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Stonehenge (Wooden Books) Hardcover – April 1, 2002

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Author and illustrator Robin Heath is a mathematician and engineer.

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Product Details

  • Series: Wooden Books
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books; First edition (April 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802713858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802713858
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,100,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Theodore A. Rushton on August 21, 2002
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The Egyptian pyramids were a monumental tomb; that's simple to understand. No one has yet uncovered the purpose for Stonehenge, which makes speculation about it a fascinating and centuries old pursuit of all possibilities.
Heath isn't a pundit pursuing puzzles; instead, he offers a brief analysis of current knowledge about this 5,000-year-old site. His comments are to the point, obviously meant to introduce teen readers the great science and abiding mystery of Stonehenge. For youth, it is a fair introduction that also offers enough to whet the appetite those who will become interested in further study about one of the enduring mysteries of history.
Unfortunately, his apparent contempt for competent anthropologists weakens the value of his book. Heath doesn't seem to understand the origins of urban culture date to at least Catal Huyuk and Jericho some 7,000 years ago, and probably long before that. The great stones of Stonehenge, which began as a "wood" -henge similar to hundreds of other "woodhenges" throughout England, are rather recent compared to other great ancient works.
The great puzzle of Stonehenge is not its existence, but why it was built of stone when hundreds of others were built of wood. Of course, the reason may be as simple as understanding why the Vatican has artwork by Michaelangelo and my local church has sketches by Joe Sixpack. Sadly, Heath overlooks this fundamental aspect as do most interpreters of the site.
The value of this book is its brevity, its "factoid" format consistently offers interesting snippets of information. The weakness is mixing an unsupported point-of-view with that brevity, it raises the question of whether unsubstantiated speculation is better than open-ended imprecision.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Curran on October 10, 2007
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This interesting LITTLE book is a good introduction to many of the major themes of British pre-history. It is especilly interesting in its treatment of the varying responses to Stonehenge through time by those 'discovering' it and trying to make sense of it.
The treatment of some of the 'science' which has attempted to explain the form and function of the monument is a little uncritical but the major questions are identified. There is also a refreshing excursion into the 'Alternative Stonehenge, the loony fringe of dotty archeology', however Druids get never a mention!
The book is copiously illustrated with drawings either antique or in the antique style which are informative but in some cases, frustratingly small.
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For years, I have been looking for a book on Stonehenge. I saw one or two in the past, but by the time I got around to shopping, they were sold out and not stocked by Amazon anymore. This was the only book I could find, so I decided to go ahead with the purchase. It is a thin book of 58 small approximately 5 x 6 inch pages. It still is not known what purpose Stonehenge served to this day. Positively it aligns with winter and summer solstice. The amazing accuracy of the construction using peg and rope construction of that day is astounding. The people that built this were no dummies. This book explains down to the minutest detail where the stones were from, how many. I wish they had including the stone element composition which I think plays an enormous role as well. There is not much one can find out about Stonehenge other than what is in this book. Also to understand to construct your own, I would also recommend reading A Beginners Guide to Constructing the Universe. The fact that Great Britain is so special I would also read A Guide to Glastonbury's Temple to the Stars.
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