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Avebury

The Avebury Stone Circles and Henge are part of the UNESCO World Heritage: Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites. The Avebury Stone Circles and Henge are located around the village of Avebury in Wiltshire, Great Britain. The Avebury Stone Circles and Henge are about 5000 years old. Avebury is one of the largest megalithic sites in Europe. Avebury consists of two inner stone circles and a larger outer stone circle, surrounded by a ditch and a bank. The Outer Circle of Avebury is the largest known stone circle in the world, even larger than Stonehenge. Only 27 stones of the Outer Circle of Avebury have survived. The Swindon Stone is the largest stone of the Avebury Stone Circles. All the stones of Avebury are natural blocks of sarsen stone. The West Kennet Avenue connects the Avebury Stone Circles and Henge and the Sanctuary on Overton Hill. The village of Avebury is surrounded by the Avebury Stone Circles and Henge. Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites, including Silbury Hill and the West Kennet Avenue, were declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1986. World Heritage Art: Stone Circle

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Avebury - Avebury Stone Circles and Henge: The earthworks of Avebury consists of a circular ditch, the soil and chalk rubble dug out of the ditch were...

Avebury Stone Circles and Henge: The earthworks of Avebury consists of a circular ditch,

the soil and chalk rubble dug out of the ditch were piled up to make the bank on its outer

side. Inside the bank and ditch are a large outer stone circle and two smaller inner stone

circles. Many of the stones of Avebury are very large, the largest weighing over 40 tons. 

  1. Avebury - Avebury Stone Circles and Henge: The earthworks of Avebury consists of a circular ditch, the soil and chalk rubble dug out of the ditch were...

    Avebury Stone Circles and Henge: The earthworks of Avebury consists of a circular ditch,

    the soil and chalk rubble dug out of the ditch were piled up to make the bank on its outer

    side. Inside the bank and ditch are a large outer stone circle and two smaller inner stone

    circles. Many of the stones of Avebury are very large, the largest weighing over 40 tons. 

  2. Avebury - The megalithic monument Avebury was constructed around 2600 BC, it consists of two inner stone circles and one larger outer stone...

    The megalithic monument Avebury was constructed around 2600 BC, it consists of two inner

    stone circles and one larger outer stone circle, surrounded by a ditch and bank. In 2017, an

    unique square megalithic monument has been discovered within the stone circles of Avebury.

    Avebury is part of the UNESCO World Heritage: Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites.

  3. Avebury - Avebury Stone Circles and Henge: Part of the earthwork bank and the Outer Stone Circle of Avebury. There are four entrances through...

    Avebury Stone Circles and Henge: Part of the earthwork bank and the Outer Stone Circle

    of Avebury. There are four entrances through the Avebury earthwork, where the modern

    roads now runs. Three of these are known to be the original entrances, the fourth is on the

    east side and is probably an original entrance as well.

  4. Avebury - Avebury Stone Circles and Henge: Just within the ditch are the remains of the Outer Circle of Avebury. All the stones of Avebury are...

    Avebury Stone Circles and Henge: Just within the ditch are the remains of the Outer Circle

    of Avebury. All the stones of Avebury are natural blocks of sarsen stone, they have not been

    dressed to shape. It seems likely that the builders deliberately selected the stones for their

    shape, a tall pillar with vertical sides and a broad diamond standing on one corner.

  5. Avebury - Avebury Stone Circles and Henge: The Swindon Stone is the heaviest stone at Avebury. Pairs of large stones were placed flanking the...

    Avebury Stone Circles and Henge: The Swindon Stone is the heaviest stone at Avebury.

    Pairs of large stones were placed flanking the entrances into the henge and the Avebury

    Stone Circles. Two of them survive at the southern entrance, the huge Swindon Stone by

    the side of the Swindon road is the survivor of a pair of stones at the northern entrance.

  6. Avebury - Avebury Stone Circles and Henge: One of the stones of the Inner Stone Circle of Avebury. The Central Circle of Avebury was about 98...

    Avebury Stone Circles and Henge: One of the stones of the Inner Stone Circle of Avebury.

    The Central Circle of Avebury was about 98 metres in diameter and contained thirty stones,

    only four have survived. At the centre of the Central Circle was the so-called Cove, three 

    huge standing stones. Nowadays, only two of them are standing.

  7. Avebury - Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites: Avebury consists of two inner stone circles   and a larger outer stone circle, surrounded...

    Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites: Avebury consists of two inner stone circles  

    and a larger outer stone circle, surrounded by a ditch and an earthwork bank, the henge.

    Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites, such as West Kennet Avenue, were inscribed

    on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1986.

  8. Avebury - The Avebury Stone Circles and Henge are about 5000 years old and one of the largest  megalithic sites in Europe. The great Outer...

    The Avebury Stone Circles and Henge are about 5000 years old and one of the largest 

    megalithic sites in Europe. The great Outer Stone Circle of Avebury is the largest known

    stone circle in the world. The Outer Circle consisted of about hundred standing stones

    originally. Within the Avebury Outer Circle are the remains of several settings of stones.

  9. Avebury - Avebury Stone Circles and Henge: A part of the great Outer Stone circle and the ditch. Only  twenty-seven stones of the Avebury Outer...

    Avebury Stone Circles and Henge: A part of the great Outer Stone circle and the ditch. Only 

    twenty-seven stones of the Avebury Outer Circle have survived, the positions of the missing

    stones are marked with small concrete pillars. Between the great Outer Circle and the ditch,

    the excavators found the stump of a solitary stone, the so-called Ring Stone.

  10. Avebury - Avebury Stone Circles and Henge: The Outer Circle of Avebury is the largest known stone  circle in the world. The village of...

    Avebury Stone Circles and Henge: The Outer Circle of Avebury is the largest known stone 

    circle in the world. The village of Avebury is surrounded by the Avebury Stone Circles and

    the henge, the earthworks consisting of an inner ditch and the outer banks. The  village of

    Avebury is situated in Wiltshire, in southwest England.

  11. Avebury - Avebury Stone Circles and Henge: The South Circle was slightly larger than the Central Circle of Avebury. The South Circle of Avebury...

    Avebury Stone Circles and Henge: The South Circle was slightly larger than the Central

    Circle of Avebury. The South Circle of Avebury contained thirty-two stones, only five of

    these have survived, the positions of the others are marked with concrete pillars. At the

    centre of the South Circle was a huge upright stone.

  12. Avebury - The West Kennet Avenue leads from the southern entrance of Avebury Stone Circles and Henge to the Sanctuary on Overton Hill. The...

    The West Kennet Avenue leads from the southern entrance of Avebury Stone Circles and

    Henge to the Sanctuary on Overton Hill. The Beckhampton Avenue started at the western

    entrance. The Avebury Stone Circles and Henge are located around the village of Avebury.

    Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites were declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1986.