An account of the prehistoric stone circles at Avebury, which not only date from an earlier era but are also larger than the more famous sarsen stone circle of Stonehenge. Written by an archaeologist, the text considers aspects of Avebury's history and construction and discusses the probable purpose of these massive structures, in the process seeking to create a vivid and moving picture of their creators - a primitive people whose lives were brief, savage and fearful.
Aubrey Burl was formerly principal lecturer in archaeology, Hull College of Higher Education, East Riding of Yorkshire. He is also the author of Great Stone Circles: Fables, Fictions, Facts (0 300 07689 4, [pound]22.50*), Stone Circles of Britain, Ireland and Brittany (0 300 08347 5, [pound]40.00*), Guide to the Stone Circles of Britain, Ireland and Brittany (0 300 06331 8, pb. [pound]10.95*) and From Carnac to Callanish: The Prehistoric Stone Rows and Avenues of Britain, Ireland, and Brittany (0 300 05575 7, [pound]40.00*), all published by Yale University Press.