Perched on the chalk uplands of Salisbury Plain, the megaliths of Stonehenge offer one of the most recognizable outlines of any ancient structure. Its purpose – place of worship, sacrificial arena, giant calendar – is unknown, but its story is one of the most extraordinary of any of the world's prehistoric monuments.
Constructed in several phases over a period of some 1500 years, beginning c. 3000 BC, Stonehenge's key elements are its ‘bluestones' , transported from West Wales by unexplained means, and sarsen stones quarried from the nearby Marlborough Downs.
Francis Pryor delivers a rigorous account of the nature and history of Stonehenge, but also places the enigmatic stones in a wider cultural context, exploring how antiquarians, scholars, writers, artists, 'the heritage industry' – and even neopagans – have interpreted the site over the centuries.
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