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Stonehenge Decoded

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  114 ratings  ·  14 reviews
The remarkable arrangement of mysterious stones on Salisbury Plain in southern England has been the subject of studies, poems, and legends dating back before the days before King Arthur. What was Stonehenge? A city of the dead? A Druid altar of sacrifice? A temple to the sun? In this book, the astronomer who decoded these awesome monuments tells the story surrounding the m ...more
Hardcover, 202 pages
Published December 1st 1965 by Doubleday Books (first published January 1st 1965)
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Wow! It was built over a 300 year period from about 1950BC 'till about 1650BC (which was just before the famous Trojan War). It was most probably used for even a much longer period than 300 years. The earliest builders put in the 56 Aubury holes and the four rectangle stones which enabled them to accurately find the two solstices and two equinoxes and thus divide the year accurately into four seasons, which we still use today.

This latitude of stonehenge is the only latitude where the moon will r
Chris Marchan
Not the greatest book on the topic, I'm sure, (still looking for the definitive one) but a must read. Hawkins brought astronomy to the fore in regards to understanding Stonehenge, which has been like an epiphany to all who study the circles and other formations of England. Written in 1963, it has a very dated feel to it, and he does ramble on about so many seemingly insignificant bit of information, but when he gets to it, the material sings of revelation. Though scholars at the time scoffed at ...more
Amy Hing-young
The great works done by Professor Gerald S Hawkins by using his knowledge of astronomy and applying statistical and mathematical methods is a milestone in the history of decoding some of the mysteries of Stonehenge. He is also a modest man as he attributes his success to the "machine" - the computer technology that was able to validate some of the theories, and go even further with new revelations. A very interesting read, particularly if you are an entusiast of the technicalities of his work.
Pretty much any books on the subject of these monolithic structures will interest me, but i really enjoyed this one. Gerald Hawkins presented the information in a comprehendable way, and his findings were incredible! Who would have thought that our ancestors, whom some believe to be stupid cavemen, could have built such a complex structure for noting positions of the Moon and Sun, and eclipses. CRAZYYYYNESSS!
Derek Baldwin
The first really in-depth study of Stonehenge as an (alleged) archaeoastronomical site, based on the theories of Alexander Thom and lots of number-crunching. Not always easy to follow the line of argument, and there are some fairly wild flights of fantasy too, but this is lucid and interesting for the most part, and a deeply influential book, whatever its faults.
Very interesting book on Stonehenge. Having visited there, it was more revealing than what you would see on an initial visit.
Nancy Goldberg Wilks
Very interesting book! I'd like to know the current thought on the subject and how well these theories stood the test of time.
Don Gubler
Interesting speculations but I am sure it pales compared to the richness of the full truth.
Jan 29, 2008 Daniel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs
one of the best books about Stonehenge that I have ever read.

A bit dated, but still an interesting take on the Henge.
Many intriguing ideas, with great illustrations.
Mary McConahay
Second time I've read's a classic.
read this as a teenager and loved it then.
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