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The Mother Land of Stonehenge and Avebury Henge
Sarsen stone was used in the outer circle of 30 stones and lintels at Stonehenge; also in the gigantic trilithons that grace the inner circle of Stonehenge were large sarsen stones. Likewise, Avebury Henge was also constructed of sarsen stones. These are two of the most enigmatic sites in England. Stonehenge is unique in design and Avebury contains the largest stone circle in the world. These sites will be featured in future blogs.
Today we are looking at the Valley of the Stones, which is a natural outcrop of sarsen stones deposited through glaciation.
The Valley is the Mother Land of both Stonehenge and Avebury. It is situated on the Marlborough Downs about 5-7 miles from Avebury and about 25 miles north of Stonehenge.
Close to the delightful 12th century market town of Marlborough, which is 7 miles from Avebury, a recent excavation unearthed an unexpected surprise.
Led by the well-known archaeologist, Mike Parker Pearson, a very large road was discovered which led from the Valley of the Stones, down to Marlborough and Mike Parker Pearson, suggests went all the way to Stonehenge.
Supporting evidence came from the fact that an antiquarian drew lozenge shaped stones that looked like the vast Stonehenge stones. These stones were half dressed - chipped - ready for polishing at Stonehenge and close to the road. These stones did not make their way to Stonehenge!
Clearly, our distant Neolithic ancestors constructed a road to transport the stones. So, the Romans did not introduce roads to England. Incidentally, the Neolithic road was about the same width as a modern day 'A' road.
Professor Richard Atkinson's model is now ruled out.