An insight into ancient sites
Featuring over 1,000 sites including many hundreds not listed elsewhere, the new book The Old Stones:A Field Guide to the Megalithic Sites of Britain and Ireland by Andy Burnham could give GTOs some inspiring ideas of places to include on a trip.Britain’s standing stones are world renowned for their enduring mystery. While everybody knows about Stonehenge (with 1.38 million visitors in 2016 alone), there are many other sites across these islands, equally as fascinating but much less well known, that await popular discovery – including standing stones hidden in housing estates. From the stones with breathtaking sea views at Loch Seaforth in Harris, to the spectacular spiky ring cairn of Bryn Cader Faner in Gwynedd, and the incredible sundial shaped stone at Gardom’s Edge in Derbyshire, Britain has many sites and stones that tell the stories of our ancient land.
The book includes a detailed field guide to the sites with maps and over 500 colour photographs. It also contains insights from experts about their history and explores the significance of the sites to the Neolithic and Bronze Age people who originally created them, showing how they align with celestial bodies or horizon landmarks.
It will appeal to anyone interested in history, archaeology, travel, the countryside, delving into the past.
Available from September The Old Stones is published by Watkins Publishing and the recommended retail price is £29.99. You can read more about it on the Megalithic Portal.megalithic.co.uk