Solving Stonehenge : The New Key to an Ancient Enigma Hardback
by A.E. Johnson
Using his own long experience as a professional archaeological surveyor and after five years patient computer-reanalysis of the earthwork and stone circle, Anthony Johnson reveals in this brilliantly argued detective story how he solved the key mystery of Stonehenge.
Locked within the symmetry of the stones are precise formulae which determine their numbers, spacing and relationships.
As a result of this revelation, the whole rationale behind Stonehenge and other major prehistoric sites can be reassessed.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 288 pages, 150 illustrations, 45 in colour
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
- Publication Date: 19/05/2008
- Category: Archaeology by period / region
- ISBN: 9780500051559
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Review by DirtPriest
Even considering the grand and eye-catching title, this is probably the clearest and simplest book on Stonehenge I have read. After several chapters of historical archaeology on the site over about 400 years, Johnson presents a simple and elegant geometric solution showing how Stonehenge was plotted out using nothing more than a piece of rope and a peg. Using some simple circle, square and hexagon geometry, the design becomes quite clear. I've always been amazed at what you can do with a compass and straightedge, and this theory doesn't even use a ruler, either for an edge or for measurement. However there are absolutely no claims made about the people who built it or why it was built or what it was for. Well, actually there are a few speculations but they are clearly noted as such. For people who think that the ancients were just club carrying dolts, many of the oldest known human artifacts are decorated with geometric designs, and there are several bones and stone markers that clearly track the 29 1/2 day lunar cycle, so maybe only some of our ancestors were complete cavemen. Wait, that might apply to people today. I should stop before I get into trouble.