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Prehistoric Avebury
Burl, Aubrey.
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xx, 314 pages 25 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
General Note:
Previous ed.: 1979.
Format :


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GN790 .B87 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This magnificent book is a fascinating account of the prehistoric stone circles at Avebury, which not only II date from an earlier era but are also larger than the more famous sarsen stone circle of Stonehenge. Written by a leading archaeologist, the book considers every aspect of Avebury's history and construction and discusses the probable purpose of these massive structures, in the process creating a vivid and moving picture of their creators -- a primitive people whose lives were brief, savage, and fearful.

Author Notes

Aubrey Burl was formerly principal lecturer in archaeology at Hull College of Higher Education, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Situated 18 miles from Stonehenge, Avebury, a complex of stone circles, barrows, earthworks and avenues, was built some 5000 years ago. Here archeologist Burl tells its stories in a text that ``sets a high standard in archeological writing for a lay audience,'' PW stated. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Introductionp. 1
1 Avebury Todayp. 13
2 The Destruction of Aveburyp. 25
3 Excavations at Aveburyp. 61
4 Avebury before Aveburyp. 83
5 The Time of Aveburyp. 121
6 The Building of Aveburyp. 153
7 The Enclosing of Aveburyp. 187
8 Lines to Aveburyp. 209
9 The Purpose of Aveburyp. 225
10 Avebury after Aveburyp. 257
Appendix 1p. 278
Appendix 2p. 280
Appendix 3p. 282
Appendix 4p. 285
Abbreviationsp. 286
Notesp. 287
Bibliographyp. 300
Indexp. 307