The Story of Silbury Hill
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        Publication Date

        31 Oct 2010


        Written by experts with unrivalled information and knowledge of Silbury Hill, and combining scholarly research and readable narrative, this book sets out the archaeological story of Silbury. Discussing the early recognition of its importance, antiquarian and modern archaeological investigations of the hill and what Silbury means to people today.

        Main Summary

          The Story of Silbury Hill sets out the archaeological story of Silbury: from an early recognition of its importance to antiquarian and archaeological investigations of the hill.

          For the first time, the results of the recent work are set out in detail, describing early activity on the site, the origins of the monument and the construction techniques used.  Numerous new and vivid reconstruction drawings present a unique interpretation of this iconic prehistoric monument.  The authors propose a new theory of the construction and thus a new way of interpreting Neolithic monuments.

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          Jim Leary
          David Field

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            1. The nature of time
            2. Kings, Druids and early investigations
            3. Into the twentieth century: Petrie, Atkinson and the BBC
            4. 'What do you mean there's a hole on top of Silbury?'
            5. Creating the mound
            6. Making sense of the mound
            7. Land, stones and the development of monuments
            8. From Small Town to Sele-burh
            9. The Timekeeper


              'The story of Silbury Hill is an evocative one and this book does it justice'
              'Engagingly written and attractively illustrated with photos and reconstruction drawings'
              'This is the best book on Silbury to date, incorportating the results of all the recent investigations. It manages wonderfully to bring out both why the Hill matters to archaeologists and why it matters to everyone else.'