Hardback book with Dust Jacket by Gerald S. Hawkins in collaboration with John B. White
Copyright © 1965 by Gerald S. Hawkins and John B. White
" On Salisbury Plain in southern England stands an awesome arrangement of stones that has been the subject of countless studies, poems, and legends dating back beyond the days of King Arthur and his court.
What did this somber group of stones signify to its architects ?
Was it a city of the dead ?
A Druid altar of sacrifice ?
A temple to the sun ?
It took the 20th Century, an astronomer, and computer techniques to unravel the ancient mystery. "
" The dramatic decoding of the mystery began when astronomer Hawkins decided to investigate the reason for that particular, peculiar arrangement of stones and holes at Stonehenge.
He stood at each position and measured its various alignments.
He got up in the middle of the night to photograph the dramatic midsummer sunrise over the giant heel stone.
Back in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he fed the measurements he had taken and certain astronomical data into a huge computer and his original theories were confirmed.
The dramatic facts were:
- Each significant stone aligns with at least one other to point to some extreme position of the sun or moon.
- The mysterious aubrey holes were probably used as an eclipse predictor.
All the evidence indicated that Stonehenge was a sophisticated and brilliantly conceived astronomical observatory, used by three different groups of people around a 400 year period beginning around 1900 B.C. "
" As Dr. Hawkins recreates his dramatic discovery he tells of the mythology that has grown up around Stonehenge and of the remarkable techniques that were employed to bring the stones across 100 miles of sea and land to their site of construction.
Anyone who has seen a picture of the fabulous structure will be enthralled by this captivating account of one of the most significant archeological and astronomical discoveries of our time. "
List of Illustrations
List of Plates
Chapter 1. The Legends
Chapter 2. The People
Chapter 3. History
Chapter 4. The Method
Chapter 5. Others
Chapter 6. First Thoughts
Chapter 7. The Machine
Chapter 8. The Response
Chapter 9. Eclipses
Chapter 10. The Numbers Game
Chapter 11. Last Thoughts
Appendix A. Stonehenge Decoded
Appendix B. Stonehenge: A Neolithic Computer
Appendix C. Callanish, A Scottish Stonehenge
It is in pretty good condition, but the dust jacket is worn with some wear and tear plus yellowing on the inside.
The previous owner's name is written on the first page.
There are a few aging spots on some pages.
No torn or ripped pages.