If Stones Could Speak: Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge

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National Geographic Books, 2010 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 64 pages
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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.

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User Review  - gradschool14 - LibraryThing

A fascinating story of how one archaeologist made his way around the world and changed history through his work at Stonehenge. This book is full of information told in an interesting and engaging way. The pictures are lovely and the drawings realistic to the times. Read full review

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User Review  - huertaen - LibraryThing

This book was an intellectual stimulating read. I wouldn't classify it as a children's book but more of a middle school to early high school book. It was quite long and very thorough. This book is an ... Read full review



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Mike Parker-Pearson is a Professor of Archaeology and internationally renowned archaeologist who is currently directing the historic dig at Stonehenge World Heritage Site. He lives in Sheffield, England.

Marc Aronson is an award-winning author and editor. He lives in Maplewood, NJ.

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