Stonehenge (Digging for the Past Series)

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Who built Stonehenge, and why is it one of the great mysteries of the prehistoric world? Here, Caroline Malone and Nancy Stone Bernard explore the myths, legends, and lies that have surrounded the ancient megaliths since the 12th century, when people believed that the sorcerer Merlin magically transported the stones to England. Readers learn why the druid myth still persists, how the structure was possibly constructed, and why the site was abandoned centuries after it was built. Including numerous sidebars, ...
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Overview


Who built Stonehenge, and why is it one of the great mysteries of the prehistoric world? Here, Caroline Malone and Nancy Stone Bernard explore the myths, legends, and lies that have surrounded the ancient megaliths since the 12th century, when people believed that the sorcerer Merlin magically transported the stones to England. Readers learn why the druid myth still persists, how the structure was possibly constructed, and why the site was abandoned centuries after it was built. Including numerous sidebars, photographs, and diagrams on the archaeological history of the site and an engaging interview with archaeologist Caroline Malone, Stonehenge captures the imagination and curiosity of every budding archaeologist.
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"Each title in the new Digging for the Past series brings young readers up close to the field of archaeology....Offers plenty of facts for reports." -- Booklist

"Includes chapters on moving the stones, the people involved, and the theories. Photos, maps, diagrams, and a useful list of defined terms and related sites enhance the clearly written text." -- Dig!

School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Beginning with two small orientation maps that assume readers know that the monument is in England, Bernard and Malone start off with a lengthy chapter relating the myths and misconceptions about this mysterious circle of stones. Youngsters who have no context for understanding this information will find it confusing and disjointed. The authors promise to answer questions about why, how, and when Stonehenge was built, but they fail to offer many concrete answers. Six pages are devoted to sidebar discussions of scientific dating, megaliths, aerial discoveries, and an interview with Malone that adds little to understanding Stonehenge. The full-color illustrations, diagrams, and photographs are often small and it is sometimes unclear what viewers are supposed to see. The glossary is helpful but the further readings are almost entirely adult titles. There are few books available on the subject for this audience, but libraries may want to wait for a livelier, clearer presentation to add to their collections.-Jeanette Larson, Texas State Library, Austin Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780195143140
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Series: Digging for the Past Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Archeological Institute of America

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