Book Review – The Old Stones: A Field Guide to the Megalithic Sites of Britain and Ireland by the Megalithic Portal, Edited by Andy Burnham

Book Review
The Old Stones
A Field Guide to the Megalithic Sites
of Britain and Ireland
by the Megalithic Portal
Edited by Andy Burnham

Who can look at a circle of stones, standing stones, without feeling a sense of awe and amazement, without wondering who made this, why is it here?

Megalithic Portal is an independent website run by prehistoric site enthusiasts. This book was collaboratively put together from people across the globe. For more information, please visit their website.

This is a good sized book, limited to stones within Britain and Ireland. It is chock-full of articles, photos, maps, appropriate quotes.

I love that it describes the different types of standing stones from circles, to dolmen to chambered tombs and beyond.

The chapters are broken down by location, West of England, South, North, Midlands and East, as well as Wales, Scotland and Ireland, covering over 1,000 sites. Each individual site includes a photo and pertinent information.

For Outlander fans, it does include “Craigh Na Dun”, which I was saddened to hear is completely fictional, but is listed as the site of the circle used in filming.

I cannot begin to describe the amount of information included in this book, or the amount of work and love that has gone into it. Thumbing through the pages, looking at the beauty of these stones brings a sense of belong and connection, at least for me.

If one has an interest in Neolithic rock and stone formations within the United Kingdom, this is the book you have been waiting for.

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About the Author:

Susan Morgaine is a Daughter of the Goddess, Witch, Writer, Teacher, Healer, and Yogini. She is a monthly columnist with PaganPages.org Her writings can be found in The Girl God Anthologies, “Whatever Works: Feminists of Faith Speak” and “Jesus, Mohammed and the Goddess”, as well as Mago Publications “She Rises, Volume 2, and “Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess”. She has also been published in Jareeda and SageWoman magazines. She is a Certified Women’s Empowerment Coach/Facilitator through She is the author of “My Name is Isis”, one in the series of the “My Name Is………” children’s books published by The Girl God Publications. A Woman International, founded by Patricia Lynn Reilly. She has long been involved in Goddess Spirituality and Feminism, teaching classes and workshops, including Priestessing Red Tents within MA and RI. She is entering her 20th year teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, being a Certified instructor through the Kundalini Research Institute, as well as being a Reiki Master. She is a member of the Sisterhood of Avalon. She can be found at https://mysticalshores.wordpress.com/ and her email is [email protected]

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