|Secrets of Stonehenge
Educative Value: 7/10
We recommend this film.
|Release date: 2010||Reviewer: Ms. Fox||Length: 53 minutes|
|Age appropriateness: The PBS/Nova documentary "Secrets of Stonehenge" is safe for all ages. Its content is most appropriate for students in grades seven and up who are studying World History or European History.|
Creators and stars: WGBH Educational
Foundation, PBS, Nova, Alice Robinson, Andrew Young, Anna Evans-Freke,
Bruce Bradley, Christie Cox, Howard Swartz, Jay O. Sanders, John
Lord, Kate Becker, Laurie Calahane, Leonard Feinstein, Lisa
Mirowitz, Melanie Wallace, Mike Coles, Mike Parker Pearson, Mike
Pitts, Pamela Rosenstein, Paula S. Apsell, Ramilisonina, Stephen
Sweigart, Valerie Lord, Will Lord
Accuracy: This film has the excellent quality expected from the "Nova" series, with leading experts offering the latest research.
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|Review: "Secrets of
Stonehenge" is an excellent video to share with students
learning about people during the late Neolithic era in Europe.
The mystery of Stonehenge, located on England's Salisbury Plain,
is fascinating for young and old. This video highlights
the latest research that seeks to unlock Stonehenge's mystery.
From an educative standpoint, PBS/Nova's "Secrets of Stonehenge" illustrates both experimental and field archaeology in practice. Students get to see that archaeologists are scientists, following the scientific method of starting with a hypothesis, testing that hypothesis, etc., as well as remaining objective and open to the possibility of new ideas.
Vocabulary terms and questions for this video are provided below.
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|Vocabulary terms and names: archaeologist, Aubrey Holes, Britain, circular, engineering, excavate, experiment, fieldwork, henge, hypothesis, lintel, monument, Neolithic, observations, pillar, post holes, prehistory, research, River Avon, Salisbury Plain, sarsen, Stone Age, stones, summer solstice, theory, timber, tools, trench|
|Review and discussion questions: (1) Most of the cremated remains found buried at Stonehenge are of what sex? (2) Describe Andrew Young's ball bearing hypothesis. (3) How is Stonehenge's alignment related to the summer solstice? (4) Describe what the excavation team found along the riverbank. (5) Locate the following on a map: England, Salisbury Plain, Stonehenge. (6) Compare and contrast field archaeology and experimental archaeology. (7) How do you suppose that prehistoric peoples moved heavy stones over large distances? Explain your answer.|
|"Secrets of Stonehenge" Video/DVD Review Publication Date for Citation Purposes: July 2, 2012|