Book review: Stonehenge (Michael Capek)

Title: Stonehenge
Author: Michael Capek
Publisher: Abdo Publishing

 

Stonehenge is a man-made formation of big rocks laid in a circular shape. It is located at Salisbury Plain, as shown on map above. It is surrounded by a air of mystery that people had tried to solve for centuries. Who built it and why? The popular folklore attributed it to the magician Merlin.

 

In this book the author Michael Capek compiled the works of archaeologists, astronomers, and geologists on Stonehenge for the past centuries such as John Aubrey in 1660s, Richard Atkinson in 1950s and Mike Parker Pearson in 2000s. While they did not fully solve the mystery, they managed to have new discoveries that sort of lead us closer to the answer, yet at times it brought up more questions. For example in 1923 H H Thomas studied the rocks and concluded the rocks came from the Preseli Mountains of Wales then the question was how did the ancient Britons transport those rocks from Wales to Salisbury Plain in England?

Some scientists have suggested Stonehenge is a puzzle without a solution, which may be the real reason the site continues to fascinate people thousands of years after it was made.

 

This book is not written as a travel guide but readers will find it useful for a basic understanding of Stonehenge before visiting the site.

 


PS: I borrowed this book from the library. I have not received any form of compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the publisher or author mentioned in the post.

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