“Reads like a…whodunit.” – Manchester Evening News
“Mike Pitts is that rare thing, an archaeologist who not only makes the news…but who can also write it. This book is a gem — witty, charming, urbane, informative.” – Simon Denison, British Archaeology
From the Publisher
The ancient sites at Stonehenge and Avebury lie at the heart of Britain’s imagined past, as fabled as they are mysterious. In Hengeworld,
archaeologist Mike Pitts, who has led excavations at both sites, looks at the people who designed and built these structures—and why. Starting with the excavation that followed the collapse of a Stonehenge megalith on the last night of the 19th century, and ending with a dramatic discovery in Avebury at the close of the 20th, Hengeworld
tells the story of a lost civilization that spanned five centuries, a civilization that now largely lies beneath the fields of southern England. A major, authoritative reappraisal of these great prehistoric sites and of their bygone civilizations.