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Silbury Hill

Silbury Hill Photo, Stonehenge, England

Silbury Hill lies just off the A4 between Devizes and Marlborough in the Winterbourne-Kennet valley. Silbury Hill is the tallest man made mound in Europe. It is part of the complex of Neolithic monuments located just south of the village of Avebury in Wiltshire. It is a massive artificial mound with a flat top. It is approximately 130 feet high and covers 5 acres. It is composed of over 12 million cubic feet of chalk and earth. The base of the monument is 550-feet in diameter and it is perfectly round. Its summit is flat-topped and 100ft wide. It was built in three stages starting in 2600BC. We came here because we had read about the crop circles, UFO and other stories concerning Silbury Hill and the area. To this day no one knows the real reason it was built. Some people believe it is a huge sundial to determine seasons and the true length of the year. Another theory is that it is a natural earth battery. It was layered in a three-part process very similar to how a battery is created. My favorite is the one that the Devil was going to empty a huge sack of earth on the town of Marlborough, but was forced to drop it here by the magic of the priests from nearby Avebury. Or the one about it being a UFO landing pad. Whatever the theory it’s a strange place. It was a pretty weird thing to see sitting in the countryside.

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