Stonehenge: Sighting the Sun

By Clive Ruggles; Amanda Chadburn

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Stonehenge is one of the world's most famous ancient monuments, and its solar alignment is one of its most important features. Yet although archaeologists have learned a huge amount about this iconic monument and its development, a sense of mystery continues about its purpose. This helps fuel numerous theories and common misconceptions, particularly concerning its relationship to the sky and the heavenly bodies. A desire to cut through this confusion was the inspiration for this book, and it fills a gaping hole in the existing literature.

The book provides both an introduction to Stonehenge and its landscape and an introduction to archaeoastronomy—the study of how ancient peoples understood phenomena in the sky, and what role the sky played in their cultures. Archaeoastronomy is a specialism critical to explaining the relationship of Stonehenge and nearby monuments to the heavens, but interpreting archaeoastronomical evidence has often proved highly controversial in the past. 'Stonehenge: Sighting the Sun' explains why. It makes clear which ideas about Stonehenge are generally accepted and which are not, with clear graphics explaining complicated concepts.

This beautifully illustrated book shines new light on this most famous of ancient monuments. It is the first in-depth study of this fascinating topic suitable for specialists and anyone with a general interest.

Stonehenge: Sighting the Sun

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Additional Information

  • Series: Archaeology
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 232
  • ISBN: 9781802074673 (Hardcover) | 9781835538227 (PDF) | 9781835532713 (ePub)


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