Friday, July 21, 2017

Avebury and Associated Neolithic Sites in my Stories #amwriting

This summer, I visited the Neolithic sites in and around Avebury in Wiltshire, UK. The henge and stone circles were built about 4,500 years ago, and now surround the small village of Avebury. You can walk right up to the stones at any time unlike at Stonehenge where access is controlled and limited. The megaliths are more irregular in shape than those in the main circle of Stonehenge. The main stone circle of Avebury lies within an earth bank and ditch. 

Read about the history of Avebury at the English Heritage site

You often find sheep grazing in the field with the megaliths. 

The Red Lion pub across the road from the stone circle is a popular place for lunch or drinks.   

Nearby Neolithic sites include Silbury Hill, West Kennet Long Barrow, and a number of smaller mounds in the fields. You can walk to all the sites from Avebury. 

Here is a view of Kennet Long Barrow. A chambered tomb built of rocks lies under the mound. It has two pairs of side chambers and a larger chamber at the end. This barrow is popular among new age druids who leave offerings of flowers and corn dollies in the tomb.  

In my story, Gargoyle Hunt, Estelle visits Avebury and Kennet Long Barrow during her summer abroad in Oxenford University, UK. She meets Dot and Misty with their dogs on top of Kennet Long Barrow. The witch and Farleon couple help Estelle and Toby capture the villain.

 Gargoyle Hunt

Gargoyle Hunt is only 99c for July 24-28th.

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