A Guide to the Stone Circles of Britain, Ireland and Brittany

by Aubrey Burl

Paperback, 1995



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GN805 .B8698


Yale University Press (1995), 276 pages


From Stonehenge to Callanish, from Newgrange to Er-Lannic, great prehistoric stone circles have drawn thousands of admiring visitors to their sites every year. This practical guidebook deals comprehensively with the stone circles of Britain and Ireland and with the cromlechs and megalithic horseshoes of Brittany.

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LibraryThing member keylawk
Another study of megalithic "henge", or Ring sites, in the British Isles by an accomplished archaeologist (and his wife). Includes photographs, calibrated diagrams, and occasionally somewhat indecipherable maps for over five hundred rings. Contains meticulous measure and recordation of the ambient facts of the works -- not just the stones, but proximity to water, cairns, tombs, or alignment on a terrace, or even just its names -- many of the otherwise merely perplexing features become delights. He shows the development of family cairns worked into great community monuments.
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 [84], for example.
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LibraryThing member the1butterfly
Alas that I didn't get to see any of these! How cool is it just to have a guide? The guide is very specific on the circles, locations, etc. If you want to see stone circles on the British Isles, this is certainly a guide that will take you beyond Stone Henge.


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0300063318 / 9780300063318



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