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Stonehenge & Wessex: Research

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Recommended Reading:

“Stonehenge: Exploring the Greatest Stone Age Mystery” by Mike Parker-Pearson.
Simon & Schuster, 2012 (hardcover), 416 pages, ISBN 978-0857207302
This is the most up-to-date, professional discussion of Stonehenge and its surrounding monuments. It is written by Professor Mike Parker-Pearson,  whose recent excavations in and around Stonehenge have radically altered our understanding of the monument’s construction, function and meaning, so much so that previous publications on Stonehenge are now largely outdated. Buy at Amazon.

“Stonehenge. English Heritage Guidebook” by Julian Richards.
English Heritage, 2005 (paperback), 48 pages, ISBN 978-1850749332
Although already requiring revision in the light of recent research, this is still a good starting point for getting to know the monument. Buy at Amazon

“Hengeworld” by Michael Pitts.
Arrow, 2001 (paperback), 432 pages, ISBN: 978-0099278757
This is a highly readable book which amateurs and professionals alike should find valuable and evocative. The author cleverly combines the hard facts with more intriguing questions about the people and society that built and used the henge monuments and stone circles of Britain. Buy at Amazon

“Old Sarum. English Heritage Guidebook” by John McNeill.
English Heritage, 2006 (paperback), 40 pages, ISBN 978-1850749813
The most up-to-date guide to this splendid site of old Salisbury which boasts an Iron Age hillfort and Norman castle in one. Buy at Amazon

“Anglo-Saxon England” by Sir Frank M. Stenton.
Oxford Paperbacks, 2001, 765 pages, ISBN: 978-0192801395
This is the third edition of a classic and superbly comprehensive examination of the formation of early England written by the late Professor Frank Merry Stenton, who was knighted for his services as an English historian. The book covers not only the emergence of Anglo-Saxon kingdoms and the importance of Wessex, but also the history of English Christianity and the 11th century establishment of  Norman feudalism. But at Amazon.

“Social Relations in Later Prehistory: Wessex in the First Millennium BC” by Niall Sharples.
OUP Oxford, 2010, 392 pages, ISBN: 978-0199577712
In this fully illustrated study, Niall Sharples examines in clear and concise language the social relationships of the Wessex region in later prehistory, covering themes such as the significance of hillforts and the development of coinage. An exciting new picture of a period and a region which has considerable importance for British archaeology, and a recommended purchase for anyone interested in the European Iron Age. Buy at Amazon.