The Old Stones

Scottish Field - - BOOK REVIEWS -

BY ANDY BURN­HAM AND THE MEGALITHIC POR­TAL £29.99

★★★★★ This com­pre­hen­sive guide to pre­his­toric sites in Bri­tain and Ire­land is un­par­al­leled. Di­vided into the dif­fer­ent re­gions of the area, ev­ery stand­ing stone or cham­bered tomb is paired with its lo­ca­tion, a de­scrip­tion, and ex­ten­sive in­for­ma­tion on it, its his­tory at times min­gled with folk sto­ries. It is also highly orig­i­nal in its ad­di­tion of short fea­tures on a va­ri­ety of top­ics, from ‘Top 10 Pieces of Mu­sic In­spired by Pre­his­tory’ to ‘A Phenomeno­log­i­cal Ap­proach to Dol­mens’, each writ­ten by dif­fer­ent con­trib­u­tors. The guide prides it­self on hav­ing been writ­ten by the whole com­mu­nity of megalithic en­thu­si­asts, from arche­ol­o­gists to stones afi­ciona­dos. It con­tains 1,000 sites, hun­dreds of which are not cov­ered else­where. It is an es­sen­tial read for any­one want­ing to be­gin or to ex­pand their knowl­edge about the megalithic sites that de­fine British his­tory. This book is im­pres­sive and eye-open­ing – it truly is a book worth own­ing.

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