If Stones Could Speak: Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge

If Stones Could Speak: Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge

Marc Aronson / Jun 27, 2019

If Stones Could Speak Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge What are the secrets of the ancient stone circle Were the carefully placed stones a burial site an ancient calendar a place of Druid worshipor even a site of sacrifice World renowned archaeologist M

  • Title: If Stones Could Speak: Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge
  • Author: Marc Aronson
  • ISBN: 9781426306006
  • Page: 233
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What are the secrets of the ancient stone circle Were the carefully placed stones a burial site, an ancient calendar, a place of Druid worshipor 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 tWhat are the secrets of the ancient stone circle Were the carefully placed stones a burial site, an ancient calendar, a place of Druid worshipor 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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    1. This book was about an archaeologist, Mike Parker Pearson, who changed the way scientists looked at Stonehenge. For centuries, Stonehenge was thought to be a temple for the druids. Mike Parker Pearson brought a colleague, Ramilisonina, who theorized that the stones at Stonehenge were put up for ancestors because people use stone when they want something to last. They theorized that Stonehenge was built to welcome dead into a permanent home.This book was interesting for me because my son is plann [...]


    2. If Stones Could Speak follows archeologist Mike Parker Pearson in his studies to uncover the mysteries surrounding Stonehenge. The book gives a brief background of the myths and mysteries surrounding Stonehenge as well as some facts scientists have been able to determine about it. Then Aronson introduces the early archeological career of Pearson and how his archeological studies in Madagascar ended up connecting him to Stonehenge. It was Pearson’s work with his Madagascan colleague Ramilisonin [...]


    3. Twin Text: Forecast from Stonehenge by R.A. Montgomery, copyright 2007.Rationale: I paired these together because of their topics and similar reading levels. The non-fiction book tells of the many explanations through the years for Stonehenge. It states that because Stonehenge was built before written history we may never know its true purpose. However many theories throughout the years have been presented. Because the fiction book is a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book it also gives a myster [...]


    4. I am very interested in Stonehenge so I was really looking forward to this book. Unfortunately, I found it to be confusing. I don't think kids will follow.



    5. Literature Requirement: **Nonfiction #6 (My choice!)**Going into reading this book, I had little to no prior information about Stonehenge. I know what it looks like, or at least a part of the Stonehenge region that is discussed in this book. I appreciated the very visual nature of this book, and the fact that there was plenty of information to read and internalize. There are theories that are discussed, discoveries that are highlighted, and there’s even a bit of science incorporated (carbon da [...]


    6. This title is not just an examination of recent breakthroughs at Stonehenge, but rather an essay on the process of archaeology & a hopeful reminder to future archaeologists that all the great sites are not yet dug or fully understood. In 2005, the Riverside Project, led by Mike Parker Pearson, made several significant discoveries that placed Stonehenge within a much larger Neolithic complex. Pearson began with a hypothesis, suggested by a retired archaeologist from Madagascar, that, as in Ma [...]


    7. What happens when one person's insight leads an archaeologist to see an ancient place like Stonehenge in a brand new way?Spurred by the insights of an archaeologist named Ramilisonina from Madagascar, British archaeologist Mike Parker Pearson began searching the area around Stonehenge. This book is short and full of full-color photographs that show the ways in which the Riverside Project Team have excavated new sites that give insight into the ancient mysteries of Stonehenge.The book reminded me [...]


    8. Archeologist, Mike Parker Pearson and the Riverside Project become involved in trying to understand what Stonehenge was used for in the past. This is the very reason Mike wanted to become an Archeologist-not because of Stonehenge, but to dig up relics from the past and to make sense of them.With the dream of always wanting to study Stonehenge, Mike thought he never would. This dream did not become a reality until he traveled to Madagascar and met a man by the name of Ramilisonina. When given the [...]


    9. WARD, Margaret-If Stones Could Speak Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge by Marc Aronson(Grade Level 5 and Up) Stonehenge, a circle of huge upright stones near Salisbury, England, has forever been a mystery. There have been many theories as to how and why these stones were arranged as they were. Various famous people have given their predictions about the secrets of Stonehenge. This book tells about some old theories as well as a new theory given by Mike Parker Pearson, an archaeologist from Eng [...]


    10. this was really fascinating juvenile nonfiction detailing some of the newest theories on the purpose of Stonehenge. The research group that the author follows has discovered a connection between Stonehenge and other ancient sites close by. Their conclusion is that it was a burial place, and that just as we do today in cemeteries, stones mark a spot for the dead. Stonehenge may have been a place of honor for the dead ancestors, pretty much negating the whole idea of it as a Druid worship site. Th [...]


    11. If Stone Could Speak: Unlocking the Secrets of StonehengeThis nonfiction book tells Mike Pearson a man that was part of the Riverside Project at the Stonehenge site. Mike, an archaeologist story is in this book and how he began studying Stonehenge. It tells how far away scientists believe the stones came from and that without writing they will probably never know how they got there. The different theories about the stones are also talked about in this book.The Day the Stones WalkedThis is a stor [...]


    12. This National Geographic text on the on-going discoveries at Stonehenge is an interesting combination of historical sketchings, old and newer photographs,maps and diagrams. It follows the work of Mike Parker Pearson and his Riverside Project, which aims to look at Stonehenge with "new eyes". This new look was inspired by a fellow retired archaeologist from Madagascar, who suggested that stone was always for the dead and wooden structures for the living. When you read this book, you get a sense f [...]


    13. The theories about Stonehenge have changed over time, and Aronson tells the story of Mike Parker Pearson, an archaeologist who came up with a new theory about what the site was used for in Neolithic times. His work with the Riverside Project has changed the dates when Stonehenge was built, and led to discoveries of a larger site. Pearson's theory is that Stonehenge is one end of a ceremonial complex -- the stone parts being for honoring the dead, and another wooden structure that would be used b [...]


    14. Recent news of discoveries made by using ground-penetrating radar makes older texts about Stonehenge inaccurate. Until the most recent findings are understood, new theories are formed about the people who lived in that area, and a children's book is written about all of these, libraries need a replacement for the books that need discarding. This is that replacement. Photos, drawings, and a map show the nearby Durrington Walls, Woodhenge, Bluestonehenge, the Cursus, and the roads from Stonehenge [...]


    15. One feels a bit silly reading a book targeted at younger readers, but at their best such books are approachable, quick to read synopsizes of their topic. Such is the case with this book. Aronson delivers a very readable, engaging piece on what we now understand about Stonehenge and more importantly about the area surround the famous monument. For those unaware the past 8 years have seen a revolution in our understanding of Stonehenge and its place in the landscape of sites that surround it. Aron [...]


    16. For ages mankind has wondered WTF? why are these stones (now known to come from Preseli Mountains over 150 miles away) doing? who built Stonehenge, what was it for,it is magic based, pagen based? and how did the massive tonage of stones get there? this book answeres only a few of the many questions people have been asking for ages.First the author has done years of research at Stonehenge and in 2010 found that there were actually people buried there. So were these massive stones grave stones?it [...]


    17. This story chronicles the history and meaning of Stonehenge through the story of archeologist Mike Parker Person. Through many years of trial and error Mike and his team make amazing discoveries and eventually learn that Stonehenge is actually just one place on a map which included places for a feast, celebrate, and potentially celebrate the dead. There are still many unanswered questions about Stonehenge, but these discoveries have helped to shed light on one of the great mysteries in this worl [...]


    18. A remarkable read for anyone interested in Stonehenge, archaeology or asking questions about history. As Einstein said, "the important thing is to not stop questioning." We would be wrong to assume that archeologists have learned all there is to know about Stonehenge. Archaeologist Mike Parker Pearson and the Riverside Project team continue to ask questions, form theories, secure funding and permissions for digs and what they discover is astonishing. Marvelously researched, this book contains mu [...]


    19. This book about Stonehenge is actually about facts that have been gathered, analyzed and reanalyzed. It asks you to open your mind and see the site through the eyes of different culture. It explores retired archaeologist, Ramilisonina's view that stones are used to mark the dead, where wood marks the living and that the function of some sites are over-thought. Also, it encourages the reader to keep reading, watching, and listening for a new perspective. Detailed color photographs, but would have [...]


    20. I learned a lot about Stonehenge from this book. It explores the theory that Stonehenge was a burial ground while the nearby, less famous, areas were places for ritual celebrations and feasts. The book follows archaeologist Mike Parker Pearson and his team as they excavate the sites and put some of the pieces together. The steps the team takes to date the artifacts found at the sites is explained as well as how they come to their conclusions about Stonehenge. The author insists that the reader u [...]


    21. A really fascinating look at Stonehenge. It focuses on the idea of challenging old ideas. The archeologist featured in the book made recent new discoveries about Stonehenge and changed a long-held view about the site. The author gives kids a glimpse of how research is done, along with informing them about the site itself. The book is just long enough, with great pictures. However, it could have been clearer in some places, and I was hoping to see more detailed pictures of how archeologists imagi [...]


    22. Quote from the book: "This book is about questioning what others believe to be true, not accepting ideas just because famous people say they are right. I think knowledge is more like a wave than a switch. Only very rarely do we go from being totally wrong to totally right-as a light turns off and on. Instead, what we learned before allows us to move on to what we can see next. We can surf ahead, but there will always be another challenge, another crest, another next step. We must always keep thi [...]


    23. The mystery of Stonehenge is fascinating, and so was the content of this book. I loved how the author made the point that the reader should not only question other sources of information, but should also question this one. The writing style was targeted for a little younger than I was expecting, and yet the narrative itself was a touch confusing. The author was trying to tell the story of Stonehenge, the story of the various people and teams investigating Stonehenge, and his own story all at the [...]


    24. This is a book about questioning what others believe to be true, not accepting ideas just because famous people say they are right. I think knowledge is more like a wave than a switch. Only very rarely do we go from being totally wrong to totally right-- as a light turns on and off. Instead, what we learned before allows us to move on to what we can see next. We can surf ahead, but there will always be another challenge, another crest, another next step. We must always keep thinking and asking n [...]


    25. This is a great overview into new insights formed from the work currently going on at Stonehenge. I find it all fascinating. I loved the end that said the work done all over the world gives insight into the findings here. I feel that strongly as I travel. From an ancient temple on a tiny island in Lake Titicaca Peru to the great Pyramids of Giza, I have made mental connections myself which were even more apparent to me as I read this book. I want to go back to Stonehenge and also visit Woodhenge [...]


    26. National Geographic put together a beautiful non-fiction picture book with author Marc Aronson following a group of archeologists researching the mysteries surrounding the interesting rock formation known as Stonehenge. The archeologists discover many interesting things such as an ancient village and many artifacts in the area surrounding Stonehenge to help offer clues about the purpose for the unique placement of the giant stones. The book is presented in a very beautiful and organized way that [...]


    27. If Stones Could Speak is a 2011 Orbis Pictus Honor book about Stonehenge, a mysterious circle of stones near Salisbury, England. The author, Marc Aronson, joined a research group as they tried to unlock the secrets of Stonehenge. Many researchers and scientist have studied Stonehenge before and believed it is a place of worship however, with a new and fresh perspective from Ramilisonina, a retired archaeologist from Madagascar, Stonehenge has changed into something else.


    28. This was an interesting read about the possibilities of the reasons for its existence. The author makes a point of teaching children to go with their own reasoning, to trust their own instincts, and not to follow the crowd, even if "the crowd" is a bunch of experts. Sometimes it takes new eyes and unbiased opinions to help people start to find the real truth. Good lesson for life, not only for finding out the original purpose for this famous site.


    29. Interesting. I liked the way that Aronson emphasized how important it is to look at something in a new light in order to really understand it, rather than simply accepting the status quo. The photographs are great, and I appreciated how the pictures were more than just wonderful shots of the famous henge. Aronson's first-person narration can be a bit tedious at times, but otherwise the text is put together well.


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