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Inhaltsangabe: Stonehenge has fascinated mankind for centuries, enveloping generation after generation in its haunting mystery. But while much has been learned about this ancient monument, the fundamental questions remain: Who built it? What was its purpose? How was it used? Drawing on more than 15 years of research, John North has at last succeeded where others have failed. He comprehensively examines Stonehenge from all available angles -- archeological, astronomical, and spiritual -- and considers relevant research from other prehistoric remains in Britain and Northern Europe. He shows, for the first time, that the stones were not so much sighting devices as maps of the heavens and that the design of the monument evolved over thousands of years rather than conforming to a single original blueprint. Such observations form the basis of deductions about prehistoric life and religion that will profoundly affect our understanding of who we are and where we came from.
From Kirkus Reviews: Mysterious Stonehenge has been a magnet for theorists of every stripe for centuries. This new interpretation, by a historian of science (Groningen Univ., the Netherlands), argues that it was both an astronomical observatory and a map of the heavens. Actually, North's net is spread much wider than the title suggests. He begins with a discussion of the structure and orientation of long barrows (or mounds) and ends up examining almost every class of prehistoric megalithic monument on the British Isles as well as some in Western Europe. North has little patience with the idea that the megalith-builders were crude workmen, citing some of the better-preserved monuments that have precise alignments of various points with certain fixed stars. He finds a historical progression from the early long barrows to the later stone avenues and rows, with henges (circular enclosures first made of wood, then stone) the culmination of the tradition. Stonehenge itself evolved over some 2,000 years, and North provides a complete inventory of its components and reconstructs the various stages of its growth. The sight lines through the stone rings are carefully diagrammed, and various astronomical relationships spelled out. Finally, the author brings together his various themes in a discussion of the astronomically based rituals and beliefs he feels we can deduce from the evidence he has compiled. The wealth of detail here, combined with copious diagrams and calculations, is likely to overwhelm the reader who is not familiar (at least through other books) with the monuments under consideration. And while North pays due homage to folklore and other colorful accretions to the subject, his highly technical approach makes this a book many casual antiquarians are more likely to skim than read. An important contribution to the literature of this fascinating subject, then, but more for the specialist than for the common reader. (212 line drawings, 29 photos, not seen) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
Titel: Stonehenge: Neolithic Man and the Cosmos
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Buchbeschreibung HarperCollins, 1997. Paperback. Buchzustand: Very Good. Stonehenge: Neolithic Man and the Cosmos This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. See all our books here, order more than 1 book and get discounted shipping. . Buchnummer des Verkäufers 7719-9780002558501
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Buchbeschreibung HarperCollins, Toronto, Canada, 1997. Paperback. Buchzustand: Near Fine. Reprint. 609 pages-Combines meticulous attention to the latest archaeological surveys with a profound knowledge of the heavens as they were a millennia ago to establish the function of the stones on Salisbury Plain and what we can know of the religion that caused them to be erected. Size: 6 x 9 ". Buchnummer des Verkäufers 9975
Buchbeschreibung Harper Collins, London, 1997. Trade Paperback. Buchzustand: Very Good. Reprint. There have been many attempts to explain the purpose of Stonehenge. Using archaelogical detail and a knowledge of the heavens as they were many millennia ago, North establishes the function of the stones themselves and what we can know of the religion that caused them to be erected". BOOK DETAILS: The contents are clean, tight and sound throughout.The card covers are clean and unmarked, with only minimal wear.The lettering on the spine is clear and bright. No age-toned pages No signs of previous ownership (no previous ownership inscriptions). Book has appearance of only minimal use. A very attractive/desirable copy. Illustrated. 609pp. (incl. index). The unpacked weight of this book is approx. 569g. (Please note: books that weigh over 1kg. (1000g) when packed will exceed the quoted postage rate to overseas destinations). This BOOK IS IN STOCK and READY TO MAIL NOW. Your book when ordered will be securely packed and promptly dispatched by The Book Collector (Established:1993). ***Prompt professional service - satisfaction guaranteed.*** Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 8600
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