"In a world rabid with spirits as early prehistoric Britain was, people's world-picture was very different from ours." "Death and regeneration are the themes of Avebury." 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."
"The concept is unique and awesome. It is an inconspicuous artform lost thousands of years ago when the race of artists disappeared from the face of the earth, along with the worshippers who understood and adored Avebury and Stonehenge. Some calamity, we know not what, intervened and the aged, ancestral fertility system collapsed. The megaliths were never used, never understood again." Terence Meaden ~ "The Secrets Of The Avebury Stones", Souvenir Press 1999
"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: