Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites

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Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites *
Stonehenge ouest.jpg
View of Stonehenge from the west
Country United Kingdom
Type Cultural
Criteria i, ii, iii
Reference 373
Region ** Europe and North America
Inscription history
Inscription 1986 (10th Session)

Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites is the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Wiltshire, England.[1]

Stonehenge and Avebury are groups of large stones called megaliths. Both sites are circles of stones which are placed in a pattern. In each, the placement of the stones and spaces between them have astronomical meaning.[1]

History[change | change source]

The creation of Stonehenge and Avebury dates from the Bronze Age.[1]

Avebury is 19 miles (30 kilometres) to the north of Stonehenge. It is Europe's largest prehistoric stone circle. It has about 100 megaliths.[1]

Small sites of prehistoric stones are nearby,[1] including Silbury Hill,[2] Windmill Hill,[3] West Kennet Long Barrow,[4] and Overton Hill.[5]

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References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 UNESCO, "Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites"; retrieved 2012-4-21.
  2. EnglishHeritage.org, "Silbury Hill, Avebury"; retrieved 2012-4-21.
  3. Avebury-web.co.uk, "Windmill Hill"; retrieved 2012-4-21.
  4. EnglishHeritage.org, "West Kennet Long Barrow, Avebury"; retrieved 2012-4-21.
  5. EnglishHeritage.org, "The Sanctuary, Avebury"; StoneCircles.org.uk, "The Sanctuary", Overton Hill; retrieved 2012-4-21.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Stonehendge at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 51°10′44″N 1°49′31″E / 51.17889°N 1.82528°E / 51.17889; 1.82528

This article is about a World Heritage Site