9780300083477

The Stone Circles of Britain, Ireland, and Brittany; New Revised Edition

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    9780300083477

  • ISBN10:

    0300083475

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Trade Book
  • Copyright: 2000-07-11
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Preface x
Acknowledgements xiii
Time Chart xiv
A Note on Dating xvi
Introduction 1(14)
Early Work on Stone Circles
15(7)
The Origins of Stone Circles
22(21)
The Construction of a Stone Circle
43(21)
Function: Calendars, Cults and Sex
64(13)
The Earliest Stone Circles
77(10)
Sanctuaries and Depots: Rings with a Difference
87(16)
The Stone Circles of Cumbria
103(24)
The Stone Circles of Northern Ireland and the Wicklows
127(20)
The Stone Circles of Western and South-Western England
147(28)
The Stone Circles of Wales
175(19)
The Stone Circles of Western and Northern Scotland
194(21)
The Stone Circles of North-Eastern Scotland
215(28)
The Stone Circles of Central and South-Western Scotland
243(19)
The Stone Circles of the Republic of Ireland
262(21)
The Stone Circles of Eastern Britain: from Fife to Oxfordshire
283(24)
The Stone Circles of Wessex
307(24)
The Megalithic Enclosures of Brittany
331(18)
Stonehenge
349(27)
Appendix C-14 Assays from Stone Circles 376(2)
Bibliographical Abbreviations 378(2)
Notes 380(13)
County Gazetteer 393(45)
Bibliography 438(20)
Index 458

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