Thursday 15 January 2015

The Avenue

This late Neolithic monument connects Stonehenge to the river Avon, 1.7 miles (2.8km) away. It was probably a processional route.
Built in about 2300 BC, after the sarsen stones had been erected at Stonehenge, the Avenue consists of parallel banks and ditches forming a corridor about 12m wide. Today it has been largely destroyed by ploughing, but the earthworks are still visible close to Stonehenge. It was discovered in 1721 by the antiquary William Stukeley, who named it and noticed its alignment to the solstices.