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"An informed, informative, and well-balanced survey of the facts, fictions, and problems of our stone circles." Glyn Daniel, The Guardian "Burl's authoritative book is indispensable for anyone pursuing this tantalising enigma." Publishers' Weekly "A magnificent book thorough, lucid, scholarly, and at times poetic...A landmark book." Alan J. Friedman, San Francisco Review of Books "An admirable balance of scholarship and literary skill." New Yorker --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Aubrey Burl was until his retirement principal lecturer in archaeology at Hull College of Higher Education. He is the author of numerous publications, including The Stone Circles of the British Isles, Prehistoric Avebury, and From Carnac to Callanish, all published by Yale University Press.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Revised ed. edition (February 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300114060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300114065
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,592,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By susan jennings on October 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
My husband and I are very interested in ancient cultures and especially stone circles; this book told us where they were, what to expect to see, and how to get there (which wasn't always very easy!) We were able to pick an area of England with a heavy concentration of good quality circles based on his descriptions and pictures, and with book in hand, see many of the ones we chose. Mr. Burl is kind enough to mention when the going is tough, and he was always right. The only thing that could make this book any more invaluable as a field guide would be inclusion of Surveyor's Maps of the areas...but those can be purchased easily in the countries in question. (Color photos would've been nice, too!) Highly recommended for real trip-planning, or just for inspiration!
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By A Customer on July 7, 2001
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I recently returned from a vacation over in Ireland/Scotland/Wales where for 4 weeks I and 2 of my friends researched and visited stone circles throughout the Isles. Aubrey Burl definitely has written an essential resource you should pick up if you have the intentions of going to see them. He touches on a great number of "out of the way" stone circles not widely known in areas and gives precise directions on how to get to them. It is almost like a treasure hunt, you never knwo what is around the corner in Aubrey's book! A definite must get for the stone circle enthusiast. Don't even think about putting this book down. Get a map, get this book, and go hunting for these great spiritual centers.
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Burl, an expert on the subject of stone circles, has
created an essential and portable guide to all of the
major sites in Great Britain and Brittany. The sites
listed in the book are
numbered and keyed to useful maps which offers visitors to
a given area the opportunity
to avoid missing anything of interest. Each
site has a thorough description which often includes
interpretations, a "condition code", and practical
instructions as to how to find it. Also included is a
good index and bibliography, and, for most sites,
reference to published literature. This is not a book
of photographs or site maps, although there are
quite a few of each, especially for the
better sites. Rather, this
is an exceptional and really practical
little guidebook, one anyone headed for the field
will certainly want to
carry along.
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Aubrey Burl's previous works were showing a wee bit of dating. As carbon dating become more accurate, you are seeing these ancient rings grow older in age instead of younger as they anticipated. While Burl's previous works were amazing, this long awaited "update" of this information, as well as addition information on more recent excavations make this is must. Yes, it expensive. But it's worth every penny. There are new insight in the the purpose of the rings of stone, a new interpretation of Calanais (sorry, as a Scot I refuse to call it Callanish!) and Stonehenge

The beautiful book is loaded with hundreds of photos, explores the ancestry, methods of construction and why they were abandoned after thousands of years of use.

Marvelous work made even better by bringing the information up to date.
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This very informative guidebook will bring to life your understanding of what otherwise might appear to be some big rocks in a field. I recently viewed a very important megalithic site, Stanton Drew, without this book. Even though I am somewhat well-read in this area, the site really was uninterpretable on its own. When I read the commentary in this book, my experience of the site changed and I was able to peer back through the millenia to see the site as the builders would have. This book is indispensible.
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Finally I got the first and longest lasting item on my wish list..this book! Having been to GB and having seen a number of these wonderful sites, I wanted a guide to them so that I could plan a trip just to see more stone circles. I also ordered Standing with Stones: a photographic journey. Together these books give a now armchair archaeologist the perfect combination of resources.
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