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UK - England - Wiltshire - Sunrise at Avebury Megalithic Stone Circle | by © Lucie Debelkova / www.luciedebelkova.com
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UK - England - Wiltshire - Sunrise at Avebury Megalithic Stone Circle

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Avebury is a Neolithic henge monument containing three stone circles which is located around the village of Avebury in Wiltshire, south west England. It is located about twenty miles to the north of Stonehenge and is approximately ninety miles to the west of London. The Avebury ring is the oldest stone ring that is known to be in existence anywhere in the world and is even older than Stonehenge. Unique amongst megalithic monuments, Avebury contains the largest stone circle in Europe, and is one of the best known prehistoric sites in Britain. It is currently used as both a tourist attraction and a place of religious importance to contemporary Pagans.

 

Constructed around 2600 BCE, during the Neolithic, or 'New Stone Age', the monument comprises a large henge, surrounded by a bank and a ditch. Inside this henge is a large outer stone circle, with two separate smaller stone circles situated inside the centre of the monument. Its original purpose is not known, although archaeologists believe that it was most likely used for some form of ritual or ceremonial usage. The Avebury monument was a part of a larger prehistoric landscape containing several older monuments nearby, including West Kennet Long Barrow and Silbury Hill.

 

Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Lens: EF17-40mm f/4L USM; Focal length: 17.00 mm; Aperture: 4.0; Exposure time: 1/30 s; ISO: 250

 

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Taken on October 24, 2011