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22 23 At the centre of the South Circle a huge stone known as the Obelisk once used to tower over all the others at Avebury. It is shown fallen in Stukeleys picture. The twentynine stones of the South Circle originally surrounded the Obelisk. These were set at precisely the same average spacing as the outer circle, one every 36 feet, a considerable feat of surveying which shows the builders knew how to manipulate pi. Twentynine plus the central one makes thirty, the same number of stones as the huge sarsen circle at Stonehenge, and, as we shall see, the number of stones in the North Circle too. The South Circle was 340 feet across. Near to the Obelisk, whose position is nowadays given by a curious crossshaped concrete marker, stand a row of small stones. These are very peculiar and noone has really explained them yet. They do, however, serve as an excellent shield from the road should you wish to sit quietly in the middle of this ancient place. Perhaps the Obelisk was sister to the Grand Menhir Bris in Brittany, once the tallest prehistoric monolith in Europe. One purpose of the Grand Menhir seems to have been its use as a long range foresight for highly accurate observations of the Moon. Was the Obelisk perhaps used in the same way The obelIsk at the centre of the south circle The fallen Obelisk at the centre of the South Circle as recorded by William Stukeley. When standing, it would have been the largest stone at Avebury, visible from the top of Silbury Hill.
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