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Bringing together the pieces,
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This review is from: The Avebury Cycle (Paperback)
Dames makes a strong case that Avebury Circle, Silbury Hill, West Kennet Barrow - and numerous other late Neolithic sites in the Avebury area are all part of a grand design celebrating the annual cycle of birth and death so prevalent in agricultural societies both past and present. He also shows that, while not literate, these people were highly numerate and this shows up in the sizing and placement of the various structures. While one can never prove such ideas completely, this is a well researched exposition looking into the role of the (White) Goddess in early British culture. I didn't find it "New Agey", but rather, "archaeology-plus", or well-directed anthropology.
Apparently some people are uncomfortable with anything more than the hard cold facts. But intelligence requires we order these facts into some kind of working hypothesis. Dames book builds on the work of many, many other experts and synthesizes them into a believable and compelling order. Anyone looking for a more comprehensive view of what the society that created these amazing, durable Neolithic structures valued and believed will gain much from this work. You don't have to buy his hypothesis 100% to learn a great deal. Highly recommended.