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Hengeworld by Michael Pitts

hengeworld pitts michael

For the first time in over forty years, an archaeologist presents the story from the inside. Pitts believes that ancestor worship played a great part in Neolithic thinking but it is unclear why stone of a certain type was necessary for that purpose. This book provides context for the history of research into Stonehenge as well as context for the monument in its stages of building. This is the story of the discovery of a lost civilisation that spanned five centuries, a civilisation that now lies mostly beneath the fields of Southern England. The anecdotes do not come at the expense of accurate details about the actual archaeology. It includes the latest information on what's been found by archaeologists at Stonehenge, and other similar structures around England, and what it shows about the people who built them.

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Hengeworld by Michael W. Pitts

hengeworld pitts michael

This is critical in assessing just how much of what is 'known' is really known for sure, and how much is subject to later variation. Here Mike Pitts, who has worked as an archaeologist at Avebury, and has access to the unpublished English Heritage files, asks what sort of people designed and built these extraordinary neolithic structures - the biggest in Britain until the arrival of medieval cathedrals. Pitts brings crucial first-hand experience: some of the most interesting stories in recent discoveries come from his own work. The book is long, and occasionally goes off on tangents, but it's fascinating. That is not, after all, what Seahenge was built for. The extraordinary wooden rings at Stanton Drew are the most recent and biggest of a series of remarkable discoveries that have transformed the way archaeologists think of the great monuments in the region, including Avebury and Stonehenge; Read more.

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Hengeworld (Book, 2001) [cleanpowerfinance.com]

hengeworld pitts michael

The extraordinary wooden rings at Stanton Drew are the most recent and biggest of a series of remarkable discoveries that have transformed the way archaeologists think of the great monuments in the region including Stonehenge and Avebury. He directed excavations at 1979โ€”80, and co-directed the excavation there of one of the in 2008. That said, this book does an excellent job of placing Neolithic technologies in a cultural context, and calling out unfounded assumptions made by past scholars. And when it comes to trying to understand the broad sweep of events it is difficult to access the information I actually wanted. Using computer reconstructions he shows what they looked like - and asks what they are for.

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Mike Pitts

hengeworld pitts michael

He first studied archaeology at school, at in Sussex. Rather than a summation of current knowledge, the author te Its been twenty odd years since I last explored Stone-circles and the like. Well, I read 322 pages about stones. The author bases his work on this revised corpus. Nearby at Avebury is one of the most extraordinary ancient religious landscapes.

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Mike Pitts

hengeworld pitts michael

There were some great anecdotes. As famous as it is mysterious, Stonehenge lies at he heart of our imagined past. I could physically visualize the places and various monument in location, without having to go and hunt for sizes, dates and scale, as I had to with so many other books and articles. This is the story of the discovery of a lost civilisation that spanned five centuries, a civilisation that now lies mostly beneath the fields of Southern England. It is laced with interesting anecdotes which give insight into the way archaeologists work and think. The good news is that things are starting to change.

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Hengeworld : Michael W. Pitts : 9780099278757

hengeworld pitts michael

It's a thought-provoking, fascinating book. As an bit of an archaeology buff, I appreciated that this book gave me a huge amount of balanced information without over-simplifying or over-embellishing. They weren't just a good read but added to the big picture. He gives the details about Stonehenge, but puts it in the context of the other large henges and the various monuments of the Neolithic. As famous as it is mysterious, Stonehenge lies at the heart of a lost civilization that spanned five centuries, a civilization that now lies mostly beneath the fields of southern England. It looks at dating and old digs, piecing together as accurate a story as possible and trying to put together the context of Stonehenge and the places like it. With a massive review of all the accumulated evidence, English Heritage, the current custodians of Britain's ancient monuments, have assembled a new chronology of events at Stonehenge that is a much more reliable basis for future work.

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Hengeworld by Mike Pitts

hengeworld pitts michael

Hengeworld attempts a synthesis of knowledge across a range of sites to explain the culture of the An excellent, readable, comprehensive survey of the state of archaeological knowledge of late Neolithic Britain, along with the the history of the field. His first book, Fairweather Eden: Life in Britain half a million years ago as revealed by the excavations at Boxgrove 1998 , which was co-written with fellow English archaeologist , dealt with the excavations that had been undertaken at the Lower site of by Roberts' team. It is a rather depressing story of amateurish digs, professional rivalries and a reluctance to publish results. I re Hengeworld put the Neolithic henges of Britain into context. It was built of timber, so surely our ancestors knew it would rot in the end.

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Hengeworld by Michael W. Pitts

hengeworld pitts michael

Particular about the type of materials to be used for their structures, they were prepared to trek hundreds of miles for precisely the right stuff. In November 1997 English Heritage announced the discovery of a vast prehistoric temple in Somerset. Using computer reconstructions he shows what they looked like and asks what they are for. An excellent, readable, comprehensive survey of the state of archaeological knowledge of late Neolithic Britain, along with the the history of the field. A lot of new sites, interpretations and information has come to light in the meantime.

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hengeworld pitts michael

It looks at dating and old digs, piecing together as accurate a story as possible and trying to put together the context of Stonehenge and the places like it. The wooden rings at Stanton Drew in Somerset are the most recent and largest of a series of remarkable discoveries, transforming the way archaeologists think of the great monuments in the region that includes Stonehenge and Avebury. In November 1997 English Heritage announced the discovery of a vast prehistoric temple in Somerset. I would have enjoyed it for the writing alone. This book perhaps opens more questions than it provides answers, but the nuanced and extremely careful information helped me see through other books that are too reductive or conversely sensationalizing. Its been twenty odd years since I last explored Stone-circles and the like. Scholarly book, aimed at an archeology audience rather than what I am, a casual reader interested in the British Bronze Age.

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