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|Description ||Fyfield Down is where the sarsens came from. There they still are, huge, grey, recumbent and waiting in their natural state. How incredible to think of those massive things being taken to Avebury and even further to Stonehenge! The enormity of the journey struck home. I had read books about levers and rollers and sledges, but now I really understood because I was in the landscape and so were the stones. I could see and feel the gradients, the twists and turns and above all - the distance.
| Please can anybody help me with the geological origin of the river of stones at Fyfield Down. I have read that the stones are eroded out from the strata where they were formed. |
| Essentially that is correct, they are a deposit that formed over earlier tertiary sands over the chalk. The sands subsequently eroded away leaving the sarsens lying on top of the chalk. What remains has been heavily quarried in antiquity through to recent times leaving us with a much reduced scatter in the landscape.|
| Fantastic photo! But because this is where the greatest concentrations of sarsens currently are, why should we believe that this is where the Avebury sarsens and the Stonehenge sarsens also came from? Just because some archaeologists tell us that, it ain't necessarily so! Is there anything to suggest that the Avebury and Stonehenge sarsens were not collected up from the immediate locality?|
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