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Stonehenge - A New Understanding

Solving the Mysteries of the Greatest Stone Age Monument

by Mike Parker Pearson

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Despite its being one of prehistory's most alluring landmarks, before the Stonehenge Riverside Project led by noted archeologist Mike Parker Pearson, only half of Stonehenge itself - and far less of its surroundings - had ever been investigated, and many records from previous digs are inaccurate or incomplete.

With fresh evidence based on seven years of unprecedented access to the Stonehenge World Heritage Site, this excavation replaces centuries of speculation about even the most fundamental mysteries of Stonehenge with hard proof. Stonehenge changes the way we think about the site, correcting previously erroneous dating, filling gaps in our knowledge about its builders and how they lived, clarifying the monument's significance both celestially and as a burial ground, and contextualizing Stonehenge - which sits at the center of one of the densest prehistoric settlements in history - within the broader landscape of the Neolithic Age.

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"This detailed work may challenge casual readers, but it will prove immensely rewarding to any student of the subject." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Renowned archaeologist Pearson presents the findings of the most ambitious and scientifically informed investigation of Stonehenge thus far ... The most authoritative, important book on Stonehenge to date." - Kirkus

"This is brilliantly written scholarship. The book combines old ideas about the circle with the unexpected revelations of today. It is a triumph." - Aubrey Burl, author of A Brief History of Stonehenge and seven other books on prehistoric stone circles

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Mike Parker Pearson

Mike Parker Pearson is professor of archaeology at Sheffield University and an internationally renowned expert in the archaeology of death. The author of fourteen books and over 100 academic papers, he led the Stonehenge Riverside Project from 2003 to 2009. He has appeared in the National Geographic Channel documentary Stonehenge Decoded and in the NOVA episode "Secrets of Stonehenge."

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