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Hengeworld: Life in Britain 2000 B.C.

Download Hengeworld: Life in Britain 2000 B.C. è PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free characters ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Mike Pitts As famous as it is mysterious Stonehenge lies at he heart of our imagined past Nearby at Avebury is one of the most extraordinary ancient religious landscapes For the first time in over 40 years an archaeologist close to both sites presents the story from the inside Starting at he excavation that followed the collapse of a Stonehenge megalith on the last night of the 19th century and ending with a dramatic dis. For the most part Hengeworld is a thoughtful discussion of the various discoveries about henge sites mostly in the Wessex area It looks at dating and old digs piecing together as accurate a story as possible and trying to put together the context of Stonehenge and the places like it I m pretty happy that at least in 2000ish when this was written Pitts was saying nothing controversial his work aligns with that of Francis Pryor notably not referenced though and Mike Parker PearsonOne note though where Pitts discusses people protesting the dig at Seahenge he insists that the protestors didn t understand what was going on Surely he seems to think if they d understood the circle was going to be destroyed anyway by the sea if they d understood the importance to archaeology they wouldn t have had anything to protest about But that ignores the link people still have with the prehistoric monuments like Seahenge It was built of timber so surely our ancestors knew it would rot in the end It was built on the shore for goodness sake a liminal impermanent place if there ever was one They meant for Seahenge to be taken by the sea perhaps It may even have been important to them Who is Mike Pitts or any archaeologist to claim that s not worth respectingI share the curiosity about megaliths and henges obviously I ve read this book But sometimes I do wonder why we privilege our understanding of them over the symbolism they had for ancient peoples On the one hand of course those people are gone and won t know what s happening On the other maybe rescuing Seahenge is not a sign of respect for the past but a desecration However important you think the archaeology is I think there should be room to consider that and accept that some people may feel it trumps the opportunity for radiocarbon dating and freezing the remains of Seahenge in time in a climate controlled environment That is not after all what Seahenge was built forWhen Pitts concludes that different eras have made what they will of Stonehenge and the other megalithic and megadendritic structures out there he s closest to recognising their real power I thinkReviewed for The Bibliophibian Harvest years an archaeologist close to both sites presents the story from the inside Starting at he excavation that followed the collapse of a Stonehenge megalith on the last night of the 19th century and ending with a dramatic dis. For the most part Hengeworld is a thoughtful discussion of the various discoveries about henge sites mostly in the Wessex area It looks at dating and old digs piecing together as accurate a story as possible and trying to put together the context of Stonehenge and the places like it I m pretty happy that at least in 2000ish when this was written Pitts was saying nothing controversial his work aligns with that of Francis Pryor notably not referenced though and Mike Parker PearsonOne note though where Pitts discusses people protesting the dig at Seahenge he insists that the protestors didn t understand what was going on Surely he seems to think if they d understood the circle was going to be destroyed anyway by the sea if they d understood the importance to archaeology they wouldn t have had anything to protest about But that ignores the link people still have with the prehistoric monuments like Seahenge It was built of timber so surely our ancestors knew it would rot in the end It was built on the shore for goodness sake a liminal impermanent place if there ever was one They meant for Seahenge to be taken by the sea perhaps It may even have been important to them Who is Mike Pitts or any archaeologist to claim that s not worth respectingI share the curiosity about megaliths and henges obviously I ve read this book But sometimes I do wonder why we privilege our understanding of them over the symbolism they had for ancient peoples On the one hand of course those people are gone and won t know what s happening On the other maybe rescuing Seahenge is not a sign of respect for the past but a desecration However important Nautier and Wilder you think the archaeology is I think there should be room to consider that and accept that some people may feel it trumps the opportunity for radiocarbon dating and freezing the remains of Seahenge in time in a climate controlled environment That is not after all what Seahenge was built forWhen Pitts concludes that different eras have made what they will of Stonehenge and the other megalithic and megadendritic structures out there he s closest to recognising their real power I thinkReviewed for The Bibliophibian

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Download Hengeworld: Life in Britain 2000 B.C. è PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free characters ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Mike Pitts Aning of this amazing monumentyet till now no one has been able to say with any confidence what it was foran up to date eye opening book on our greatest prehistoric monument Daily MailReads like awhodunit Manchester Evening NewsMike Pitts is that rare thing an archaeologist who not only makes the newsbut who can also write it This book is a gem witty charming urbane informative Simon Denison British Archaeolog. Great book for anyone interested in British henges particularly Stonehenge

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Download Hengeworld: Life in Britain 2000 B.C. è PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free characters ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Mike Pitts Covery on Avebury at the close of the 20th century Hengeworld tells how recent archaeology has revolutionised the way we think about these great stone circles and the people who built them Finally Pitts shows a pattern emerging from the archaeology of these sites which explains the relationship between then and reconstructs the ceremony that would have symbolised thisGenerations have tried to understand the me. Its been twenty odd years since I last explored Stone circles and the like A lot of new sites interpretations and information has come to light in the meantime Mike Pitts book is a very readable summary of much of this new info so for me it was a very good place to start catching upUnlike most archaeology books that are full of jargon and in depth discussions of not very exciting artefacts this book is refreshingly easy to read Rather than a summation of current knowledge the author tells the back story of British archaeology associated with the great henge monuments It is a rather depressing story of amateurish digs professional rivalries and a reluctance to publish results More than anything else this shows why we have had so little certain knowledge on these uniue monuments The good news is that things are starting to change With a massive review of all the accumulated evidence English Heritage the current custodians of Britain s ancient monuments have assembled a new chronology of events at Stonehenge that is a much reliable basis for future work The author bases his work on this revised corpus My main problem with the book was its novel like structure The narrative can jump around all over the place which at times is a significant distraction And when it comes to trying to understand the broad sweep of events it is difficult to access the information I actually wanted I have just finished Stonehenge A New Understanding by Mike Parker Pearson which is much better in several respects

  • Paperback
  • 409
  • Hengeworld: Life in Britain 2000 B.C.
  • Mike Pitts
  • English
  • 21 January 2020
  • 9780099278757