Library Association Choice Review:
This is a wonderful book--the most attractive, readable, sensible, and
most comprehensive exploration of Stonehenge available. Happily, it
rises above the arcane astronomical theories so fashionable in recent
years, emphasizing what can be truly seen on the ground, not on what
some claim to see in the sky. It is a haunting, graceful tribute to
prehistoric genius, Neolithic administrative expertise, premeditated
geometric design, and careful peg and cord surveying. For 15 centuries,
the actual experience of creating and recreating Stonehenge was
probably equal to the glory of the final product itself. Johnson
(Oxford) finds his evidence in both the existing monument and in early
British sketches, particularly the meticulous 1740 work of John Wood.
In April 2008, for the first time in four decades, a tiny
archaeological excavation was permitted at Stonehenge. Its full results
have not yet been published, but they will be minor adjustments.
Johnson's present synthesis will stand the test of time. The book is a
tribute to him and to the high standards of Thames & Hudson,
should be profitable, delightful reading for everyone".
Essential. All levels/libraries."