We stopped in at Avebury on our way up to Wales, to visit this huge stone circle site. It was a beautiful day, and we walked around the complete circle, which is huge, compared to Stone Henge. I have included some history here, to give the place some context.
It was built and altered over many centuries from about 2850 BC until around 2200 BC and is one of the largest, and undoubtedly the most complex, of Britain’s surviving Neolithic henge monuments.
A main road, dissects the circle, which detracts from the aura of the place, but the stone, which are still standing, are huge.
The impression gained is of a landscape being shaped for rituals that involved inclusion, exclusion and procession.
If this is correct, then the various monuments may have been built as public ‘theatres’ for rites and ceremonies that gave physical expression to the community’s ideas of world order; the place of the people within that order; the relationship between the people and their gods; and the nature and transmission of authority (whether spiritual or political).
The length of time over which the Great Henge and its two avenues were built is so long that it suggests the community’s relationship with its environment may gradually have altered – and that changing rituals may have been the driving force for the building of new monuments and for their eventual abandonment around 1800 BC.
A reconstruction painting of how Avebury might have looked in the Neolithic period
© English Heritage
Josh and I walking around the perimetre of the stone circle.
The stones were really old to touch, despite a hot day, and hours of sunshine before we arrived.
Smaller stones have disappeared, most likely used in building houses around the henge, in the last 1000 or so years, since the abandonment of rituals and importance of the place. Only the huge unmovable ones remain.
Maya feeling the vibe, with Glenn.
Josh and I taking the scenic route around the perimetre, the ditch in the left side of the picture used to be 9 or so metres deep. The mound where we are walking is piled up from the excavations of the ditch.
We were intrigued by the types that visit stone henges….we watched these people really get into the energy of the place!!! Not sure that it felt as powerful as Stone Henge, as being diseected by busy roads and the roar of trucks and deisel fumes made it a bit of a vibe deflater really!!!
The massive bank and ditch enclose an area of 28.5 acres (11.5 ha).
The shape formed by the ditch is sub-circular and is divided by causewayed entrances into four unequal arcs. The bank is now some 14–18 feet (4.2–5.4 metres) high but was once nearly 55 feet (17 metres) above what was originally a 30-foot (9-metre) deep ditch.
The bank of stark white chalk must have been a spectacular sight. It is as irregular as the ditch in shape and appears to have been built by different work gangs. Where the bank ended at an entrance, timber revetments appear to have been used to keep the bank in place.
Together with the stones, the Great Henge at Avebury took many hundreds of thousands of hours to complete. It was one of the most labour-intensive Neolithic monuments in Britain along with Stonehenge and Silbury Hill.
In line with what I know about the energy of stone circles, animals tend to congregate around areas of high energy, and this was certainly the case at Avebury. The large rocks all had animal rub marks around the bases, from hundreds of years of livestock lying next to them.
This sheep is feeding twin lambs in the cover of the rock, and if you are really into voodoo, the rainbow light refraction coming from the base of the rock would have to mean something very spiritual. I didn’t realize the rainbow was there until I was editing this photo. I will talk to Patrick McManaway about it to get his opinion. He is a native Englishmand, and he will know the history and energetic relevance of Avebury no doubt.
These sheep were al congregated around the biggest rocks in the circle.
Hundreds of years of rub marks demonstrate that hundreds of generations of sheep have been getting up lose and personal with these monuments!!