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Head of Zeus
Stonehenge
04 Mar 2021 * PAPERBACK * £12.99 * 9781838933333

A concise, illustrated account of the history and archaeology of an iconic feature of the English landscape.

Non Fiction / HDDA (Archaeology)
Extent: 208 pages  Format: 200 x 135 mm Illus: 50 integrated colour illus
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StonehengeThe Landmark Library, 2by Francis Pryor

A beautifully illustrated account of the history and archaeology of an iconic feature of the English landscape, as part of the stunning Landmark Library series.

Perched on the chalk uplands of Salisbury Plain, the megaliths of Stonehenge offer one of the most recognizable outlines of any ancient structure. Its purpose – place of worship, sacrificial arena, giant calendar – is unknown, but its story is one of the most extraordinary of any of the world's prehistoric monuments.

Constructed in several phases over a period of some 1500 years, beginning c. 3000 BC, Stonehenge's key elements are its 'bluestones', transported from West Wales by unexplained means, and sarsen stones quarried from the nearby Marlborough Downs.

Francis Pryor is one of Britain's most distinguished archaeologists. In Stonehenge, he delivers a rigorous account of the nature and history of the monument, while also placing the enigmatic stones in a wider cultural context, exploring how antiquarians, scholars, writers, artists, 'the heritage industry' – and even neopagans – have interpreted the site over the centuries.

Francis Pryor is one of Britain's most distinguished living archaeologists, the excavator of Flag Fen and a sheep farmer. He is the author of seventeen books including The Fens (a Radio 4 Book of the Week), Stonehenge, Flag Fen, Britain BC, Britain AD, and The Making of the British Landscape.

Stonehenge is one of UK's most-visited monuments.

Francis is a national treasure, and The Fens received high praise in the media and was a Radio 4 Book of the Week.

Author has appeared on Time Team and adapted and presented two of his books for Channel 4.

MARKET: Barry Cunliffe; Michael Wood .


'Pryor is especially able in conveying the dynamism of prehistory, with its constant changes, both of the form of individual monuments and in broader patterns of ritual behaviour and architectural fashion' TLS

'Beautifully written and illustrated book' Mail on Sunday

This beautifully produced book brings us up to date with the latest in Stonehenge thinking... This splendid book is nearly as good as wandering among the stones themselves' Daily Mail

'Pryor's ability to immerse himself in the age and the ability of see the landscape through their eyes, means that we get an expert view of the way that it evolved and changes, without descending into dry academic speak. As well as the rigorous writing, the book is full of excellent photos, high quality plans and beautiful pictures of Stonehenge. It is comprehensive without being complicated and well worth reading' Nudge Book

A straightforward, succinct account with little nonsense in a pocket-sized landscape hardback that displays highly tasteful production values. [Pryor] is at his best describing early events at Stonehenge... this is a book "in touch with its time and readership"' Current Archaeology

A masterful overview of the historical hotspot... Pryor's personable, authoritative prose is just what's needed to breathe life into a subject you might have thought long exhausted' History Revealed

'A concise, beautifully illustrated account of the history and archaeology of an iconic feature written by an author who's clearly passionate about our past' NFU Countryside

Head of Zeus has produced something that gives considerable aesthetic pleasure... [Pryor's] readers benefit from his experience of excavating water-logged, thus better preserved, prehistoric sites' Minerva magazine

'Accompanied by beautiful photographs and illustrations, the book takes us back in time to appreciate the complexity and spiritual significance of a 4,000-year-old monument that stands as testament to the ancients' BBC Countryfile.

Pryor has a way with words that somehow simplify complex data and make it interesting and intelligible for the general reader... This is undoubtedly a most enjoyable read and will be a good addition to the Stonehenge catalogue' Prehistoric Society.

his is a smashing little book... Especially good value. Recommended' Ripperologist

Stonehenge makes three important contributions. First, it summarises in less than 200 pages the latest research on the monument without superficial treatment. Second, Pryor cuts through the bewilderingly complicated sequence of construction and reconstruction at Stonehenge to make sense of this complex monument... And third, it is a lively and engaging read, punctuated by Pryor's anecdotes from working at Flag Fen and other sites' Time and Mind

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