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Old Feb 25, 2013, 12:17 AM   #1
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I took these a few years back now. In my Black and white period.....

The house was our [email protected] inside the circle in the village.

The first stones were part of the 'avenue'

Then the next 3 shots were part of the circle.

One of our fav, places to visit.
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Beautiful! And brings back memories - thanks a lot, Ken. Avebury isn't nearly as well known internationally as Stonehenge but in many ways is more intriguing. As I recall (this was back in the late 1980's) not much was known about why the stones were erected.

Got photos of Warwick Castle?

I was in England representing the US in the exchange of research information on solar energy. We didn't have time to do a lot of sightseeing but did get a few things in. Oh, and we did start in London.

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This is what it is thought to have looked like. Pretty impressive for a monument built 5,600 years ago. (From Wikipedia.) The diameter is about 420 meters (460 yards), far larger than any other similar neolithic structure in Britain. You can see from the sheep in Ken's last photo that they are large stones - the largest are some 13 feet tall.
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Unlike Stonehenge one can enjoy walks among the stone circle there. It's about half mile diameter with a protective ditch around. Just digging the ditch with stone age tools or palmed deer antlers must have been an effort.
There's a village, yes complete with pub in the center...and museum.

In the 1600's? (about) the good old christians decided that they were for devil worship so they decided to break up the stones. They managed a couple, I mean some are 20 ton, and gave up. Great place with a great atmosphere to spend some time.

Aerial shot of the area.


The "Avenue that comes off bottom left of the circle leads towards the river and (Hand built) Silbury Hill.


There are quite a few burial mounds around the area.
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Thanks for this informative postings. I was not familiar with this area. Very interesting.
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Thanks Steven. It doesn't get the tour busses or crowds but there a great "feel" and quiet to the place. Nice walks among the stones and up the avenue.
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Fantastic place, thank you for the info guys..!!

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Ken,

I'm gonna have to pay a visit to Averbury and check out some of the other standing stones.... not sure if you guys get TmeTeam on cable stateside but if you do and haven;t watched it, check it out!

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Ken,

I'm gonna have to pay a visit to Averbury and check out some of the other standing stones.... not sure if you guys get TmeTeam on cable stateside but if you do and haven;t watched it, check it out!

Cheers

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You'd like Avebury Harj, I believe you'd get some excelent shots. Take a couple of days because it covers a lot of area. B&B in that house was great but not cheap. Better for photos than Stonehenge were you're herded onto paths and can't get to touch the stones and that's after you pay to get in. In my para days we'd picnic among the stones out on the plain.
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You'd like Avebury Harj, I believe you'd get some excelent shots. Take a couple of days because it covers a lot of area. B&B in that house was great but not cheap. Better for photos than Stonehenge were you're herded onto paths and can't get to touch the stones and that's after you pay to get in. In my para days we'd picnic among the stones out on the plain.
Do you still jump? Couldn't you steer a parafoil to land inside the fence? I'm not being entirely facetious - like you I was really disappointed that I couldn't get inside to experience the circle the way the builders intended.
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