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Silbury Hill 

Man Made Earthwork, Wiltshire

A Lammas-time
view of Silbury Hill,
from West Kennet
Long Barrow

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The largest prehistoric man-made mound in Europe, Silbury Hill is 39m high, covers an area of 2.2ha and is estimated to have taken 18 million man-hours to construct. Notice how the terrace near the top lines up with the horizon, when seen from West Kennet Long Barrow. The terrace also lines up from high ground on the other side of the mound. I think this is significant. People have dug into the mound several times, but no burials have been found, only strange sandwiched layers of chalk and soil. A complete mystery.

In the Alexander Keiller Museum in Avebury village are samples of the winged ants excavated from the centre of Silbury Hill in 1969, showing it was started in late July / early August.

Aerial View of the other side of the hill:

Access: Silbury Hill is on the A4, not far from Avebury village. There is a car park here.

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Rating: General Impression 4, Ambience 3, Access 3

Personal: You should not climb on the mound but thoughtless people still do.

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