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Prof. Mike Parker-Pearson -- Stonehenge: new discoveries

1 May, 2013

5-7, Monday May 27 2013
Old Geology Lecture Theatre
Edgeworth David Building A11
Science Road
University of Sydney

 Stonehenge is one of the world's best known but most enigmatic monuments. Many theories have been proposed about its purpose, to do with lost civilizations, ancient druids, prehistoric astronomers, ancient Egyptians and even extra-terrestrials. Since 2003 archaeologists have carried out a major investigation - the Stonehenge Riverside Project - to find out more about this mysterious stone circle. Among their discoveries are a large settlement near Stonehenge, thought to be the builders' camp, a new stone circle 'Bluestonehenge', and the remains of people buried at Stonehenge. Recent scientific developments are now revealing new insights into the lives of the people themselves, many of whom travelled long distances from across Britain. Some of the megalithic stones were also brought long distances, from over a hundred miles away in Wales, and the study of where they came from is also shedding new light on the purpose of this remarkable structure.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Professor Parker-Pearson’s visit and talk is sponsored by the Tom Austen Brown Endowment, University of Sydney.

Mike Parker-Pearson is Professor of British Later Prehistory at the Institute of Archaeology, University College, London. He has a doctorate from the University of Cambridge, is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries London and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Prof. Parker-Pearson was named 2010 UK Archaeologist of the Year, and his is Director of the Stonehenge Riverside Project which was the 2010 UK Archaeological Research Project of the Year and which won the 2009 Royal Society of Northern Antiquaries Award. He has published extensively on the British Bronze Age and on the interpretation of Stonehenge, including books such as The Archaeology of Death and Burial (1999 Stroud: Sutton), Bronze Age Britain (2005 London: Batsford) and If Stones Could Speak: unlocking the secrets of Stonehenge (2010 Washington DC: National Geographic Society, with M. Aaronson). His latest book is the best-selling Stonehenge: Exploring the Greatest Stone Age Mystery (2012 London & New York: Simon & Schuster).

In preparation for his lecture you might like to visit his Meograph on Rewriting Stonehenge's history: http://www.meograph.com/ucl

 

Contact:Professor Peter Hiscock
Phone: 61 2 9351 2862
Email:peter.hiscock@sydney.edu.au