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Avebury circle. From Prehistory to the Middle Ages

Avebury circle. From Prehistory to the Middle Ages


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In the English town of Avebury we will find a circle of stones that has more than 5,000 years. It is located in the English county of Wiltshire, very close to the city of the same name. Like the Stonehenge megalithic complex, Avebury is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, as it is one of the largest Neolithic monuments in Europe, being older than even Stonehenge.

The Avebury monument is made up of several circles of stones. The outer circle has a diameter of 335 meters. It was originally composed of 98 stones, some of them weighing more than 40 tons. The height of the stones ranges from 3.6 to 4.2 meters.

The carbon tests have been dated in the years 2800 to 2400 BC. According to the studies carried out, the huge monoliths were oriented by their creators coinciding with the axis of the solstices and the equinoxes, and it could be a great astronomical observatory.

Next to this monument there are two other circles of stones that are separated from each other. There is a circle to the north that measures 98 meters in diameter, but only a couple of the stones that formed it remain. In the center there is a cave made with three stones, whose entrance points to the northwest.

The circle to the south of the main monument is 108 meters in diameter, but is practically destroyed. Many of the stones that made it up are now among the buildings of the town. In fact, many of the original stones were destroyed in the 16th century to provide construction material and to facilitate the cultivation of the land.

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