Set in Stone?
How Our Ancestors Saw Stonehenge
Susan Greaney, Barry Cunliffe, Simon Thurley (Foreword)
- Published for English Heritage to accompany the first exhibition at Stonehenge’s brand new visitor centre, opening December 2013
Of all the great prehistoric monuments of the British Isles none has been the subject of so much speculation and discussion as Stonehenge. People have wondered about Stonehenge and its history for centuries and the theories accreted around it over the last thousand years provide a fascinating reflection of the history of archaeology, showing how the discipline has gradually developed. From the first written account of the monument in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regium Britanniae in the middle ages, to the radiocarbon dating of the last century, our unfolding understanding of Stonehenge is in many ways a microcosm of the development of British archaeology and this beautifully illustrated book tells that story.
Susan Greaney is a Senior Properties Historian with English Heritage. Since 2009, she has been immersed in the archaeology of Stonehenge, researching and writing the exhibitions for the new visitor centre. Barry Cunliffe is Emeritus Professor of European Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford. With a career spanning 50 years, he has led major excavations at Fishbourne, Portchester, Bath and Danebury Hillfort and is a leading authority on the Iron Age. Simon Thurley is Chief Executive of English Heritage.