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4 5 Contents Introduction 1 The Centre of the Isle 6 Around Avebury 8 Stones from the Ice Age 10 The Beckhampton pot 12 Aubreys Avebury 14 A mighty temple 16 The South Circle 18 The south entrance 20 The Obelisk 22 The North Circle 24 The Cove 26 The geometry of Avebury 28 The heavenly sciences 30 Aveburys corners 32 The Avenue 34 The Sanctuary 36 The Serpents Head 38 Glimpses of another avenue 40 Silbury Hill 42 Stukeleys geometry 44 Hidden currents 46 West Kennet 48 Pans Den 50 Mysterious mounds 52 More mysteries 54 The function of Avebury 56 Dedicated to the kind curators of the Alexander Keiller museum. Images have mainly been taken from William Stukeleys book Abury, a Temple of the British Druids, 1743, and from Ancient Wiltshire by Sir Richard Colt Hoare, 1819. The cover illustration is from Rude Stone Monuments by James Fergusson, 1872. Many thanks to the Local Studies Unit, Wiltshire Library in Trowbridge for their help with the picture research for this book, and particular thanks too to Caius Hawkins.
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