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Stonehenge, the Riverside Project

18 November 2012

Len Saunders, see www.stonehenge-info.org, had some real hefty tomes on Stonehenge and excavations that took place in the 20th century, as well as some smaller books, even paperbacks. Enough to fill a big space on a bookcase. Mike Parker Pearson's 'Stonehenge :exploring the greatest stone age mystery', Simon and Schuster:2012, the story of the Riverside Project, saves you a lot of library space. It is extremely comprehensive and jammed pack with interesting information, even going over things seen by earlier archaeologists, such as Hawley, Atkinson and Wainwright. Surprisingly, very little actual digging has taken place over the last 50 years, a sort of unforeseen consequence as a result of assigning it's care firstly to the Ministry of Works and then English Heritage. In spite of this the wait has been worth it – there is such a lot to absorb that it will take a while to tease out those things of interest to SIS members. In the meantime there is some information online, the usual blurbs issued by universities and the like – go to www.shef.ac.uk/archaeology/research/stonehenge/ or http://microsites.bournemouth.ac.uk/seeing-beneath-stonehenge/ or http://historyoftheancientworld.com/2012/05/the-stonehenge-riverside-pro…

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