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Mysteries of Stonehenge : Myth and Ritual at the Sacred Centre (Hardcover) (Nikolai Tolstoy)

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Stonehenge presents us with one of the greatest archaeological mysteries from pre-history. With each new breakthrough in field research and technological innovation, the full scale and significance of the ancient site only deepens. In this new magisterial study by Nikolai Tolstoy, an essentially historical approach is used to try and explain the human story behind the implacable stones, and to enliven our understanding of Stonehenge through the fragments of myth and ritual that survive through Britain's oral tradition. With years of patient study and an acquired fluency with the island's many ancient languages, Tolstoy excavates a new theory from the layers of cultural sediment.

Whilst admitting the latest archaeological evidence and research, Tolstoy aims to reconstruct the significant aspects of British pagan ideology and thinking from the pre-Roman era. By exploring the myths and rituals passed down alongside the material remnants of this lost civilization, Stonehenge becomes illumined as the 'sacred centre' of Britain, the holy site at which the ancient peoples' most profound beliefs – in the birth, destruction, and eventual rebirth of their island itself – were celebrated.
Number of Pages: 607
Genre: Social Science, History
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
Author: Nikolai Tolstoy
Language: English
Street Date: September 15, 2016
TCIN: 51823111
UPC: 9781445659534
Item Number (DPCI): 248-34-7204
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