Night Photography by David Baldwin

 

 

 

Avebury ~ Sacred Neolithic Landscape With Prehistoric Sculptures

"In a world rabid with spirits as early prehistoric Britain was, people's world-picture was very different from ours."   Aubrey Burl ~ "Prehistoric Avebury", 2nd Ed, Yale University Press 

"As you drive or cycle into Avebury, you cannot fail to be aware of other monuments in the landscape: the huge mound of Silbury Hill beside the A4, the more ancient West Kennet long barrow on the brow opposite, or the rows of standing stones of the West Kennet Avenue.   Yet nothing quite connects. There are fragments of lost worlds muddled with the present, all asking the same question: What am I doing here, what do I mean?"   Mike Pitts ~ "Hengeworld", Arrow Books 2001

"Of the undamaged megaliths inside Avebury Henge which bear recognisable heads (which means the majority of them), left-facing heads number fifty against nine right facing ones ... They are likely to be heads which the Neolithic worshippers knew too, and that is the ultimate criterion."   Terence Meaden ~ "The Secrets Of The Avebury Stones", Souvenir Press 1999

"In the Western context, the primary measure of art is aesthetic.   In non-literate contexts, the primary motivation is didactic."   Lynne Kelly  ~ "The Memory Code", Atlantic Books 2016

"The whole of Neolithic Europe, to judge from surviving artifacts and myths, had a remarkably homogenous system of religious ideas based on the many titled Mother Goddess .... The Great Goddess was regarded as immortal, changeless, omnipotent."   Robert Graves

"Death and regeneration are the themes of Avebury."  Aubrey Burl  "Prehistoric Avebury", 2nd Ed, Yale University Press

"Avebury alone, after nightfall, when the henge and stones turn to blackened silhouettes is a dark and mysterious place. With your back to the village you can probably come as close as you’re likely to find to time travel."  Todd Atteberry

"The builders did not know the uses to which their work would descend."  Evelyn Waugh  "Brideshead Revisited"

"And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place."  Deuteronomy 12:3 


(please note galleries below are in progress)

West Kennet Long Barrow (oldest standing building in England):

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Kennet Avenue:

 

 

 

 

 

 

                       

Silbury Hill:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avebury Henge:

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

            For Selected Quotations About Avebury Click Here