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Exploring Avebury: The Essential Guide (英語) ペーパーバック – 2016/9/15
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Avebury in Wiltshire is best known as the worlds largest stone circle, but surrounding it is a wealth of ancient monuments. Captivated by its unique atmosphere, many visitors form a personal, often spiritual, connection to Avebury and its "sacred landscape." What was it that first attracted people to the Avebury area more than 5,000 years ago?
Beautifully illustrated with over 400 photographs, maps, and diagrams, Exploring Avebury invites us on a journey of discovery. For the first time the importance of water, light, and sound is revealed, and we begin to see Avebury through the eyes of those who built it.
This is a marvelous guide to the largest stone circle (or henge) in Europe. We were lucky enough to visit this site but before the book was published. Our guide did a great job driving and guiding us, and he was kind enough to send me a copy once the book was published.
This book is well organized, filled with stunning images and contains a great deal of well documented information. The new age stuff is referred to here, but find some of the pagan worship folks if you want more insight on Druids and such like.
This is a laid back, scientific approach; the writing is clear and concise based on verifiable facts.
The section on sarsen "drifts" and the images of the Valley of Stones on Fyfield Down are particularly impressive, especially the supplemental material on how sarsen stone were formed.
The information and photographs of the West Kennet Long Barrow is also very good. This quotation will give you a flavor of Marshall's writing:
"In today’s restored monument, virtually all the sarsen stone is original. However, the original construction also included sections of dry walling made with small, thin slabs of limestone imported from outside the area, as commonly found in other Cotswold-Severn long barrows. Much of the stone used as dry walling in the WKLB was identified as originating from Calne, 7 miles to the west; some though, came from an area between Frome and Bradford-on-Avon, some 20 miles to the south-west. Well over a ton of this ‘foreign’ stone had been imported to build the barrow."
An interesting chapter is entitled "Where did the stones come from?" The ten "primary stones" apparently were used more or less where they were found, but the abundant "henge stones" are thought to have been brought in from various locations as far a 15 miles away.
Marshall touches on Silbury Hill and other features in the area. All in all, a book I would have liked to have on the trip, but one that brought back much of the wonder long afterwards.
Robert C. Ross