The Stonehenge Landscape

BookThe Stonehenge Landscape

The Stonehenge Landscape

Analysing the Stonehenge World Heritage Site

English Heritage


July 1st, 2015





Stonehenge is arguably the greatest prehistoric monument in western Europe; as a World Heritage Site it ranks in significance with such sites as the Acropolis of Athens, the Pyramids of Giza, Great Zimbabwe and Machu Picchu. Stonehenge sits at the heart of a landscape rich in other monuments and remains of the Neolithic period and Bronze Age that are also part of the World Heritage Site.

Recent research by English Heritage’s landscape archaeologists within the Stonehenge World Heritage Site has led to the identification of previously unknown sites and, perhaps even more importantly, the re-interpretation of known sites, including Stonehenge itself. This work has been carried out alongside recent and on-going independent research initiatives conducted by a number of academic institutions, involving international co-operation.

This book presents the most significant findings of the English Heritage research and shows how it integrates with the results of work undertaken by colleagues in other research bodies. It traces human influence on the landscape from prehistoric times to the very recent past and presents an up-to-date synthesis of the results of recent fieldwork. It will be of value to anyone interested in Stonehenge itself, in megalithic monuments, in the Neolithic period and Bronze Age of Europe and in the historic evolution of chalkland landscapes.

... it is a significant new addition to scholarship. ... on-the-ground understanding shines from every page.

British Archaeology, September/October 2015

The challenge that the authors of 'The Stonehenge Landscape' faced was the need to treat all aspects of the archaeology and historic landscape equally and this they have done admirably ... an excellent study of a whole landscape ... extremely impressive.

Stephen Rippon

University of Exeter

Medieval Archaeology, Volume 60, 1, July 2016

... the laudable aim of this volume - successfully realised in a notably well illustrated and accessibly written text - is to present an up-to-date overview of current understanding.

Paul Stamper

Medieval Research Settlement Group, Vol 51, Nov 2016

... a volume of meticulous fieldwork, beautifully illustrated, documenting the physical evidence in the landscape of earthworks, aerial photography and geophysical survey. ... 'The Stonehenge Landscape' to be am admirable piece of work. Gorgeous photographs accompany the most beautiful, subtle maps that will retain their value for generations. ... If the illustrations are the glory of this book, the text and the up-to-date summary of Stonehenge and its surrounding monuments are admirably clear and succinct. If you are interested in Stonehenge this publication is a must-buy. If you are interested in the historic landscape, ditto. If you like beautiful books this one will grace your library.

David Miles

Minerva March/April 2017

Author Information

Mark Bowden is based in the English Heritage Archaeological Survey and Investigation team. Sharon Soutar is a Technical Survey and Graphics Officer at Historic England. Author, Downton. Martyn Barber is a Senior Investigator, Aerial Survey & Investigation at English Heritage. He is the author of Bronze and the Bronze Age (2003), and co-author of The Neolithic Flint Mines of England (1999) and The Creation of Monuments (2001).

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
1. Introduction
2. Early prehistory
3. Stonehenge in its landscape
4. Later prehistory
5. From the Iron Age to the medieval period
6. The landscape of ‘improvement’
7. Stonehenge in the 20th century
8. Review and prospect