Stonehenge for the Ancestors: Part 2 Synthesis

Mike Parker Pearson, Joshua Pollard, Colin Richards, Julian Thomas, Christoper Tilley, Kate Welham

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For many centuries, scholars and enthusiasts have been fascinated by Stonehenge, the world’s most famous stone circle. In 2003 a team of archaeologists commenced a long-term fieldwork project for the first time in decades. The Stonehenge Riverside Project (2003-2009) aimed to investigate the purpose of this unique prehistoric monument by considering it within its wider archaeological context.

This is the second of four volumes which present the results of that campaign. It includes studies of the lithics from excavations, both from topsoil sampling and from excavated features, as well as of the petrography of the famous bluestones, as identified from chippings recovered during excavations. Other specialist syntheses include soil micromorphology. The volume provides an overview of Stonehenge in its landscape over millennia from before the monument was built to the last of its five constructional stages. It includes a chapter placing Stonehenge in its full context within Britain and western Europe during the third millennium BC.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherSidestone Press
Number of pages388
ISBN (Electronic)9789088907074
ISBN (Print)9789088907050, 9789088907067
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022

Publication series

NameStonehenge Riverside Project Series


  • Stonehenge
  • archaeology
  • prehistory
  • Neolithic
  • Britain
  • megaliths
  • stone circles
  • standing stones
  • Bluestone
  • Sarsen
  • avenue
  • Petrography
  • landscape
  • molluscs
  • Lithics


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