Before he became familiar to many more of us as the presenter of the TV series Meet the Ancestors , Julian Richards directed the Stonehenge Environs Project which aims to promote a better understanding of Stonehenge's prehistoric landscape. This stunning book comprises an anthology of photographs, which recall 150 years of day trippers, royal picnickers, custodians, archaeologists, politicians (notably Churchill), romantics, experimental archaeologists, African warriors, druids, hippies, protestors and hooligans who have all been drawn to Britain's most famous monument. Almost as interesting as the people are the photographs of the modes of transport that brought them to the stones which were then unceremoniously parked among the stones, including steam engines, caravans, horses and the very first cars. The photos demonstrate above all the sheer contrast in visitor numbers between 1853 and the present day. Throughout, the photographs are accompanied by a fascinating narrative in which Julian Richards the events that have shaped Stonehenge over the last 150 years and the reasons for its continuing hold over the human imagination.
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