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There are more than nine hundred stone circles in the British Isles alone and countless thousands of other prehistoric ruins scattered across Europe. These are the remains of past lives, civilisations and cultures, and many remain a source of mystery. We may never know the reason for the existence of these ancient monuments; however, with their creators long gone and their beliefs lost, a modern generation have used these sites for a number of weird and wonderful purposes. This book is a unique and light-hearted guide to the variety of uses stone circles have been put to through the ages and includes Britain's most visited sites such as Stonehenge and Avebury as well as the comparatively little known of these archaeological ruins. As well as stone circles you can find single standing stones, henges, burial chambers, prehistoric rock art and carved Pictish stones. This strange and fascinating list of uses ranges from executions to the venue for a rock concert, from marriages to the dining table of an intrepid antiquarian with a head for heights.

Discover how some circles were used for sex and promoting fertility, another for preventing pregnancy, and how these sites have been associated with fairies, witches, the Devil, UFO's, space aliens and visionary experiences amongst many other things.

History & Politics >> Archaeology >> Archaeology by period / region Publisher: The History Press Ltd Publication Date: 01/09/2009 ISBN-13: 9780752448060  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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If you thought that there were only three main theories about Stonehenge (ancestor rituals, healing centre, astronomical observatory) think again: this witty and readable book ranges across antiquarian and academic thinking and popular mythology to serve up 101 theories to explain why the UK's more than 900 stone circles were built (another few hundred theories could probably have been included but for the numerical constraint in the title).

Many theories are mutually contradictory – stone circles could be for healing or for human sacrifice, for devil worship or Christian baptism. Many show how ancient stones reflect the culture of the times – for example, Banksy's construction of Privyhenge at the Glastonbury Festival 2007 or Margaret Thatcher's condemnation of the stone circle built by Glasgow’s unemployed in Sighthill Park in 1979 as an example of a 'ludicrous Manpower Services job creation scheme'.

This is a well researched book that brings much-needed humour to the sober subjects of UFO landing pads, thrones of the Great Goddess, ley-lines and astroarchaeology.

Review reproduced with permission from www.archaeology.co.uk

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 22/02/2011

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