In the Footsteps of Kings - a new Guide to Walks around Kilmartin
In the Footsteps of Kings - Sharon Webb
Kilmartin House Trust, 2012. 224 pages.
This 224 page guide is a must have book if you wish to explore mid-Argyll and the Kilmartin Valley, with 25 guided tours of the area. It includes walks around Kilmartin Glen, Kilmichael Glen, the rock art in Achnabreck forest, the great Dunadd hillfort and lots more.
An archaeological study of Cheshire's prehistory, written by former Megalithic Portal editors Victoria and Paul Morgan. Includes an introduction on techniques, dating methods and previous research in Cheshire, chapters on the Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages, and extensive indices on Cheshire sites, further reading and useful addresses and websites. 9"x7"
Highly Recommended in reviews by Aubrey Burl,
Kevin Kilburn and others.
Standing with Stones - Rupert Soskin and Michael Bott
A film exploring the mysteries of Britain's ancient stone circles Standing with Stones. It is an exploration into the wealth of prehistoric sites in Britain and Ireland on a scale never before attempted on film. It aims to give a fresh insight into our megalithic heritage. The entire 136-minute documentary - written and presented by Rupert Soskin and produced and directed by Michael Bott - has been researched, scripted, narrated and filmed by just the two themselves, including composing all the music and creating the computer graphics.
Meini Hirion and the Sarns of Anglesey - William Evans
Anglesey has far more than its fair share of standing stones, in keeping with the large quantity of archaeological sites on the island. Most of these are large solitary stones, mainly of Bronze origin although are some that were erected recently.Since very early times man has puzzled over the reasons for their existence, and many theories have been put forward. generally these have been that they were great places of importance to the people of the time, possibly of "religious" significance. Dr. William Evans noticed that there was a pattern to their layout on Anglesey.
The Serpent Grail: The Truth Behind the Holy Grail, the Philosopher's Stone and the Elixir of Life - Philip Gardiner, Gary Osborn
The truth has been buried for hundreds of years beneath myth, symbolism, and propaganda?but it finally comes to light in these pages and can no longer be denied. This is the story of an extraordinary journey of discovery that uncovers the existence of a serpent-worshipping cult that thrived throughout the world in ancient times and whose influences have permeated all the major religions. The cult?s central rite involved mixing together snake blood and venom in a ceremonial bowl, forging a powerful healing elixir?and the evidence shows that this ritual holds the key to solving such enigmatic mysteries as the Holy Grail, Elixir of Life, Philosopher?s Stone, and the lost city of Atlantis. It's nothing less than a radical reinterpretation of world history.
Star Myths of the Greeks and Romans: A Sourcebook - Theony Condos (Translator)
Star Myths is an excellent sourcebook - for a serious student. If you're looking for entertaining and engaging writing, look elsewhere. If you want a learned (if brief) overview of how the Greek and Roman constellations were named, by whom, and the identities of some of the stars contained therein, then you've got the right volume!
Greek and Roman Warfare: Battle, Tactics and Trickery - John Drogo Montagu
A uniquely detailed work which explores the tactics and battle strategies of the Graeco-Roman period. This incisive study goes beyond the arms and armour to reveal the psychology behind history's most emblematic battles. The technology of an army is of course an important factor in its success, but battles are ultimately won by tactics and strategy. From the cunning ambush to oxen with torches masquerading as an escaping army at night, Drogo Montagu explores the intricacies of waging war in the ancient world. Using his extensive knowledge of Graeco-Roman military history, he has created a gripping account of classical military thought.
This lavishly illustrated book conveys the wonder of Ancient Egypt through the daily activities of its people - not the lives of Egypt's royalty or elite classes, but the typical men and women who composed this magnificent civilization. Exceptional for its range, the volume portrays Egyptian life from birth and childhood through education, love and marriage, occupations, war, and finally the soul's journey to the netherworld. A particular strength is the coverage of anatomical material and medical texts.
The Cygnus Mystery: Unlocking the Ancient Secret of Life's Origins in the Cosmos - Andrew Collins
It was a universal belief in ancient civilizations that life came originally from the cosmos and ultimately would return there after death. The shamanic journey was always to this sky-world - and it appears that it was always located in the direction of the stars of Cygnus - also known as the Northern Cross - and was accessed either via the Milky Way or an imagined cosmic axis. Andrew Collins has found that this ancient belief is based on an early astronomy which is about 17,000 years old.
This is a complete new history of the world's greatest stone circle. Britain's leading expert on stone circles turns his attention to the greatest example of them all - Stonehenge. Every aspect of Stonehenge is re-considered in Aubrey Burl's new analysis. He explains for the first time how the outlying Heel Stone long predates Stonehenge itself, serving as a trackway marker in the prehistoric Harroway. He uncovers new evidence that the Welsh bluestones were brought to Stonehenge by glaciation rather than by man. And he reveals just how far the design of Stonehenge was influenced by Breton styles and by Breton cults of the dead.
Stonehenge: The Secret of the Solstice - Terence Meaden
Looking at known facts of archaeology, science and ancient religion, the author explains these mysteries in terms of the universally-adored, world-renewal fertility/creation myth called the Sacred Marriage or The Marriage of the Gods; for this inspired the device by which the cosmic fertilisation of a female deity on Earth was achieved by visible revelation, the midsummer mating of the rising sun (via its radiant light) with a female standing stone (mis-named the Altar Stone at Stonehenge) inside a womb-like setting of stones.
The Knights of the Holy Grail: The Secret History of the Knights Templar - Tim Wallace-Murphy
Tim Wallace-Murphy explains the heretical spiritual beliefs of the Knights Templar and the Rex Deus families and examines their role in the loss of the Holy Land. He charts their achievements in a remarkable range of endeavours, from building castles and cathedrals to laying the foundations of the modern marketplace. He also uncovers the links between the Rex Deus families and the creation and propagation of the Grail sagas and, later, the foundation of the secret society of Freemasonry.
Fully illustrated, this book is the ideal introduction to Roman-British art, including mosaics, sculpture and architecture. The author discusses art patrons and craftsmen, the close relationship between the political and conomic history of the province and its art, and how Roman art responded rapidly to diverse influences.
Relying on the most recent archaeological evidence as well as on ancient artifacts, T.W. Potter and Catherine Johns assess the impact of the Roman invasion of A.D. 43 to provide a complete picture of Roman Britain. In the context of Britain's place in the empire as a whole, they survey the effect of Romanization in town and country, in the arts, architecture, and religion.
Gods with Thunderbolts: Religion in Roman Britain - Guy de la Bedoyere
Paperback, 304 pages, The History Press, 2007
This is the first book that attempts, systematically, to unravel the wide-ranging evidence that we have for the multifarious beliefs and practices of those living in Roman Britain..Guy de la Bedoyere has presented series on Roman Britain on both Radio 4 and BBC2. He is also the regular Roman expert on Channel 4's Time Team. He has written 14 books on aspects of Roman Britain and the Roman world.
This analysis of the changes - especially those in the visual arts - which occurred between AD 150 and 600, and led into the medieval world has been widely hailed as a masterpiece: 'Books by Richard Reece are typically individual, opinionated and insightful; and this is no exception.' - "British Archaeology". 'Richard Reece's writing is always stimulating; this book will appeal to both specialists and enthusiasts.' - "Oxbow Book News".
Spirit Roads, Exploring Otherworldly Routes in the Old and New Worlds - Paul Devereux
An important and unique work that provides authentic, deeply-researched geographical information on features such as Irish fairy paths, British corpse roads, Dutch death roads, Aborigine "songlines", and Pre-Columbian shamans' routes in the Americas. It is a guidebook to the spiritual geographies of the pre-modern world.
Watchers of the Dawn DVD and ebook by Douglas Scott
Watchers of the Dawn is the result of 20 years research by Douglas Scott, looking at how and why our ancient ancestors aligned standing stones and burial cairns to the sun and moon. DVD and CD-ROM guides to more than 100 prehistoric sites throughout Scotland.
On the Track of a Prehistoric Economy - Hans Peter Blankholm
Aarhus University Press, 1995, 320 pages
This academic study looks at maglemosian subsistence in early postglacial South Scandinavia, with detailed studies of the architectural history of various sites and anthropological notes such as sex and age distribution and the use of tools for hunting, fishing and gathering.
Megalithomania: Artists, Antiquarians and Archaeologists at the Old Stone Monuments - John Michell
168 pages, The Squeeze Press, April 2007
A new paperback edition of this classic book. A feast of extraordinary theories and personalities centred around the mysterious standing stones. John Mitchell tells the wonderful story of the reactions, ancient and modern, to these prehistoric relics, whether astronomical, legendary, mystical or visionary.
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Written by experienced authors, these carefully selected local walks are accompanied by maps and colour photographs. The 25 Walks series titles are little travel guides for seeing the beauty of Great Britain. Each geographical area tells the traveler of 25 different local walks to take to enjoy the sites and scenes of that particular region. Each walk has been thoroughly researched and noted. You'll see everything for which Great Britain is known: historical castles, ancient monuments, the rolling countryside, battle sites, and more. Each book is filled with detailed, easy to use maps for each walk and includes full-color photographs of landmarks and historical places. -- See Great Britain the healthy way -- by walking! Explore ancient ruins and marshes far from the hustle and bustle of normal tourist traffic, and get to know the countries and their people as they really are.
Part of The Stationery Office 25 Walks series. Explore Machrie Moor or climb to the top of Goatfell on Arran. In Ayrshire, stroll on the banks of the River Ayr or visit the magnificent Culzean Castle. This book describes 25 walks in some of Scotland's most beautiful countryside. On Arran you can explore Machrie Moor or climb to the top of Goatfell, while in Ayrshire you can enjoy a stroll on the banks of the River Ayr or a walk that takes in a visit to Culzean Castle.
25 Walks: Aberdeen - Peter Dawes, Alistair Mackenzie, Robert Smith
Part of The Stationery Office 25 Walks series. A guide to 25 walks in and around Aberdeen. Visit the Sands of Forvie, Bennachie and the eerie ruins of Gight Castle. Wander through ancient estates such as Fetternear and climb Elrick Hill.
Skye and Kintail describes 25 walks on the beautiful island of Skye and on the mainland opposite it. From the well-known and picturesque Old Man of Storr to the wildlife and prehistoric remains at Rubh' an Dunain; from the legends surrounding the Five Sisters to the lochs and crags above Plockton, this book guides the walker to areas of outstanding beauty and solitude.
Down District describes 25 walks in the attractive and varied countryside on the eastern side of Co. Down, Northern Ireland. The walks through places of outstanding natural beauty and stretch from the shores of Strangford Lough to where the 'Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea'. They include coastal, forest, lowland, and upland walks. Each has its own historical background with castles, holy shrines, churches, mansions and prehistorical sites. Suitable for all categories of walkers Down District is one of the main walking locations in Ireland.
Describes 25 walks in the varied countryside of the Cotswolds, from Bath in the South to Edge Hill in Warwickshire, 112km (70 miles) further north; and from spectacular scarp views in the west to gentle streams and pastures in the east. Within a 5000 year history, the visitor will find iron age hillforts, Roman roads, medieval monasteries, grand mansions and humble cottages, plus a wealth of wildlife and interest in the way the land is used today.
Discovering a Welsh Landscape: Archaeology in the Clwydian Range - Ian Brown (Author), Mick Sharp and Jean Williamson (Photography)
Part of the Landscapes of Britain series. In the far north-east corner of Wales, a line of hills looks east across the plain into England, guarding the way towards Snowdonia. Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Clwydian Range has a very rich archaeology. This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of this landscape: a history of Wales in microcosm. At the northern end of the Welsh March, the Clwydian Range is a crossroads, a place where outside influences have always been profound. The book consequently places the Range's archaeology in the context of the broader themes in Welsh and British history. Througout, the photographs capture the spirit of Hopkins' original "landscape plotted and pieced."
Landscapes for the World: Conserving a Global Heritage - Peter Fowler
Part of the Landscapes of Britain series. The book explores some extraordinary places, which anyone interested in landscape would wish to visit: places such as the Tongariro volcanic landscape in New Zealand; The Portuguese port wine region of Alto Douro; and the rice-growing terraces of the Cordilleras in the Philippines. The author, who has been actively involved in the inscription process, asks how we can recognise a World Heritage landscape, and discusses the politics of designation and conservation.
A Little History of Astro-Archaeology - John Michell
John Michell's acclaimed "Little History" charts the development of archaeoastronomy, illustrating the principal sites and personalities, and summing up its present state and exciting prospects for the future.
Use Wear Analysis and Obsidian: Theory, Experiments and Results
Sheffield Archaeological Monographs, Hardcover, 248 pages, 1992, ISBN 0906090423
This volume investigates a technique for the functional analysis of obsidian tools and a small archaeological case study: the lunates from the Bronze Age Sardinian site of Ortu Comidu is examined using the technique and approach. The discussion includes an assessment of wear formation theories and the role of functional information within archaeology. The technique and approach is brought to bear on a small archaeologucal case study: the lunates from the Bronze Age Sardinian site of Ortu Comidu.
Watchers of the Dawn is the result of 20 years research by Douglas Scott, looking at how and why our ancient ancestors aligned standing stones and burial cairns to the sun and moon. This is a 323-page ebook and CD guide to more than 100 prehistoric sites throughout Scotland, shown in over 500 colour pictures. 83 of these show unique images of the actual rising or setting sun from cupmarked standing stones and burial cairns throughout Scotland. Dougie's work is still being assisted by the late Prof. Alexander Thom in a unique way, see how below.
The Lockington Gold Hoard: An Early Bronze Age Barrow Cemetery at Lockington, Leicestershire edited by Gwilym Hughes
Paperback - 128 pages, Oxbow Books, 2000
This report details the results of excavations within an early Bronze Age barrow cemetery in 1994. The barrow provided a rare opportunity for examining in detail Bronze Age funerary practices and associated ritual activity in a lowland context in the English Midlands. In addition, a rich group of metalwork finds was discovered - two gold armlets and a copper dagger. The evidence at Lockington poses some interesting questions - why were there grazing animals in the palisaded enclosure immediately before the construction of the mound? and why was there no body with the deposit? The authors offer answers to these questions and discuss the barrow in a regional context. £7.95+p&p (RRP £25 - a saving of over 65%) Click here for more information
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