Avebury World Heritage Site


Stone circle, Avebury, Wiltshire

Work on the major earthworks at Avebury (about 12 miles south of Swindon, Wiltshire) began in about 3,400 BC. The standing sarsen stones were added later (98 of them in a complex series of circles and avenues). They constitute one of the most significant Neolithic henge/earthwork sites in Europe, and are much more accessible than Stonehenge to the south, in that visitors may walk among them – a very moving experience, although you may have to share the site with a flock of sheep!
Close by are Silbury Hill – the largest manmade earthwork in Europe, and West Kennet Longbarrow. All in all, a must for those interested in prehistory, and the village of Avebury with its historic Manor and museum rounds things out nicely
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