'[A] gripping archaeological detective story … [Mike Pitts] excels at helping his readers to share his own thrill at puzzling over ambiguous technical evidence … What an image of ancient Britain all this presents ... Pitts's wonderful book does not just explain Stonehenge - it tells us something eternal about the human spirit'
'This is a book about people, the people whose inspiration and dogged determination created Stonehenge, and those whose curiosity has led us to understand the history of this remarkable site. In this deeply satisfying account the author tells the story from the search for the stone to the placing of the last lintel. He writes with erudition and enthusiasm in a way that makes us wonder anew at the stunning achievement that Stonehenge symbolises. This is essential reading for all who are curious about the human spirit'
Sir Barry Cunliffe, author of 'Britain Begins' and 'Bretons and Britons: The Fight for Identity'
'I read this book with huge enjoyment. A fascinating story, meticulously told, of how Stonehenge was built. We may never know why, but now we know how!'
'This excellent book …gives us a Stonehenge that lasted longer and changed more than we might expect, and took, perhaps, less time to build than we imagine'
'A refreshing perspective on “the famous rocks” … Offer[s] one of the most convincing and visually stunning proposals for the construction of Stonehenge to date'
'An engaging, eye opening account from a leading expert in the field'
BBC History Revealed
'The very best exploration of how those people built that magnificent structure on the Salisbury Plain, a group that have often been hidden by the question “why?” are revealed with “how?”'
'Fascinating … It seems our ancestors were also in the habit of chipping off bits from spare bluestones, perhaps as a way of transferring the magical landscape around Stonehenge to their own homes. Reading this book by the fireside is the nearest – and least damaging – modern equivalent'
Times Literary Supplement
'Pitts deftly weaves together antiquarian accounts, anthropological records, the latest research, and his own personal insights. The result is a highly readable and conversational account, with an intimate tone that effortlessly draws you into the complexities of the archaeological debates … An invaluable resource for those who wish to understand the fascinating and constantly changing story of Stonehenge'
Susan Greaney, Minerva
'In his heavily researched book, Mike Pitts examines the technical evidence to determine how the ancients would have built Stonehenge'
'Great affection for Britain’s best known pre-historic monument … comes through in this well researched and accessible discussion'