Bargain Guidebook: Stonehenge. Russian Stockists

Bargain Guidebook: Stonehenge. Russian Stockists

Today visitors experience Stonehenge as a wonder of ancient achievement and an enduring symbol of mystery. But Stonehenge was built as a temple - a place of ceremony of burial and of celebration. The first Stonehenge was simple - just a circular ditch and bank perhaps with a few small upright timber posts or stones - and was constructed about 5000 years ago in the period of prehistory known as the Neolithic or New Stone Age.By about 2500 BC more and much larger stones had been brought to the site huge sarsen stones from north Wiltshire and smaller bluestones from west Wales. This marked the beginning of over 800 years of construction and alteration stretching into the period known as the Bronze Age when the first metal tools and weapons were made. By this time Stonehenge was the greatest temple in Britain its banks ditches and standing stones arranged in sophisticated alignments to mark the passage of the sun and the changing seasons. But Stonehenge was just one part of a remarkable ancient landscape. Hundreds of burial mounds clustered on the surrounding hilltops while smaller temples and other ceremonial sites were built nearby. Stonehenge and these other ancient structures form an archaeological landscape so rich that it is classified as a World Heritage Site.Stonehenge has inspired people to study and interpret it for centuries. Medieval writers suggested magic as an explanation of how it was created; early antiquarians like William Stukeley in the early 18th century guessed - wrongly- that the Druids had built it. Archaeology still provides the best hope of answering some of these fundamental questions about Stonehenge: how and when it was built who built it and perhaps most difficult of all why it was built But even with the evidence that archaeology and modern science provide not all these questions can be answered. Stonehenge will always keep some of its secrets.Published: December 2013

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The Repair of Historic Buildings: Stockists

A revised work offering comprehensive advice on how damage from inadequate maintenance can be avoided. It remains aware that a programme of repair must take into account a building's unique character condition and historical development and covers principles and methods of repair.Paperback 76ppPub Date: February 1995

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Hadrians Wall Stockists

'From 1976 to 2000 English Heritage archaeologists undertook excavation and other research on Hadrian's Wall firstly as rescue excavation later for research and management purposes. This book begins with a brief account of these works and this collection of reports completes their publication.The recording of the historic fabric of the Wall led to an appreciation of the work of Charles Anderson who worked on exposing consolidating and recording the wall from 1936 to 1974. His long career and contribution to the Wall as we see it today are described. The recording project also led to the discovery of the James Irwin...

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The Dover Bronze Age Boat Stockists

In 1992 the perfectly preserved remains of a large prehistoric sewn plank boat were discovered buried six metres below the streets of Dover in SE England. The boat has been dated to c 150 BC and is one of the most important and spectacular prehistoric wooden objects ever found in Europe. This richly illustrated book including carefully researched reconstruction drawings tells the dramatic story of its discovery and excavation and the pioneering work done on its conservation re-assembly and display in the multi-award winning Bronze Age gallery at Dover Museum.The boat was made from huge oak planks hewn into elaborate shapes...

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The Story of Stonehenge: Activity Guide Stockists

This children's activity guide to the story of Stonehenge takes children and their families on a tour round the site shedding light on this fascinating and mysterious monument. The lively and informative text draws on the very latest research and is aimed at children aged 7-11.It includes a quiz a wordsearch gory stories and fun activities to complete on site as well as two pages of stickers for children to make their own Stonehenge scenes. It is illustrated with photographs and specially commissioned drawings from well-known children's illustrator Peter Cottrill.Key Features:4 pagesPaperbackPublished in 2013

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The Malvern Hills Stockists

The Malvern Hills are a dramatic ridge of ancient volcanic rocks along the western edge of the Severn Valley. Archaeologically the Hills are known almost exclusively for the two very large and prominent Iron Age hillforts that crown the ridge: British Camp and Midsummer Hill. In 1999 the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England (now part of English Heritag) with a number of partners embarked on an investigative project designed to study the hillforts and other well-known sites but also to focus attention on the Hills more widely as a landscape of special archaeological interest. The project involved documentary...

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Alston Moor, Cumbria Stockists

Raises awareness of the wide range and varied character of the historic landscape and buildings of Alston Moor - Highlights the bastle - a rare and unique northern upland building - Part of the critically acclaimed Informed Conservation series. Alston Moor is a large rural parish in Cumbria which historically both depended upon and provided important services for the agricultural and mineral industries of the North Pennines. Much of the area's settlement is dispersed among hamlets and single farmsteads. Isolated from major northern cities such as Carlisle and Newcastle by the surrounding hills and moors the parish's...

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Guidebook: Ashby de la Zouch & Kirby Muxloe Castles Stockists

The castles of Ashby de la Zouch and Kirby Muxloe were built by William Lord Hastings who acquired immense power and wealth in the service of King Edward IV. Muxloe was never finished after Lord Hastings’s murder in 1483. Ashby remained in use as a family seat and the remains of its magnificent great tower still stand to a height of 24m. Ashby was a royalist stronghold in the Civil War but after a long siege it fell to parliamentarians and was partially demolished. The castle started to attract visitors in the 19th century after Sir Walter Scott set a scene in his novel Ivanhoe there.Key Features:40 pagesPaperbackPublished...

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The Wessex Hillforts Project Stockists

The earthwork forts that crown many hills in Southern England are among the largest and most dramatic of the prehistoric features that still survive in our modern rural landscape. The Wessex Hillforts Survey collected wide-ranging data on hillfort interiors in a three-year partnership between the former Ancient Monuments Laboratory of English Heritage and Oxford University.These defended enclosures occupied from the end of the Bronze Age to the last few centuries before the Roman conquest have long attracted archaeological interest and their function remains central to study of the Iron Age. The communal effort and high degree...

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Guidebook: Old Sarum Stockists

Old Sarum is one of the most fascinating historic sites in southern England. There was originally an Iron Age hillfort here and later a royal castle and a great cathedral. This guidebook includes a tour of the Iron Age ramparts cathedral and castle and tells the story of Old Sarum from its beginnings to its 20th-century rediscovery.

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Swindon: The Legacy of a Railway Town Stockists

'In the pioneering days of early Victorian railway engineering the decision of Gooch and Brunel to locate an engine house and works just to the north of Swindon led to the creation of a sizeable engineering enterprise and a new settlement.The Great Western Railway became by far the largest employer in the region and for more than a century the fortunes of the town were inseparably linked with the development of the railway.In 1984 however many of the works buildings were under threat due to rationalisation within British Rail Engineering Ltd. Consequently many of the buildings were listed and a photographic record was begun....

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