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

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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.
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published March 17th 1997 by Clarion Books (first published 1997)
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I first read about Skara Brae years ago in Olivier Dunrea's picture book Skara Brae: the Story of a Prehistoric Village. Arnold's book expands upon Dunrea's. It fascinated me to think that people were living in this remote village in the Orkney Islands before the Egyptians built the pyramids! Also, looking at the photos of the interiors of their houses, I was amazed at how cleverly and efficiently they were built, given the materials and knowledge they had at the time. Someone really put some th ...more
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Caroline Arnold's book, Stone Age Farmers Beside the Sea, is a good complement to Olivier Dunrea's story of Skara Brae. Arnold writes for older children and illustrates with clear photographs. She also talks about the context for Skara Brae, including other Neolithic monuments nearby and the natural environment.

Writing in 1997, she updates the story of the possible end of habitation of the village. She mentions the theory of abandonment after the storm, but also puts forth a more modern theory t
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