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Stonehenge and Avebury, England

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Stonehenge, possibly the most famous prehistoric site in Europe, is the centre of one of the world's earliest cultures. The monument consists of a megalithic stone circle featuring a number of massive trilithons (two vertical stones capped by a horizontal lintel) on an isolated part of the Salisbury plain. The stone circle of Stonehenge was started 5000 years ago, although it was 1500 years latter that the trilithons that make Stonehenge instantly recognizable were erected. While the larger Sarsen stones were brought from 19 miles away, the smaller Bluestones were from the mystical Preseli Mountains of Wales, 240 miles away. Estimates of the manpower needed to build Stonehenge put the total effort involved at millions of men-hours of work.

Avebury has a much larger circle (348-meter diameter), erected in between the two construction periods of Stonehenge. The standing stones, which are smaller, are not as densely concentrated. Instead they are set in a number of pastures surrounding the village. Unlike at Stonehenge, visitors can roam freely around the stones.

The prehistoric sites of Stonehenge and Avebury form a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Standing stone circle, ditch and Salisbury Plain, Stonehenge, Salisbury. England, United Kingdom ( color) Megaliths, Stonehenge, Salisbury. England, United Kingdom ( color) Stone circle and isolated cloud, Stonehenge, Salisbury. England, United Kingdom ( color) Circle with stone lintels, Stonehenge, Salisbury. England, United Kingdom ( color) Large group of tourists looking at the standing stones, Stonehenge, Salisbury. England, United Kingdom ( color) Trilithon lintels, Stonehenge, Salisbury. England, United Kingdom ( color) Stone circle, Stonehenge, Salisbury. England, United Kingdom ( color) Standing stone, sheep, and village, Avebury, Wiltshire. England, United Kingdom ( color) Circle of standing stones in pasture, Avebury, Wiltshire. England, United Kingdom ( color) Sheep, standing stone, and hill at sunset, Avebury, Wiltshire. England, United Kingdom ( color) Two lambs and two standing stones, Avebury, Wiltshire. England, United Kingdom ( color) Megaliths and tree, Avebury, Wiltshire. England, United Kingdom ( color) Standing stone and chapel at dusk, Avebury, Wiltshire. England, United Kingdom ( color) Large standing stones and brewing storm at dusk, Avebury, Wiltshire. England, United Kingdom ( color) Circle of megaliths standing on the Salisbury Plain, Stonehenge, Salisbury. England, United Kingdom ( color) Prehistoric standing stones, Stonehenge, Salisbury. England, United Kingdom ( color) Megalithic monument, Stonehenge, Salisbury. England, United Kingdom ( color) Prehistoric monument of megaliths, Stonehenge, Salisbury. England, United Kingdom ( color) Sarsen trilithons surrounded by bluestones, Stonehenge, Salisbury. England, United Kingdom ( color) Large group of tourists looking at the megaliths, Stonehenge, Salisbury. England, United Kingdom ( color) Couple looking at the standing stones, Stonehenge, Salisbury. England, United Kingdom ( color) Small standing stones and chapel, Avebury, Wiltshire. England, United Kingdom ( color) Megaliths forming part of a 348-meter diameter stone circle, sunset, Avebury, Wiltshire. England, United Kingdom ( color) Standing stone circle and village house at dusk, Avebury, Wiltshire. England, United Kingdom ( color)
All the 24 color pictures of Stonehenge and Avebury, England are on this page

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