The spectacular stone circles of western Europe, some nearly 6000 years old, have intrigued viewers through the ages. This beautiful book about these megalithic rings explores their ancestry, methods of construction, and eventual desertion. A substantially revised version of Aubrey Burl's highly praised work The Stone Circles of the British Isles, it offers new insights into the purpose of stone circles. It also provides a new interpretation of Stonehenge and of Callanish in Scotland, the first overview of the cromlechs in Brittany, a discussion of the problems of archaeoastronomy as related to stone circles, a greatly expanded Gazetteer, and an up-to-date list of radiocarbon dates and recent excavations.
The "Guide" may be intended to assist in land navigation since brief descriptions of the Walk are provided. By making physical comparisons possible, Burl does little speculating about why or even how the structures were built. But he includes numerous references to other archeologists, and he does discuss theories of influence. The Breton influence on Stonehenge , for example.