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Avebury Ring – Wiltshire, England

Avebury(above photo © Joe Dunckley)

Avebury Ring

Wiltshire, England
National Trust website
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http://www.avebury-stones.co.uk/ 

coordinates 51.4275131,-1.8549353

We gathered together outside the stone ring at Avebury – it is the world’s oldest dating from between 2,500-2,600 BC)and one of the largest with a diameter of 331.6m –  to experience a bit of druid magic.  Surprisingly enough, we did.

Equipped with copper divining rods (on loan) and open minds we began the circuit allowing our steps to be guided by touch, ley lines and gravitational pull.  The divining rods did rotate in our hands and quietly and surely guided us.   Most interestingly, it seems the sheep are also guided by the same forces!  Invariable the rods would cross as we reached the matted down depressions, where one of our furry friends had bedded down (or in some cases recently quickly vacated at our approach!)

ave-5(above photo © Kronsteen)
ave-6
(above photo
© Jon Morris-Smith)

The rings symbolize an ancient power.  These megalithic monuments making it up are of an age with the Pyramids at Giza – and represent another engineering feet.  There were originally 98 sarsen (sandstone blocks)  standing stones, some weighting up to 40 tons and heights varying between 3 and 4.2 meters (10 & 13 ft.)  The moving and standing of these mammoth stones required a level of cooperation that to erect that still mystifies to this day.  If you find yourself anywhere near the ring – even if it is just as a country outing – it is worth the time 🙂

Avebury Ring - Wiltshire, England

Avebury Ring - Wiltshire, England

Avebury Ring - Wiltshire, England

Avebury Ring - Wiltshire, England

 

South Circle stones(above photo South Circle stones 103, 102, 101 & 105 and the Tower of St James church © Jim Champion)
ave-3(above photo The Cove, which is the remains of the  northern inner circle © Steve Watson)
ave-0(above photo The Cove, which is the remains of the  northern inner circle  © Robert C)

Nearby is Silbury Hill which is the largest man-made mound in old Europe

Silbury Hill, Wiltshire.(above photo Silbury Hill © Martin Avtost)