- Hardcover: 202 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday (June 1, 1965)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385041276
- ISBN-13: 978-0385041270
- Package Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,123,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One of my questions about Stonehenge -- as with the Great Pyramid -- is just how did supposedly 'primitive' people design and then build such an incredibly sophisticated and complex and enormous artifact? The tools that one would have to possess - let alone the skills to do the work - don't fit in with our views of our ancient ancestors - and, yet, they have left us some phenomenal monuments over the millennia. How? Why? While the author gives some answers here - a lot remains for future research. A time machine would be valuable to have sometimes …