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Description - The Old Stones by The Megalithic Portal

This is the only book about standing stones created by the whole community of megalith enthusiasts, as represented by the archaeologists, photographers, theorists and stones aficionados who post on the Megalithic Portal. It offers unparalleled coverage of Britain and Ireland's Neolithic and Bronze Age sites: where they are, what to look out for, how to understand them.
Featuring 1,000+ sites, the book includes many places not covered elsewhere. An introductory essay by archaeologist Vicki Cummings helps readers interpret the sites and surrounding landscape through prehistoric eyes. Throughout the book are feature articles by different contributors on a huge range of topics, from archaeological analysis of key sites (including Stonehenge, Avebury, Durrington Walls, the Dartmoor stone rows, Grimes Graves, the Cumbrian axe factories, Newgrange and many more), reports on cutting-edge excavations at sites such as Must Farm and Ness of Brodgar, as well as discussions of 'mysteries', such as otherworldly experiences, dowsing, healing sites, archaeoastronomy and sacred geometry. Up-to-date archaeological approaches, such as sensory and experimental archaeology, are also explained. Andy Burnham's introduction offers tips for megalith enthusiasts in the field, as well as 'how to' features on drone photography and 3D modelling. With its stunning contemporary design combined with a durable flexi binding, this is a volume to gift and to treasure, to pore over at home an take out on expeditions.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781786781543
ISBN-10: 1786781549
Format: Paperback / softback
(239mm x 203mm x mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Watkins Publishing
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publish Date: 20-Sep-2018
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - The Megalithic Portal

The Megalithic Portal is the world's most-visited standing-stone website. It was set up by chartered engineer Andy Burnham in 2001 as a forum for megalith enthusiasts and to document, publicise and protect our prehistoric heritage, much of which is under threat today from development and intensive agriculture. This interactive website, run by Andy and a team of around a dozen other amateur editors, has input from thousands of contributors from all over the world, including professional photographers and archaeologists. Since 2001 they have assembled a worldwide resource of over 50,000 ancient sites and 170,000 images, serving half a billion pages. Vicki Cummings is a Reader in Archaeology at the University of Central Lancashire. Over the last decade she has excavated a series of Neolithic monuments, and is the author of a number of books and articles, including The Neolithic of Britain and Ireland (Routledge, 2017).

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