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Solving Stonehenge

The New Key to an Ancient Enigma

Anthony Johnson

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An original and convincing solution to the key puzzles of Stonehenge


Anthony Johnson reveals in this astonishing book that the clues to the enigma of Stonehenge lie not in the surrounding landscape, as modern archaeological enquiry would have us believe, but within the stones themselves. Patient detective work and detailed computer reanalysis of evidence hidden within the monument can be made to yield remarkable new insights into how the earthwork and stone circle were conceived and laid out on the ground.

The work has unlocked secrets and revealed that there is still more intriguing, dynamic and exciting information to be retrieved from Stonehenge than has been hitherto imagined. The book is illustrated with the author’s own elegant and specially researched diagrams and computer-generated reconstructions.

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'This is indeed a major step forward in solving the puzzle of Stonehenge, as well as being a very readable and exciting book'
Sir Barry Cunliffe

'Represents a quantum leap forward into the temporal mists of the Prehistoric mind'

'Engrossing and compelling … makes a significant contribution to our knowledge of the monument, at the same time refuting much of the nonsense. This is a lot of book for the money and well worth reading'
Measurement + Control

'The most attractive, readable, sensible and most comprehensive exploration of Stonehenge available'
American Library Association

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 23.9 x 16.5 cm

Extent: 288 pp

Illustrations: 150

Publication date: 19 May 2008

ISBN: 9780500051559

Contents List

Introduction: Seeking Hidden Truths at Stonehenge 1. Landscape and Opportunity 2. Changing Interpretations of Stonehenge: Myth, Legend and the Early Antiquarians 3. Fieldwork, Excavation and Speculation 4. The Archaeology of the Early Monument 5. The Archaeology of the Stone Monument 6. Astronomy or Architecture? 7. The Prehistoric Surveyors 8. The Geometry of the Early Monument 9. The Geometry and Construction of the Sarsen Circle and Horseshoe

About the Author

Anthony Johnson is a part time tutor in Landscape Archaeology at the University of Oxford, Department of Continuing Education. He is a hugely experienced archaeological surveyor.