
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780500289662
Category: Social Science
Page: 320
View: 5315
Draws on the latest research to provide an overview of the prehistoric monument, including theories about its intended purpose and the challenges of preserving it for the future.

    • Social Science

The Making of Prehistoric Wiltshire


Author: David Field,Dave McOmish
Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited
ISBN: 1445648423
Category: Social Science
Page: 176
View: 2815
The complete story of the area known for the famous Stonehenge, Avebury, Silbury Hill.

Stonehenge World Heritage Site: an Archaelogical Research

Framework
Author: Timothy Darvill,Vanessa Constant,Ehren Milner
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781848020788
Category:
Page: 178
View: 8497
Stonehenge is one of Europe’s most eminent prehistoric monuments, a fact recognized in 1986 when the site and its surrounding landscape was inscribed on the World Heritage List. Since that time, much effort has been given to improving the conservation, management and presentation of Stonehenge and its environs. Research has also played an important role with several extensive surveys and selective excavations helping to improve understandings of the site and its setting.But how does all the archaeological work carried out over the last century or so fit together? And what should we do next? This volume sets out to provide and overview of achievements and a framework for future research at and around Stonehenge.

    • History

Stonehenge


Author: Rosemary Hill
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 1847650759
Category: History
Page: 281
View: 6250
Stonehenge is woven into the earliest Arthurian legends and has been analysed by everyone from archaeologists, to town planners, to the Druids who have made it their spiritual home. By refusing to adopt one theoretical position, Rosemary Hill provides the most wide-ranging and expansive history of the megalithic structure to date, from its creation in 3000 BC to the threat of the thunderous main roads that flank it today.

'Restoring' Stonehenge 1881-1939

Stonehenge World Heritage Site Landscape Project
Author: Martyn Barber
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781848023475
Category:
Page: 142
View: 4321

    • Social Science

Stonehenge in its landscape

twentieth-century excavations
Author: Rosamund Cleal,K. E. Walker,R. Montague
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: 618
View: 1760
This volume represents a detailed discussion of the structural history of Stonehenge, arrived at by the integration of evidence from primary records of excavations carried out between 1901 and 1964. These major campaigns of excavation and recording include those of Prof William Gowland (1901); Lt-Col william Hawley (1919-26); Profs Stuart Piggott and Richard Atkinson with J F Stone (1950, 53-5,56,58 and 64) and some smaller, previously unpublished campaigns as well as more recent, small-scale excavations which are already published.The evidence for the use of the monument from the Middle Neolithic to the present day is discussed in terms of its landscape and social settings. The evidence for the rephasing of the monument, including artefactual and ecofactual assemblages, details of the radiocarbon dating programm, geophysical surveys, transcripts of all available field plans, sections, and stone elevations is presented together with a variety of summary lists, concordances, and a guide to the site archive.A new suite of radiocarbon determinations has been obtained which redefines our understanding of the sequence of construction and use of the monument and augments the surviving archaeological evidence.

    • History

Blick Mead: Exploring the 'first Place' in the Stonehenge Landscape

Archaeological Excavations at Blick Mead, Amesbury, Wiltshire 2005-2016
Author: Tom Lyons,Tom Phillips
Publisher: Peter Lang Limited, International Academic Publishers
ISBN: 9781787070967
Category: History
Page: 240
View: 9652
It is one of the most famous prehistoric places in the world, but much about the origins of the Stonehenge landscape remains a mystery. Stunning new information about the Stonehenge landscape, especially in the third Millennium BC, has been uncovered by a number of university research teams in the twenty-first century.

    • History

Stonehenge

Exploring the greatest Stone Age mystery
Author: Mike Parker Pearson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0857207334
Category: History
Page: 416
View: 2961
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.

    • History

The Oxford Handbook of Neolithic Europe


Author: Chris Fowler,Jan Harding,Daniela Hofmann
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191666890
Category: History
Page: 856
View: 4498
The Neolithic - a period in which the first sedentary agrarian communities were established across much of Europe - has been a key topic of archaeological research for over a century. However, the variety of evidence across Europe and the way research traditions in different countries (and languages) have developed makes it very difficult for both students and specialists to gain an overview of continent-wide trends. The Oxford Handbook of Neolithic Europe provides the first comprehensive, geographically extensive, thematic overview of the European Neolithic - from Iberia to Russia and from Norway to Malta - offering both a general introduction and a clear exploration of key issues and current debates surrounding evidence and interpretation. Chapters written by leading experts in the field examine topics such as the movement of plants, animals, ideas, and people (including recent trends in the application of genetics and isotope analyses); cultural change (from the first farming to the first metal artefacts); domestic architecture; subsistence; material culture; monuments; and burial and other treatments of the dead. In doing so, the volume also considers the history of research and sets out agendas and themes for future work in the field.

    • Stonehenge (England)

Stonehenge

Making Sense of a Prehistoric Mystery
Author: Colin Richards,Joshua Pollard,Mike Parker Pearson,Kate Welham,Julian Thomas
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781909990029
Category: Stonehenge (England)
Page: 120
View: 2941
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.

Bandstands

Pavilions for Music, Entertainment and Leisure
Author: Paul Rabbitts
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781848023727
Category:
Page: 224
View: 6192
In 1833, the Select Committee for Public Walks was introduced so that "the provision of parks would lead to a better use of Sundays and the replacement of the debasing pleasures." Being "the safest and surest method of popular culture," music was seen as an important moral influence in this endeavor. And so the bandstand was born. The history and heritage of bandstands in England has largely been ignored. Yet in their heyday, there were more than 1500 bandstands in the country--in public parks, on piers, and at seaside promenades, often attracting crowds of thousands. In Bandstands, landscape architect Paul Rabbitts guides us from their evolution as "orchestras" in the early pleasure gardens, to their great decline after World War II, to their subsequent revival in the late 1990s. This beautifully illustrated book tells for the first time the story of these pavilions made for music, illuminating their history, architecture, and worldwide influence.

    • History

The Stonehenge environs project


Author: J. D. Richards,Julian C. Richards,Mike Allen
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 297
View: 9771

    • History

The Sounds of Stonehenge


Author: Stephen Banfield
Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Limited
ISBN: 9781407306308
Category: History
Page: 80
View: 6433
The Sounds of Stonehenge originated as a workshop of the Centre for the History of Music in Britain, the Empire and the Commonwealth (CHOMBEC), held at the Victoria Rooms, University of Bristol, UK in November 2008. The 8 papers contain material pertaining to acoustic physics, anthropology, archaeology, architecture, cognitive psychology, English literature, film studies, history, history of art, media and popular studies, musicology, sociology, and creative composition. Contents: 1) The sounds of Stonehenge: some notes on an acoustic archaeology (Joshua Pollard ); 2) New art - ancient craft: making music for the monuments (John Crewdson and Aaron Watson); 3) Soul music: instruments in an animistic age (Simon Wyatt); 4) Songs of the stones: the acoustics of Stonehenge (Rupert Till); 5) The cultural history of Stonehenge (Ronald Hutton); 6) Megaliths in English art music (Stephen Banfield); 7) Stonehenge and its film music (Guido Heldt); 8) Stonehenge in rock (Timothy Darvill).