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Stonehenge for the Ancestors (Paperback)

Part 2: Synthesis

Ancient History > Prehistory > Neolithic P&S History > Archaeology > British Archaeology

By Mike Parker Pearson, Joshua Pollard, Colin Richards, Julian Thomas, Kate Welham
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Series: The Stonehenge Riverside Project
Pages: 380
Illustrations: 70fc/70bw
ISBN: 9789088907050
Published: 28th September 2022
Casemate UK Academic

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For many centuries, scholars and enthusiasts have been fascinated by Stonehenge, the world’s most famous stone circle. In 2003 a team of archaeologists commenced a long-term fieldwork project for the first time in decades. The Stonehenge Riverside Project (2003-2009) aimed to investigate the purpose of this unique prehistoric monument by considering it within its wider archaeological context.This is the second of four volumes which present the results of that campaign. It includes studies of the lithics from excavations, both from topsoil sampling and from excavated features, as well as of the petrography of the famous bluestones, as identified from chippings recovered during excavations. Other specialist syntheses are those of the land mollusca. The volume provides an overview of Stonehenge in its landscape over millennia from before the monument was built to the last of its five constructional stages. It concludes with a chapter placing Stonehenge in its full context within Britain and western Europe during the third millennium BC.With contributions by:Umberto Albarella, Michael Allen, Richard Bevins, Benjamin Chan, Robert Ixer, Claudia Minniti, Doug Mitcham and Sarah Viner-Daniels

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About Joshua Pollard

Joshua Pollard is a Professor of Archaeology at the University of Southampton, UK. He has wide-ranging research interests in the Neolithic period and has directed and co-directed major fieldwork projects in the Avebury and Stonehenge landscapes.


About Colin Richards

Colin Richards is Professor of World Prehistory in the Deaprtment of Archaeology at the University of Manchester where he mainly specialises in Neolithic archaeology, architecture and monumentality and ethnoarchaeology, with specific interests in Orkney and Easter Island.



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