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Stonehenge Publications

Stonehenge is arguably the greatest prehistoric monument in Western Europe, and it sits at the heart of a landscape rich in Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments. In this Stonehenge-themed issue we are pleased to announce a new edition of Julian Richard’s Stonehenge: The Story so Far, and to offer you a chance to catch up with other Stonehenge books that you may have missed.

Readers of Historic England Research can get 20 per cent discount on all books sold through the online shop with free postage and packaging on orders where the catalogue price is £20 and over. Please see the publications article in the PDF of Issue 6 for details of how to get this discount before heading to the bookshop checkout.

The cover of 'Stonehenge the Story So Far' 2nd Edition by Julian Richards.
The cover of 'Stonehenge the Story So Far' 2nd Edition by Julian Richards. © Historic England

'Stonehenge: The Story So Far' by Julian Richards

Stonehenge is our most famous prehistoric monument: massive, enduring, its iconic stones recognised around the world. It has also been an object of curiosity for centuries, the subject of speculation and investigation, the source of a thousand theories.

In this book archaeologist Julian Richards sets out to tell its fascinating story. Starting with a clear explanation of the structures of earth and stone that go to make up this enigmatic monument, the book charts the ways that Stonehenge has been visited, seen, explored and understood since medieval times. Giants, wizards, Druids, burials adorned with gold and the birth of archaeology all figure in this evolving story. The excavations of the 20th century ‒ part triumph, part disaster ‒ are explained in detail as they form the foundation of our understanding of Stonehenge’s origins and development. The story that is told here is right up to date, including the results of the latest investigations in the landscape, which took place in 2016.

This book then goes on to tackle the big questions: Who built Stonehenge? How was it built? And – perhaps the most difficult – why was it built? These chapters take a practical and critical look at some of the current ideas, trying to get into the minds and world of our prehistoric ancestors. Finally all that has been explained is woven with imagination into a narrative chapter simply entitled: ‘Stonehenge – the story so far’.

£25.00 : September 2017 : 978-1-84802-100-6 : Hardback : 352pp : 246x189mm : 300 illustrations : SECOND EDITION.

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'Stonehenge: A History in Photographs' by Julian Richards



Published 15 February 2014

A History in Photographs: charts the last 150 years in the life of this extraordinary and iconic site.


'The Stonehenge Landscape: Analysing the World Heritage Site by Mark Bowden', Sharon Soutar, David Field and Martyn Barber

The Stonehenge Landscape

The Stonehenge Landscape

Published 1 July 2015

New analysis of the greatest prehistoric monument in Western Europe.


Stonehenge and Avebury: Exploring the World Heritage Site 1:10 000 scale map

Stonehenge and Avebury (Map 1:10 000 Scale)

Stonehenge and Avebury (Map 1:10 000 Scale)

Published 15 December 2013

Large scale map ideal for walkers and others wishing to explore the fascinating landscape of Stonehenge and Avebury.


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