| 4 March 2015
Traces of a new stone avenue found at Avebury
The traces of a new stone avenue has been located by photographic evidence at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Avebury in Wiltshire (England). Previously, two other stone avenues known as the 'West Kennet Avenue' and the 'Beckhampton Avenue' are known to archaeologists as they still have some of the massive stones that line these avenues.
Robert John Langdon, an author and cartographer had been mapping the area over the last six years and has published a series of books and maps, based on his hypothesis that most of Britain was flooded directly after the last ice age and consequently, these ancient sites were built on the shorelines of the 'wetlands'.
"The maps I have produced," says Langdon, "indicated that Avebury was a trading place for our ancestors. My assumption is that the nearby monument of Silbury Hill would have been used as a harbour, once the waters had eventually receded from the main site of Avebury. Therefore, a direct pathway would have been used from Silbury Hill to Avebury for goods, which according to archaeologists doesn't exist."
Silbury Hill is the largest man-made monument of prehistoric Europe and has always been a mystery to archaeologists throughout history as it doesn't seem to have a real purpose. Langdon insists that this ancient civilisation did not spend millions of man hours building a monument without a very good practical reason.
"We now know through recent excavations that this mound was built in stages," says Langdon. "You only change the height of this monument if it serves as a beacon to attract ships and boats to the trading place of Avebury, for the higher you build, the greater the visible range," he adds.
Langdon's findings will need to be confirmed by excavation, although in 2011 at the top of this newly discovered stone avenue, dowsers found a series of stone holes in the same location as the new photographic evidence.
Edited from SourceWire (2 March 2015)
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