Explore the secrets behind “Mystic Places”


This fun social studies site allows kids to explore the mysteries of three of the most mysterious and enigmatic places on earth—Stonehenge, Easter Island, and the Peruvian Nazca Lines. Each mystic place is examined in detail, and current theories as to why they exist are presented alongside expert evidence and debunked myths and theories. Students can learn about the Polynesian islanders who created 887 huge stones statues—or moai, as they’re called—on remote Easter Island around 1,500 years ago. They can also discover the secrets of England’s Stonehenge, once believed to be the site of ancient druid rituals, and now believed to have been built more than 4,000 years ago by Neolithic humans, before the invention of the wheel. Mystic Places also attempts to disseminate information about the Nazca lines of southwest Peru: huge, unexplained drawings in the earth (called geoglyphs) representing animals and geometric designs. This Discovery Channel site is well-designed, easy to navigate, and features some stunning photographs of the world’s most mysterious locations.

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