Stone Age Farmers Beside the Sea: Scotland's Prehistoric Village of Skara Brae

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1997 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 48 pages
This description of the Stone Age settlement preserved in the sand dunes of Scotland's Orkney Islands includes how it was discovered and what it reveals about life in prehistoric times. "A fascinating look at Tone of Europe's oldest known and best preserved prehistoric villages.'. . . . Accompanied by the clear, informative, full-color photos, Arnold's narrative deftly recounts the design of the stone houses, how they were built, the daily life of the farming inhabitants, how this prehistoric period of Orkney history ends, and why Skara Brae remains of lasting significance." -- Kirkus Reviews

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A fascinating look at ``one of Europe's oldest known and best preserved prehistoric villages,'' inhabited from 3100 to 2500 b.c., in northern Scotland's Orkney Islands. Arnold (Stories in Stone, 1996 ... Read full review


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Caroline Arnold always loved books, but as a child she never thought of writing as a career. Born in Pittsburgh, she grew up in Minneapolis and studied art at Grinnell College and the University of Iowa. "It was only after my children were born that I became acquainted with children's books and it occurred to me that I could use my training to become a children's book illustrator. I soon realized that I needed a text to go with the pictures, and the more I wrote, the more I realized that I liked writing as much as or more than drawing. I've always been fascinated by the natural world and love to go to the parks and museums. Perhaps that is why so many of my books are about scientific topics." Arnold is now the award-winning author of more than 100 books for children. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, a neuroscientist, and teaches writing at UCLA Extension. For more information visit

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