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The prehistory of Avebury and environs

Many dozens of books and hundreds of articles have been written about the prehistory of Avebury. More and more is discovered, while at the same time people try to understand the evidence.

The prehistoric monuments, such as West Kennett long barrow (see photo above), Avebury henge and Silbury Hill (see photo on the home page), are mostly from the Neolithic (roughly 6,000 to 4,500 years ago). These monuments were not all constructed at the same time – the long barrows are early while Silbury Hill only came into existence right at the end of this era. Mesolithic tools have been found which are older; these are typically found in 'clusters' suggesting seasonal occupation sites. More recent than the Neolithic monuments and their associated finds are the Bronze Age burial mounds still visible on Windmill Hill and near the Ridegeway. These were built between 4,500 and about 2,800 years ago. Many more once existed but have since been ploughed away.

Interestingly there is very little evidence of the Iron Age (2,800 to nearly 2,000 years ago) apart from the defensive hill fort above Cherhill, over four miles to the west. Presumably the inhabitants of this area at the time deliberately avoided the henge. Did they think it was 'haunted' by the souls of the dead?

Articles about the prehistory of Avebury and environs

Altars not burial mounds

Henges – brands or performances

Henges – dead or alive

Simulacra photos

Sound in the prehistoric landscape


See also

Wikipedia entry for Avebury

The Avebury Monuments Teacher's Kit

Alexander Keiller Museum

Wiltshire Museum

Salisbury Museum

Steve Marshall's research

Acoustic Silbury

Acoustic investigations in and around Avebury

Palaeohydrology of the Kennet, Swallowhead Springs and the siting of Silbury Hill

Avebury archaeological research agenda

Between the Monuments Project

West Kennet Avenue Occupation Site

FragmeNTs blog

AVEBURY – BETWEEN THE MONUMENTS – EXCAVATION 2013

AVEBURY – BETWEEN THE MONUMENTS – EXCAVATION 2014

AVEBURY – BETWEEN THE MONUMENTS – EXCAVATION 2015


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Articles about the prehistory of Avebury and environs

Overview of prehistoric Avebury and environs

Altars not burial mounds

Henges – brands or performances

Henges – dead or alive

Simulacra photos

Sound in the prehistoric landscape


Avebury and environs in the Roman period


Articles about Anglo-Saxons in and around Avebury

What was a bury?

St Afa

East Kennett: the church on the boundary

Upstream-downstream

Wiltshire battles

Understanding the Wansdykes


Articles about Medieval life in and around Avebury

Overview of medieval Avebury and environs

St James' – from minster to mother church

St James dedications in Wiltshire

Skew passages

The alien priors

Medieval graffiti

The 'barber-surgeon'


Articles about aspects of Avebury's twentieth century history

Overview of twentieth century Avebury

Avebury ghosts

Keiller's occult connections

Halloween 1938

Mary's annunciation

photo gallery