Avebury (Wiltshire)
Avebury , Wiltshire
Avebury stone circles

About

Avebury is a neolithic henge monument surrounding the village of Avebury in Wiltshire. One of the most famous prehistoric sites in Britain, Avebury constitutes the largest megalithic stone circle anywhere in the world. The site comprises a large henge (a bank and a ditch) with a large outer stone circle and two smaller stone circles situated in its centre. Avebury is a popular tourist attraction, and is also a site of religious importance to contemporary pagans.

 

Literary heritage

A possible fictionalised version of Avebury, known as ‘Wansbury Ring’ features in Mary Rayner's 1975 novel The Witch-Finder

In popular culture

Children of the Stones, a 1977 children's television drama serial, was filmed at Avebury and takes place in a fictionalized version of Avebury called "Milbury".

 

Further information

The village of Avebury was constructed during the Early Middle Ages, long after the site had been abandoned by its original community. During this time, some of the stones were moved, both for religious and practical reasons. Antiquarians John Aubrey and William Stukeley took an interest in Avebury during the 17th century, and made detailed records of the site before it was purchased and preserved by Alexander Keiller in the 1920s and 30s.

 

Interesting fact

Avebury continues to be a site of archaeological interest and in 2017, archaeologists from the Universities of Leicester and Southampton discovered a new monument within the stone formation.

 

For Visitors

You can find more information about visiting Avebury at the following links:

https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/avebury/

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury/features/avebury-stone-circles-and-henge

https://www.visitwiltshire.co.uk/things-to-do/avebury-stone-circle-and-avebury-manor-and-garden-p134483