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La Victoire de Samothrace, Unknown, 190 BC

Avebury Stone Circle



Avebury is less known than Stonehenge - but it's much larger than Stonehenge and one of the largest stone circles in the world!

It was only 1 day walk away.

It testifies to this frenzy of building activity in the region at the time.

Avebury is roughly 350m in diameter.

It has over 100 stones, organised in 3 stone circles - 2 stone circles surrounded by a larger one.

Like all these monuments, it would all have been dug using antlers and primitive stone tools.

It also has a large avenue leading to the river - an impressive flat band of land, 2.5 x 0.025km, with about 100 standing stones.

Closer to the river is another smaller circle : The Sanctuary.

Nobody knows what it was for but it was likely used for ritual purposes.

It combined standing stones and wooden posts.