The Story of Silbury Hill

The Story of Silbury Hill


By (author) Jim Leary, By (author) David Field, Foreword by Sir David Attenborough


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  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 18mm | 581g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Swindon
  • ISBN 10: 1848020465
  • ISBN 13: 9781848020467
  • Illustrations note: 100
  • Sales rank: 324,869

Product description

Written by two people with unrivalled information from the recent work and knowledge of Silbury Hill and combining scholarly research and readable narrative, this book sets out the archaeological story of Silbury: from an early recognition of its importance to antiquarian and archaeological investigations of the hill. The book describes each event, setting it within its own historical and political context; the story of the monument hanging off the enigmatic and eccentric characters of the time. The collapse on the summit in 2000, leading to the opening of the hill's famous tunnel in 2007 to much media fanfare, is covered. For the first time the results of the recent work are set out in detail, describing early activity on the site, the origins of the monument and the construction techniques used. Numerous new and vivid reconstruction drawings present a new interpretation of this iconic prehistoric monument. The book also describes how the monument was seen and used by later communities; from the Roman small town that grew up around the hill - the inhabitants quite literally living in its shadow; to medieval buildings on the summit. The final chapter discusses what Silbury means to people today: its power and spirituality for locals, visitors, New Agers and Druids alike.

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Author information

Jim Leary is an Archaeologist with English Heritage David Field is an Archaeological Investigator with English Heritage

Review quote

'The story of Silbury Hill is an evocative one and this book does it justice' 'Engagingly written and attractively illustrated with photos and reconstruction drawings' 'This is the best book on Silbury to date, incorportating the results of all the recent investigations. It manages wonderfully to bring out both why the Hill matters to archaeologists and why it matters to everyone else.'

Table of contents

1. The nature of time; 2. Kings, Druids and early investigations; 3. Into the twentieth century: Petrie, Atkinson and the BBC; 4. 'What do you mean there's a hole on top of Silbury?'; 5. Creating the mound; 6. Making sense of the mound; 7. Land, stones and the development of monunments; 8. From Small Town to Sele-burh; 9. The Timekeeper.