If Stones Could Speak

If Stones Could Speak

Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge

Book - 2010
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What are the secrets of the ancient stone circle? Were the carefully placed stones a burial site, an ancient calendar, a place of Druid worship...or even a site of sacrifice? World-renowned archaeologist Mike Parker-Pearson has spent the last seven years on a quest to answer these and many other questions. In If Stones Could Speak, award-winning author Marc Aronson joins the research crew and records their efforts to crack Stonehenge's secrets. National Geographic helped sponsor the Riverside archeological team's mission, and now young readers can journey behind the scenes to experience this groundbreaking story first-hand, through the eyes of the experts.

Mike and his team have revolutionized our understanding of Stonehenge by exploring the surrounding landscape for clues about the stones -- an idea first suggested by a visitor from Madagascar. The results have been breathtaking: The team recently unearthed the largest Neolithic village ever found in England. Marc Aronson had total access to the site, the team, and their work over two seasons of digging and brings the inspirational story of the discoveries taking place at this World Historical Site to young readers. The informative and drama-driven text includes tales of dead bodies, cremations, feasting, and ancient rituals, as well as insights into the science of uncovering the ancien t past.

The expert text, stunning photography, and explanatory maps and illustrations will all help young readers see this ancient monument in totally new ways, and inspire future generations of archaeological explorers.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, c2010
ISBN: 9781426305993
Branch Call Number: 936.2319 Aro 3567
Characteristics: 64 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps


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Over 4,500 years ago, people went to a lot of effort to move, shape, and position great stones to create the circle of stones that we know today as Stonehenge. Join author Marc Aronson as he explores the discoveries that archaeologist Mike Pearson is making about Stonehenge and the area around it. Illus. with photos.

Oct 23, 2012

Fascinating, but not sure young middle schoolers will be caught up in this topic unless it is connected to something else they find important.


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Oct 23, 2012

How was Stonehenge used and did the people who used it live nearby? Subsequent digs find the remains of small houses and other structures on the Salisbury Plain. Also a long-buried skeleton is found that brings more information and mystery to the site. Good maps and color photos.

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