SOLVING STONEHENGE by Anthony Johnson
The New Key to an Ancient Enigma
Published by THAMES & HUDSON ISBN 978-0-500-05155-9
graphics and text © A.E.Johnson
Stonehenge: the Modern Myth
Over 250 years of speculation have lead to the widely held belief that prehistoric spirituality was focused entirely on the theatre of the celestial dome, yet there is ample and more convincing evidence to show that there were other, no less important preoccupations in the minds of those who designed and built Stonehenge.
Is it really surprising that the finest work of prehistoric architecture in Europe was placed on the most important perceived alignment i.e. that of the midsummer-midwinter solstice? This single observation has dominated Stonehenge studies since it was first recognised that the entrance through the earthwork approximated to midsummer sunrise by the antiquarian William Stukeley in the early 18th century.
However the story of Stonehenge is contained in more than the visible structure, there are a host of buried details which reflect its protracted use and modifications. Explore every detail of Stonehenge - from the simple earth and timber structure built shortly after 3,000 BC, to the enigmatic Y and Z Holes created well over 1,000 years later.
Jacket Photo : James Mitchell
Anthony Johnson is an archaeologist specializing
in geophysics, survey and computer applications in archaeology. He is also a part time tutor at the University of Oxford.
He was first introduced to Stonehenge in the 1970s by Professor Richard Atkinson while studying at University College Cardiff.
What survives both above and below ground conspires to tell us how the prehistoric surveyors and engineers translated an 'architectural blueprint’ into a largely prefabricated structure, and then carefully, with a skill no less impressive than those employed in raising the stones themselves, surveyed and set up the massive sarsen uprights to tolerances of just a few centimetres.
Within this meticulously planned scheme there was no room for error. Not one single stone of the array, nor any of the outliers within the surrounding earthwork can be shown to relate to anything external to the architectural model. Moreover this was all achieved without the need for measured inter-structural dimensions, for the virtue of a geometric design is that it is infinitely scaleable, from concept to construction.
One more myth..."Stonehenge was never finished", the evidence suggests it was, see some of the evidence.....HERE
''A splendid piece of work. Tony Johnson writes with enthusiasm and great clarity: this is indeed a major step forward in solving the puzzle of Stonehenge, as well as being a very readable and exciting book''.
SIR BARRY CUNLIFFE
Emeritus Professor of European Archaeology at the University of Oxford:
author of 'The Ancient Celts' and
'Europe Between the Oceans'
''A welcome return to the mysteries surrounding the stone circles at this most iconic of monuments. This provocative book adds a new dimension to recent studies of the surrounding landscape and the controversies that have endured for generations''.
Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara:
author of 'The Great Warming'
and 'The Little Ice Age'