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A Guide to the Prehistoric Monuments of West Wales
By Robin Heath
Have you ever felt, while visiting a megalithic monument, that there may be something more going on beyond the sparse model of human culture in prehistory presented by archaeologists and historians? If so, then this book may be exactly what you have been looking for - because it offers an explanation as to why those monuments are out there on the landscape, and why they were placed at a particular location. And more!
Whether the local bluestones were taken to Stonehenge or moved by glacial action, they were certainly important in prehistoric times, being employed in various stages of the construction of Stonehenge. The history of this mystery, ancient and modern, from Merlin and Geoffrey of Monmouth to the 'healing stones' theory of Timothy Darvill and Geoffrey Wainwright, is covered in detail.
This book provides a much needed and important guide to anyone visiting the major and a few minor megalithic sites in the Preseli region of West Wales, but it takes in a much wider compass than this. Packed with new original research, apart from telling you how to get to the major sites, and about the geometry of monuments, it will inform you on how sites relate to others, often over long distances, and how they are related to their landscapes and skyscapes.
Size: 210 x 148 mm
Extent: 184 page
Illus: Over 100 colour photographs and graphics
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Bluestone PressDecember 2010