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view of part of the 400m diameter earth ring and ditch surrounding
some of the standing stones with Avebury village in the background.
from 4,800 years ago, the Avebury stones form the largest stone circle in Europe and possibly
in the world. There is a 400m diameter earth ring and deep ditch,
originally encompassing 600 huge stones in three circles and
two avenues. Many missing stones were retrieved and re-erected
by Alexander Keiller in the 20's and 30's, while others were
replaced by markers.
Begun by a Neolithic farming community Avebury was probably
completed by the Beaker Folk, so called because they left drinking
beakers in the graves of their dead.
aerial drawing of Avebury village, courtesy of English Heritage.
World Heritage Site is 24 miles(40kms) north of Stonehenge,
and close to Silbury Hill,
West Kennet Long Barrow and several White Horses.
genuine old thatched pub is the perfect place for a preview
snack and a drink, a stroll among the stones, another drink,
a stagger, a stone-cold grope (yes, you can touch these stones), and so on. Next, Maiden Castle, Dorset.
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