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Avebury

16 17 Although over three hundred years old and embellished with certain degree of romantic invention, William Stukeleys famous 1743 engraving of the Avebury complex shows many of the key places in the Avebury landscape which can still be explored without too much difficulty today see pages 45. The Stone Circles and the southeasterly Avenue remain, and so does the enigmatic manmade mountain of Silbury Hill, Englands very own Great Pyramid. The impressive and partially restored West Kennet Longbarrow is well worth a visit, and walkers can still explore the neolithic Ridgeway track which runs along Hackpen Hill in the far right of the picture down to the Sanctuary at the end of the Avenue. The Avebury complex was interpreted by William Stukeley as a Serpent Temple with the Sanctuary as the serpents head. Archaeologists only recently found the westward avenue as they uncovered longlost previously hidden stoneholes. After living on Windmill Hill just to the north of Avebury for a few thousand years, the people here then built Silbury Hill, about five thousand years ago, then the circles, the earthworks and finally the avenue. Some of them went south, dragging the massive sarsen stones from Fyfield Down and Lockeridge, the huge trilithon uprights which still stand at Stonehenge today. A mIghTy Temple William Stukeleys wonderful vision
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