If Stones Could Speak by Marc Aronson
Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge (Orbis Pictus Honor for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (Awards))

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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.
 

About Marc Aronson

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Marc Aronson is an award-winning author and editor. He lives in Maplewood, NJ.
 
Published March 9, 2010 by National Geographic Children's Books. 64 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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In 2005, Mike Parker Pearson and the Riverside Project team made a series of astonishing discoveries that changed the way the world looked at Stonehenge yet again.

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Illustrated with full-color photos, this informative and perceptive book focuses on the Riverside Project’s archeological expedition to Stonehenge. Aronson, who visited the team on the dig, provides a

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Aronson, who visited the team on the dig, provides a fresh first-person perspective as he explains that while Stonehenge has traditionally been viewed as an ancient temple, a team member proposes that it might have been more like a graveyard, used “to usher, to welcome, the honored dead into th...

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Like last year's "Written in Bone," Marc Aronson's new book presents archaeology not as an ancient, dusty endeavor but as a vibrant, down-in-the-dirt scientific pursuit -- groundbreaking in both senses.

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