The aim of this book is to provide an authoritative guide designed to be accessible both to any interested reader.
It is a little essay of 62 pages, well written and comprehensive to the prehistoric archaeology of Sicily. The book is divided into three parts:
The first chapter deals with the origin of these huge stone monuments that, according to the Australian archaeologist V. Gordon Childe, were erected by mythical megalithic missionaries, members of some early Aegean tribes, of the eastern Mediterranean. The principal characteristics of the dolmens (menhir, cromlech) of Britain and England are then described, going on to ponder Mediterranean dolmens (Spain, Balearic Island, Sardinia, Apulia). The chapter ends with the discovery of dolmens in Sicily.
The second chapter is about Sicilian dolmens: Monte Bubbonia, Cava dei Servi, Cava Lazzaro, Avola; every dolmen is different from another, but they all exist in a European typology. In Cava dei Servi the author found anthropological remains that confirm the burial purpose of the artefact, while the few earthenware fragments legitimise dating them back to the early Bronze Age.
The third chapter ends with some conclusions, and new hypothesis, that would clarify the disappearance of a big Maltese civilization that had lived between 4000 B.C. and 2200 BC: the Tarxien Culture.
From a didactical point of view, the book is very well structured and the reader is optimally served.
Ancient stones is a book that should be reading for all sicilian archaeology lovers, and that should be one of the travel guide to Sicily.