Tuesday, November 17, 2009

West Kennet Long Barrow

November 7 was a banner megalithic day. The carpark at
Avebury was closed early when we got there, so we drove
over to neighboring West Kennet Long Barrow, one of the
older neolithic monuments in the area, 3000-4000BC. I
walked the quarter mile over to enjoy it alone in the early
morning calm. A long barrow--in this case perhaps 150'
long--is a chambered tomb, sometimes kerbed, but with
huge entrance, interior side and ceiling stones, all big
enough for a large person to walk under. An allee couverte,
as we'll say in France in a couple weeks. Above, the
entrance to the barrow.

Cup marks on the big stones

Part of the passage-way

Exterior view...just a long mound

Silbury Hill in the distance

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