SACRED and Ancient Celtic SITES
Long Chambered Barrow
This impressive Neolithic tomb, situated on a prominent ridge of chalk nearSilbury Hill and not far from Avebury, is one the largest chambered long barrows in Britain. 148 out of 260 of Britain's long barrows are to be found in the county of Wiltshire alone. In many parts of Europe this type of tombs have been given giants' names, as a reminder of their size and presence. But one of their puzzling aspects is that they are very long, for no apparent reason.
East Kennet , Long Barrow Wiltshire
This interesting barrow is about 105m (348ft) long and 6m (19ft) high. Covered with trees, it is still unexcavated, but there are traces of sarsen stones at the SE end. This probably indicates a burial chamber. Darker crop growth in the surrounding fields could indicate side ditches. Unfortunately, this site has no right of way to it.
Woodhenge is so-called because it was originally a wooden structure of a type similar to Stonehenge. It was probably set up during the Bronze Age c.2000BC for ceremonial use. The concrete posts mark the positions of the original timbers, evidence for which was obtained by evacuation. The rings are oval, with the long axis aligned on the midsummer sunrise. A bank with a ditch on the inner side surrounded the monument, which was entered by a causeway to the north-east.
Oddly enough, this is a little visited site, 'just round the corner' from Stonehenge. It's not as spectacular as Stonehenge, but has a lot offeeling. Sitting quietly in the centre, I found it very easy to pick up evidence of people from the past moving around in sandalled feet. The stones marking the position of the long gone wooden posts lend themselves to experimental rambles in different patterns!! Woodhenge is in Wiltshire.
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