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John Hill

Dr John Hill is an experimental archaeologist who investigates the architectural designs of British Neolithic structures - domestic and ritual monuments.  He uses his experimental methods to determine how the Neolithic communities could have constructed complex architecture using both rudimentary methods and materials (methods and materials which he believes were available to these communities).

He gained a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Liverpool in England, where he has been a tutor in Archaeology for the Continuing Education Faculty for over a decade.

Dr Hill has written and published two books about Prehistoric Architecture; Design your own Stonehenge using the Occam’s Razor Solution and The Recumbent Stone Circles of Aberdeenshire: Archaeology, Design, Astronomy and Methods, the latter which is now available from Cambridge Scholars Publications:

You can make contact with Dr Hill at

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Majestic sunrise at Castlerigg Stone Circle in the Lake District, one of many sites located on ley lines. Source: Danoz/Adobe Stock

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Darvill’s Stonehenge solar calendar theory is fascinating and the author of this article put it to the test!		Source: Author provided

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How megalithic builders in the UK probably designed stone structures using experimental archaeology.		Source: Author provided

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In this 17th-century depiction of Stonehenge from the Atlas van Loon one wonders where the Scotsman Stonehenge architect of Dr John Hill’s convincing theory is working and on what. 	Source: Blaeu, J / Public domain

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Dunnideer Hill in Scotland. Source: Scott K Marshall / Adobe Stock

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Stonehenge and surrounding earthworks.

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The Neolithic Builder of the Aberdeenshire Recumbent Stone Circles

The Neolithic Builder of the Aberdeenshire Recumbent Stone Circles

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