Begun in 1874 and published in 1880, a detailed survey of the stones of Stonehenge was one of the earliest works of William Matthew Flinders Petrie (1853–1942), the energetic archaeologist who is remembered as a pioneering Egyptologist. It is reissued here alongside Sir Richard Colt Hoare's 1829 analysis of the barrows surrounding Stonehenge, thus giving modern readers a valuable two-part snapshot of nineteenth-century investigations into this famous site. Hoare (1758–1838), a Wiltshire baronet with a keen interest in archaeology and topography, conducted excavations on the site of the stones in the early 1800s, which were later referred to by Petrie, whose measurements were much more accurate (up to one tenth of an inch). Petrie's numbering system for the stones, as set out in this publication, is still in use today. Many of his groundbreaking works in Egyptology are also reissued in the Cambridge Library Collection.
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- Date Published: December 2014
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781108076852
- length: 104 pages
- dimensions: 244 x 170 x 5 mm
- weight: 0.18kg
- contains: 8 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Stonehenge: Introduction
1. Description of the plans
2. Details of the stones
3. Methods of workmanship
4. Number of stones
5. The work not complete
6. Position of the 'altar stone'
7. Midsummer sunrise
8. Sequence shown by construction
9. Sequence shown by measures
10. Objects found
11. Summary of evidences on pre-Roman age
12. Summary of evidences on post-Roman age
13. Summary of evidences on the use
14. Concluding remarks
Part II. Tumuli Wiltunenses: Introduction
Index of the barrows.
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