The New Key to an Ancient Enigma
 by Anthony Johnson:
THAMES & HUDSON ISBN 978-0-500-05155-9
     61/2" x 91/2" · 135 illustrations, 35 in colour · 288 pages ·  

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Norman Hammond, The Times, May 2008  

 " Simple geometry within the monument itself, rather than external sightlines and astronomical orientations beyond that of the solstitial sunrise and sunset, is the key..." Read

David Keys, The Independent,  May 2008  

 " The discovery has immense implications for understanding the monument -
and the people who built it " Read

Michael White, The Guardian, May 2008   

 " The evidence points to rope and geometry - the kind of string theory we can all understand  Read


Oxbow Books review,  June 2008

" Echoing much earlier approaches Johnson focuses his attention on the placement of the stones themselves, but offers quite new conclusions. Using documentation and results from the last 250 years of surveying at stonehenge he shows that the stones were laid out to a premeditated design, and that the symmetry and geometry involved were extremely complex, so much so that it must have been geometrical considerations which played the leading role in the design of the structure. A fascinating and well argued work, which is bound to re-ignite old debates and start new ones."     Read

Professor Ronald Hutton,  The Times Literary Supplement,  June 2008

" There is in fact only one unequivocal alignment built into Stonehenge, and it is one also found in other contemporary monuments in the vicinity, such as Durrington Walls: between the midsummer sunrise and the midwinter sunset. The former event has attracted thousands of revellers to the site for over a century; the effect of the latter, once probably more impressive, was ruined long ago by the collapse of the Great Trilithon. This is all fully appreciated by Anthony Johnson "  Read


Nick Saunders, in  New Scientist,  June 2008

 " Solving Stonehenge is innovative and engaging, and refreshingly free from the lunacies of the past "   Read

Current Archaeology - Britains  leading archaeological magazine, July 2008

" ...his analysis demonstrates that you don't need cosmological explanations for the layout of the monument "    Requires subscription to read full text


History Today, July 2008

"The story of Stonehenge is contained in more than the visible structure. A host of buried details reflect its protracted use and modification, from the simple earth-and-timber structure built shortly after 3000 bc, to the enigmatic ‘Y and Z Holes’ created well over a thousand years later. Any interpretations that ignore the inconvenient, or the hidden features below the turf, compel archaeologists and the majority of Stonehenge theorists to part company."  Read

Johnathon James (Richard And Judy Bookclub), October 2008

" the builders of Stonehenge were a lot cleverer than we thought! I wonder what else the plan applies to? a seriously great book, I would recommend it to all"  Link

Mark Merrony, in Minerva the internationally acclaimed magazine of art and archaeology, November 2008

" ...Solving Stonehenge represents a quantum leap forward into the temporal mists of the Prehistoric mind."    Read (PDF)

Professor Alasdair Whittle, in American Scientist December 2008

"... many others also now regard with considerable caution the claims made by Alexander Thom and Gerald Hawkins in the 1950s and 1960s. Instead, Johnson redraws our attention ... to the laying out of Stonehenge."   Read 

 ..Professor E.J. Kealey, College of the Holy Cross
 (for the American Libray Association - Choice Review)

''This is a wonderful book--the most attractive, readable, sensible, and most comprehensive exploration of Stonehenge available. Happily, it rises above the arcane astronomical theories so fashionable in recent years, emphasizing what can be truly seen on the ground, not on what some claim to see in the sky...''   Read 

the Clandon Barrow Lozenge
Above: the Clandon Barrow Gold Lozenge:

" We have real and tangible evidence...and  we have  unfounded belief  and opinion,  the evidence is actually far more interesting ..."




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