Stonehenge

A New Understanding : Solving the Mysteries of the Greatest Stone Age Monument
Author: Michael Parker Pearson,Stonehenge Riverside Project (England)
Publisher: The Experiment
ISBN: 1615191933
Category: History
Page: 410
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"First published in Great Britain in 2012 as Stonehenge: exploring the greatest stone age mystery by Simon & Schuster, a division of Simon & Schuster UK Ltd."--T.p. verso.

Stonehenge

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

In Search of Buddha's Daughters

The Hidden Lives and Fearless Work of Buddhist Nuns
Author: Christine Toomey
Publisher: The Experiment
ISBN: 1615191941
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 384
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A 60,000-mile odyssey in search of Buddhist nuns—hailed as “inspiring and necessary” (Kirkus), “ambitious” (Tricycle), and “compelling” (Financial Times) They come to the monastic Buddhist life from every faith and career: a policewoman, a princess, a Bollywood star, a violinist. Out of the public eye, despite hardship and even persecution, they vow to seek enlightenment in a world full of noise. Who are these women? What motivates them, and what stands in their way? Award-winning journalist Christine Toomey investigates. From Nepal to California, she encounters unforgettable nuns who reveal the blessings—and perils—of carrying a 2,500-year tradition into the twenty-first century. Often denied equal status with monks, they are nonetheless devoted—to their faith, and to change.

Stonehenge Complete


Author: Christopher Chippindale
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780500289662
Category: Social Science
Page: 320
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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.

If Stones Could Speak

Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge
Author: Marc Aronson,Michael Parker Pearson
Publisher: National Geographic Books
ISBN: 1426305990
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 64
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Explores the mysterious monument of Stonehenge and reveals some of its secrets and history.

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
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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.

The Memory Code: The Secrets of Stonehenge, Easter Island and Other Ancient Monuments


Author: Lynne Kelly
Publisher: Pegasus Books
ISBN: 1681773821
Category: Social Science
Page: 336
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The discovery of a powerful memory technique used by our Neolithic ancestors in their monumental memory places—and how we can use their secrets to train our own minds In ancient, pre-literate cultures across the globe, tribal elders had encyclopedic memories. They could name all the animals and plants across a landscape, identify the stars in the sky, and recite the history of their people. Yet today, most of us struggle to memorize more than a short poem. Using traditional Aboriginal Australian song lines as a starting point, Dr. Lynne Kelly has since identified the powerful memory technique used by our ancestors and indigenous people around the world. In turn, she has then discovered that this ancient memory technique is the secret purpose behind the great prehistoric monuments like Stonehenge, which have puzzled archaeologists for so long. The henges across northern Europe, the elaborate stone houses of New Mexico, huge animal shapes in Peru, the statues of Easter Island—these all serve as the most effective memory system ever invented by humans. They allowed people in non-literate cultures to memorize the vast amounts of information they needed to survive. But how? For the first time, Dr. Klly unlocks the secret of these monuments and their uses as "memory places" in her fascinating book. Additionally, The Memory Code also explains how we can use this ancient mnemonic technique to train our minds in the tradition of our forbearers.

Stonehenge


Author: John North
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780006388029
Category:
Page: 656
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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 can be known of the religion that caused them to be erected.

Hanging Man

The Arrest of Ai Weiwei
Author: Barnaby Martin
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374708436
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 256
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The gripping story of post-Mao China and the harrowing fate of the artist and activist Ai Weiwei In October 2010, Ai Weiwei's Sunflower Seeds appeared in the Turbine Hall in the Tate Modern. In April 2011, he was arrested and held for more than two months in terrible conditions. The most famous living Chinese artist and activist, Weiwei is a figure of extraordinary talent, courage, and integrity. From the beginning of his career, he has spoken out against the world's most powerful totalitarian regime, in part by creating some of the most beautiful and mysterious artworks of our age, works which have touched millions around the world. Just after Ai Weiwei's release from illegal detention, Barnaby Martin flew to Beijing to interview him about his imprisonment and to learn more about what is really going on behind the scenes in the upper echelons of the Chinese Communist Party. Based on these interviews and Martin's own intimate connections with China, Hanging Man is an exploration of Weiwei's life, art, and activism and also a meditation on the creative process, and on the history of art in modern China. It is a rich picture of the man and his milieu, of what he is trying to communicate with his art, and of the growing campaign for democracy and accountability in China. It is a book about courage and hope found in the absence of freedom and justice.

Solving Stonehenge

The New Key to an Ancient Enigma
Author: Anthony Johnson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 288
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Draws on modern computer analysis to present new theories about Stonehenge's creation, reevaluating the lesser-known 1740 survey of John Wood, presenting arguments that reveal its construction throughout more than 1,000 years, and explaining what the stones themselves reveal about their numbers, spacing, and relationships.

Home

A Time Traveller's Tales from Britain's Prehistory
Author: Francis Pryor
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141971339
Category: Social Science
Page: 352
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In Home Francis Pryor, author of The Making of the British Landscape, archaeologist and broadcaster, takes us on his lifetime's quest: to discover the origins of family life in prehistoric Britain Francis Pryor's search for the origins of our island story has been the quest of a lifetime. In Home, the Time Team expert explores the first nine thousand years of life in Britain, from the retreat of the glaciers to the Romans' departure. Tracing the settlement of domestic communities, he shows how archaeology enables us to reconstruct the evolution of habits, traditions and customs. But this, too, is Francis Pryor's own story: of his passion for unearthing our past, from Yorkshire to the west country, Lincolnshire to Wales, digging in freezing winters, arid summers, mud and hurricanes, through frustrated journeys and euphoric discoveries. Evocative and intimate, Home shows how, in going about their daily existence, our prehistoric ancestors created the institution that remains at the heart of the way we live now: the family. 'Under his gaze, the land starts to fill with tribes and clans wandering this way and that, leaving traces that can still be seen today . . . Pryor feels the land rather than simply knowing it' - Guardian Former president of the Council for British Archaeology, Dr Francis Pryor has spent over thirty years studying our prehistory. He has excavated sites as diverse as Bronze Age farms, field systems and entire Iron Age villages. He appears frequently on TV's Time Team and is the author of The Making of the British Landscape, Seahenge, as well as Britain BC and Britain AD, both of which he adapted and presented as Channel 4 series.

Stonehenge

A History in Photographs
Author: Julian C. Richards,Julian Richards, Dr
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781848022652
Category: History
Page: 118
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Stonehenge is the world's most famous pre-historic monument and, since the middle of the 19th century, probably the most photographed. Using images from English Heritage's unique photographic archive (formerly known as the National Monuments Record), Stonehenge: A History in Photographs charts the last 150 years in the life of this extraordinary and iconic site. These largely unseen images touch on various moments in Stonehenge's history, from the leisurely tourism in the last years of Victoria's reign to the monument of today, a site visited each year by more than one million people from all over the world. This book is a celebration of Stonehenge, in fascinating and often very human images. The text is written by archaeologist and television presenter Julian Richards, someone with a genuine love of Stonehenge. This is a book for all who share a fascination with this magical monument.

Earthly Remains

The History and Science of Preserved Human Bodies
Author: Andrew T. Chamberlain,Michael Parker Pearson
Publisher: British Museum Publications Limited
ISBN: 9780714150086
Category: Social Science
Page: 207
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The preserved remains of other human beings hold a special fascination for the living. Earthly Remains explores the history and science behind such phenomena as: the bodies of Abraham Lincoln, Lenin, Eva Peron and other famous politicians, embalmed and displayed for political ends; bog bodies, including the famous Lindow Man - how and why did they meet their fate?; mummies from ancient Egypt and even earlier examples from South America; frozen corpses, such as the 5,000-year-old Tyrolean Ice Man; bodies preserved in outline form, including those of Pompeii and Sutton Hoo; and cryonics, embalming and other modern preservation techniques. Illustrated with the images of many of the cases discussed, Earthly Remains is a book that will appeal to everyone's sense of mystery in the history and origins of our ancestors.

The Archaeology of Death and Burial


Author: Michael Parker Pearson
Publisher: Gardners Books
ISBN: 9780750932769
Category: History
Page: 250
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The archaeology of death is a central aspect of our attempts to understand vanished societies. Through funeral remains we learn of the attitudes of prehistoric peoples to death and the afterlife, and also of their social organisation.

In Search of the Red Slave

Shipwreck and Captivity in Madagascar
Author: Michael Parker Pearson,Karen Godden
Publisher: Sutton Publishing
ISBN: 9780750929387
Category: History
Page: 217
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Pirates, shipwreck and slavery - these are the key themes in this story of an Englishman who spent 14 years of his life in captivity in Madagascar. Although Robert Drury wrote a book about his adventures in 1729, it has long been out of print. This book aims to track down the truth of his story.

The Ruin of the Roman Empire

A New History
Author: James J. O'Donnell
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061982466
Category: History
Page: 448
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The dream Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar shared of uniting Europe, the Medi-terranean, and the Middle East in a single community shuddered and then collapsed in the wars and disasters of the sixth century. Historian and classicist James J. O'Donnell—who last brought readers his masterful, disturbing, and revelatory biography of Saint Augustine—revisits this old story in a fresh way, bringing home its sometimes painful relevance to today's issues. With unexpected detail and in his hauntingly vivid style, O'Donnell begins at a time of apparent Roman revival and brings readers to the moment of imminent collapse that just preceded the rise of Islam. Illegal migrations of peoples, religious wars, global pandemics, and the temptations of empire: Rome's end foreshadows today's crises and offers hints how to navigate them—if present leaders will heed this story.

The Story of Stonehenge


Author: Patricia Southern
Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited
ISBN: 1445615878
Category: History
Page: 96
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Stonehenge is the best-known but least understood prehistoric monument in the British Isles. Other stone circles are impressive and atmospheric, but none approach the sophistication of Stonehenge.

Ancient Worlds

The Search for the Origins of Western Civilization
Author: Richard Miles
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 014196300X
Category: History
Page: 400
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Across the Middle East, the Mediterranean and the Nile Delta, awe-inspiring, monstrous ruins are scattered across the landscape - vast palaces, temples, fortresses, shattered statues of ancient gods, carvings praising the eternal power of long-forgotten dynasties. These ruins - the remainder of thousands of years of human civilization - are both inspirational in their grandeur, and terrible in that their once teeming centres of population were all ultimately destroyed and abandoned. In this major book, Richard Miles recreates these extraordinary cities, ranging from the Euphrates to the Roman Empire, to understand the roots of human civilization. His challenge is to make us understand that the cities which define culture, religion and economic success and which are humanity's greatest invention, have always had a cruel edge to them, building systems that have provided both amazing opportunities and back-breaking hardship. This exhilarating book is both a pleasure to read and a challenge to us all to think about our past - and about the present.

Stonehenge

The Story So Far
Author: Julian Richards
Publisher: Historic England Publishing
ISBN: 9781848021006
Category: Excavations (Archaeology)
Page: 352
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Massive, enduring, iconic--Stonehenge is perhaps the world's most famous prehistoric monument. It has been an object of curiosity for centuries, the subject of endless investigation and source of a thousand theories. In this book, archaeologist Julian Richards sets out to tell Stonehenge's fascinating story up to the present archaeological moment. Starting with a clear explanation of the structures of earth and stone that the monument is composed of, Richards then charts the ways that Stonehenge has been viewed, explored, and explained since medieval times, from its role in the folklore of giants, wizards, and druids, to its use for lavish burials of the elite and their gold, to its importance in the birth of modern archaeology. Tackling the big historical questions--who built Stonehenge, how, and why?--Richards takes a practical and critical look at the current theories and invites us in to the minds and world of our prehistoric ancestors. As the foundations for our understanding of Stonehenge's origins and development, the excavations of the twentieth century are also reexamined in detail, as Richards weighs triumphant recoveries against disastrous destructions. Taking stock of new excavations in the wider landscape and at Stonehenge itself, and packed with diagrams, archival images, and stunning contemporary photography, this edition tells the ongoing story of Stonehenge.

The Bermuda Triangle, Stonehenge, and Unexplained Places


Author: Dave Kelly,Andrew Coddington
Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing, LLC
ISBN: 1502628430
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 64
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For centuries, there have been great questions surrounding some of the world's most well-known places. This book explores the history behind locations like the Bermuda Triangle and Stonehenge and examines how science has sought to explain some of the deepest-rooted mysteries of the world. Full of photographs, eyewitness accounts, hoaxes, and scientific approaches, this book allows readers to dive into these fascinating places like never before.