Barnatt's early work in this book bears no resemblance to his views on YouTube, as Archaeologist for the Peak District National Park. He now says Thom's approach was over-stated, that stone circles offer "too many targets" (a la Jaquetta Hawkes), ancient astronomy was more sensory than exact, and Clive Ruggles and Aubrey Burl (his post-Thom position) had the right approach. However, like many early works, Some Circles of the Peaks indicates a promise which others can take forward towards understanding megalithic science.
This is a guide book with a difference to one of the most popular tourist areas in Britain. It was the first detailed study of a group of stone circles within a single region and provides a significant new understanding of the relationship between the rings, their builders and the landscape.
Stone circles are amongst the most intriguing and enigmatic relics of our distant past. This book reflects the latest thinking on the original purposes of megalithic circles and considers their astronomical and geometrical functions in the light of recent research.
As well as detailed assessments of megalithic geometry, measurement and astronomical knowledge, STONE CIRCLES OF THE PEAK contains seven itineraries, with accompanying maps and plans, and an in-depth analysis of thirty-six circles. John Barnatt's conclusions will illuminate any visit to the Peak District, but they also show how prehistoric man everywhere combined scientific objectivity with magic and religion in the search for natural harmony.
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