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  Avebury - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Avebury is the site of an enormous henge and stone circles in the English county of Wiltshire, surrounding a village of the same name.
He was able to demonstrate that the Avebury builders had dug down 11 m into the natural chalk in excavating the henge ditch, producing an outer bank 9 m high around the whole perimeter of the henge and using red deer antler as their primary digging tool.
Avebury is seen as a spiritual centre by many who profess alternative religions such as Paganism, Wicca, Druidry and Heathenry, and indeed for some it is regarded more highly than Stonehenge.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Avebury   (1511 words)

 AVEBURY - LoveToKnow Article on AVEBURY   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
In 1900 he was raised to the peerage, under the title of Baron Avebury, and he continued to play a leading part in public life, not only by the weight of his authority on many subjects, but by the readiness with which he lent his support to movements for the public benefit.
AVEBURY, a village in the Devizes parliamentary division of Wiltshire, England, on the river Kennet, 8 m.
In consequence of the war with France in the reign of Edward III., this manor was annexed by the crown, and was conferred on the newly founded college of New College, Oxford, together with all the possessions, spiritual and temporal, of the priory.
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 Avebury - Silbury Hill
How Avebury got its name: The story goes that while returning from a day's hunting one winter's evening in 1648, John Aubrey, on passing through the village of Avebury, recognized in the earthworks and standing stones around him an ancient temple, which he attributed to the Druids.
Avebury is ninety miles west of London and twenty miles north of Stonehenge.
Avebury stone circles are thought to have been constructed in neolithic times between 2500 to 2000 BC.
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 MSN Encarta - Search Results - Avebury
Avebury, small prehistoric village in Wiltshire county in southern England.
Avebury is contained within part of one of the largest Neolithic...
Lubbock, John, 1st Baron Avebury (1834-1913), English banker, author, and scientist who became an important early figure in the scientific study of...
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 Tourist Attractions
Avebury is in Wessex, 40 km (24 miles) north of Stonehenge in central-southern England on the chalk-land of Wiltshire (at National Grid Reference SU 101700).
Avebury's first stones were being assembled from about 2800 BCE, and all the stone circles, stone avenues and earthworks went up during the ensuing 5 centuries.
Begun in the agricultural Neolithic Age, Avebury was completed in the Early Bronze Age by a community (the so-called Beaker Folk) noted for setting drinking vessels (beakers) in the graves with their dead.
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 Encyclopedia: Avebury   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
It lies entirely within the Avebury Circle, which is a Neolithic circle of upright stones that is larger and older than nearby Stonehenge.
Avebury also houses the museum of one of the pioneers of photography, William Fox Talbot.
Drawing upon legends and folklore, archaeological excavations and dowsing, these specialists have determined that the Avebury temple was part of a vast network of neolithic sacred sites arranged along a nearly two-hundred mile line stretching all across southern England.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Avebury   (517 words)

 Avebury World Heritage Site Management Plan
The boundary of the Avebury WHS encloses an area of 22.5 square kilometres around the six key prehistoric monuments in the care of the state (in “Guardianship”) which form the basis of the WHS designation.
The rest of the WHS is in multiple ownership and is an intensely farmed landscape with a thriving local village at the core of the area.
Gain recognition for Avebury as a very special place for which special treatment should be given by government departments, agencies, landowners and visitors in order to safeguard the historic environmental assets of the WHS and their setting for the benefit of succeeding generations.
www.eng-h.gov.uk /archcom/projects/summarys/html98_9/2257aveb.htm   (2049 words)

 John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury, (April 30, 1834–May 28, 1913), English banker, politician, naturalist and archaeologist was born the son of Sir John William Lubbock, Bart.
In 1890 he was appointed a privy councillor; and was chairman of the committee of design on the new coinage in 1891.
In January 1900 he was raised to the peerage, under the title of Baron Avebury.
www.wikipedia.org /wiki/Sir_John_Lubbock   (427 words)

 M E g A L i T h i A - Avebury   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Without these men, our knowledge of Avebury would be much poorer than it is. John Aubrey, whose careful fieldwork recorded much of the plan of the stones before the destruction of much of the site by Victorian farmers.
West Kennet Avenue - leading away from the Avebury circle-henge to a lovely concentric circle of stones, the Sanctuary which was tragically destroyed in the 18th century.
Sketch of Avebury - the blue area is the sunken ditch, and the yellow area is the raised bank.
www.anima.demon.co.uk /avebury   (427 words)

 Wiltshire County Council - Wiltshire Community History Get Population/Census Information
Avebury village, with its satellite, Avebury Truslow, controlled one of the three tithings into which the medieval parish was divided; the others belonged to the hamlets of Beckhampton and West Kennet.
Medieval Avebury was nevertheless dominated by its monastic owners, and it has been suggested that their influence lay behind a spate of megalith-burying during the early 14th century.
One aspect of Avebury’s evolution remains to be considered, and this is the colonization by the village of the area west of the meadows.
www.wiltshire.gov.uk /community/getconcise.php?id=11   (5018 words)

 Avebury - Stone Circles and Henge - Ancient Sites Directory   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Overlooking the village of Avebury and the stone circle to the north west is the Windmill Hill encampment (complete with round later barrows).
Excavations conducted in the summers of 1999 and 2000 at Avebury have revealed megaliths from a second avenue which leads from the circle in a westerly direction towards Beckhampton.
Stonehenge, Avebury, Mayburgh and Arbor Low are all examples of henges which contain (or contained) stone circles.
www.henge.org.uk /wiltshire/avebury.html   (923 words)

 EARTH MYSTERIES: Avebury   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Located in the midst of a rich prehistoric landscape, the village lies a few miles away from the Ridgeway and in close proximity to Silbury Hill, the Sanctuary, the West Kennet Long Barrow, and the long barrows of East Kennet and Beckhampton.
The story goes that while returning from a day's hunting one winter's evening in 1648, John Aubrey, on passing through the village of Avebury, recognized in the earthworks and standing stones around him an ancient temple, which he attributed to the Druids.
In the early 18th century, William Stukeley visited the site on several occasions and witnessed, to his great distress, the destruction of numerous stones by farmers intent on clearing the land for fields.
witcombe.sbc.edu /earthmysteries/EMAvebury.html   (409 words)

 BBC - Wiltshire - Moonraking
Avebury stone circle, which dates from 2800 BC onwards, is designated a World Heritage Site and managed by The National Trust.
Avebury is 25 miles north of Stonehenge and is surrounded by several other important prehistoric sites.
Avebury was used as a religious site for over a thousand years - almost the same length of time as our current Norman churches.
www.bbc.co.uk /wiltshire/moonraking/landscape_avebury.shtml   (566 words)

 Avebury Henge and Stone Circle
Walking along the West Kennet Avenue towards the Avebury is the best way to approach the stone circle.
The Sanctuary is located on Overton Hill to the SE of Avebury and predates the great circle although only marker stones remain here as the site was completely destroyed in the 18th century.
About a mile and a half west of Avebury beside the A4 to Calne lies Knoll Down, a section of ancient earthworks with a fantastic canopy of trees.
freespace.virgin.net /ancient.ways/avebury.htm   (1023 words)

 Avebury and the Dark Star
Avebury is a quite remarkable megalithic monument set in the Wiltshire countryside.
In connection with this thought, I note that the first settlers in the Avebury area, specifically at Windmill Hill, are traced to 3700BC (2), which is approximately the time of the Anu's return to Earth, highlighted as 3760BC by Zecharia Sitchin (3).
So it is conceivable that the people who settled in the Avebury area and began to plan the stone circles there had witnessed a most remarkable celestial phenomenon; the return of the Dark Star, the Sun's binary companion.
www.darkstar1.co.uk /avebury.html   (1157 words)

 Aulis Online — Different Thinking
Avebury circle, for its part, is 'the mightiest in size and grandeur of all stone circles', of a 'magnificent complexity' and measuring a quarter of a mile across.  Today a village nestles comfortably within its circumference.  One writer comments that if Stonehenge is thought of as a church, then Avebury is a cathedral. 
Avebury circle consists principally of an outermost earth rampart, with an inner ditch whence the earth for the rampart was dug.
Causewayed enclosures predate the stone circles and were in place at Stonehenge and Avebury before the stones were erected.
www.aulis.com /mars.htm   (1056 words)

 Avebury --  Britannica Concise Encyclopedia - The online encyclopedia you can trust!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Many of Avebury's stones were toppled and buried in Anglo-Saxon times, when the Christian church urged destruction of pagan symbols.
Avebury and Stonehenge were collectively designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986.
Avebury was named for the village that occupies part of...
www.britannica.com /ebc/article-9011406   (978 words)

 Avebury: The Cathedral - 9 July 2002
When comparing Avebury to Stonehenge he said that Avebury exceeded Stonehenge in greatness the way a cathedral does a parish church.
When you start on the path around the stone circle in Avebury, this is what you see: stones in orderly procession, a leaden sky and lots of sheep.
Avebury was built in Neolithic times, between 3710 BCE and 2000 BCE.
www.mjausson.com /2002/wiltshireJul02.htm   (611 words)

 Magic Avebury: Prehistoric monuments and their spiritual significance   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Avebury is a village South of London where some of the most important Neolithic sites in Europe are located.
It is interesting to note that young children actually had sufficient status in the society of ancient Avebury to qualify for burial in the tomb (Malone 1989, 76).
In the case of the Neolithic monuments around Avebury there are basically three different users: visitors, archaeologists and neo-pagans.
www.prevos.net /essays/avebury.htm   (1829 words)

 Stone ring of Avebury   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
In the early years of the 18th century, however, the general outline of the Avebury temple was still visible.
Stukeley was the first observer in historical times to clearly recognize that the original ground plan of Avebury was a representation of the body of a serpent passing through a circle and thus forming a traditional alchemical symbol.
The length of time for the main continuity of use of the Avebury complex throughout the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age was, according to present dating studies, around 2300 years.
www.sacredsites.com /europe/england/avebury.html   (1015 words)

 Images of the Avebury Stone Circles, Wiltshire, England. Digital Imaging Project: Art historical images of European and ...
The Avebury Stone Circle is at the center of a number of prehistoric ceremonial sites, burial mounds, and processional avenues, including West Kennet Avenue, Silbury Hill, West Kennet Long Barrow, and Windmill Hill.
The Avebury Circle is one of the largest henges in Britain.
The depth of the ditch was originally 21-30 feet (7-10 M) and the height of the bank was 18 feet (6.7 M) so that originally the total height could have been about 50 feet, from the base of the ditch to the bank crest(11).
www.bluffton.edu /~sullivanm/avebury/avebury.html   (481 words)

 North County Times - North San Diego and Southwest Riverside County News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
AVEBURY, England -- Avebury may not be as convenient, famous or spectacular as Stonehenge, and you may never have heard of it.
Avebury's stone circle dates to around 2600 B.C. Experts are still trying to determine its exact age, purpose and builder.
Avebury's henge -- a circular area with a bank and ditch -- originally contained almost 100 large, unshaped stones, some weighing more than 40 tons and twice as big as any at Stonehenge.
www.nctimes.com /articles/2005/09/18/special_reports/travel/19_07_099_17_05.txt   (762 words)

 Stonehenge.co.uk - Your guide to Stonehenge
The strong sexual symbolism, in evidence in the way the triangular and columnar stones were paired together, in conjunction with the elaborate funeral celebrations, show us that the cycle of birth, life and death was very important in Neolithic times.
It was the descendants of the Windmill Hill people who created the complex at Avebury, their ancestors having created the long barrow at West Kennet.
Avebury is a magical place, Michael and Mary, a pair of ley lines that run from Land's end to Bury St Edmunds, kiss near the stones in the southern part of the circle.
www.stonehenge.co.uk /avebury.htm   (1204 words)

 Avebury Wiltshire - In Pictures
Not immediately as impressive as Stonehenge, Avebury is a much larger site yet with a more intimate feel to it.
If you come into Avebury by road from the south this sharp left bend and clump of trees marks the gap in the outerbank.
Avebury just wouldn't be the same without its sheep.
www.yourguide.org.uk /avebury   (544 words)

 Stones of England - Avebury stone circles and earthworks
Avebury is the largest stone circle in the world: it is 427m (1401ft) in diameter covers an area of some 28 acres (11.5 ha).
Although not so immediately impressive as Stonehenge, it is an extraordinary site formed by a huge circular bank (a mile round), a massive ditch now only a half its original depth, and a great ring of 98 sarsen slabs enclosing two smaller circles of 30 stones each and other settings and arrangements of stones.
South of Avebury are two other interesting sites: West Kennet Long Barrow and Silbury Hill.
www.stonepages.com /england/avebury.html   (486 words)

 Southampton Archaeology - Research - Avebury
Excavations to the west of Avebury, Wiltshire, have led to the discovery of the remains of a second megalithic avenue leading from the famous henge monument, and an unusual earthwork enclosure of probable middle Neolithic date.
The method of stone burial is identical to that observed at Avebury, with stones being toppled into carefully cut burial pits matching the size and shape of the sarsens with precision, and "the whole levelled so that no trace remained of the operation" (Smith 1965, 177).
Jope, E.M. The Saxon and Medieval Pottery from Alexander Keiller’s Excavations at Avebury.
www.arch.soton.ac.uk /Research/Avebury/Longstones99/Interim   (4838 words)

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