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Avebury

34 35 stones. Tall pillarlike stones male were chosen to face wider diamond or cloverleaf shaped ones female. Research shows that people used to walk the outside of the Avenue. Like much of Avebury the Avenue was restored in the late 1930s by Alexander Keiller. Stone row are quite rare in the British Isles and the most extensive in the world are at Carnac in France. The nearest to Avebury can be found at Stanton Drew stone circles, near Bristol. Merrivale in Dartmoor has lovely stone rows too. The Stone Avenue at Avebury is very fine. It connected the stone circles with the Sanctuary. Archaeologists believe the Avenue was built about four and a half thousand years ago, after the circles, then the ditch and the bank had been finished. Finally, when they had finished the Avenue, the builders replaced the hut at the Sanctuary with stone circles. The Avebury Avenue had about one hundred pairs of facing The Avenue a serpent of stone
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