Customer Review

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bringing together the pieces, June 22, 2011
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

4.0 out of 5 stars (3 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (1)
4 star:
 (1)
3 star:
 (1)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
$16.95
Add to cart Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Top Reviewer Ranking: 18,846,749