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West Kennet Avenue, Avebury

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Kennet Avenue or West Kennet Avenue is a prehistoric site in the English county of Wiltshire.It was an avenue of two parallel lines of stones 25m wide and 2.5 km in length which ran between the Neolithic sites of Avebury and The Sanctuary. A second avenue, called Beckhampton Avenue led west from Avebury towards Beckhampton Long Barrow.Excavations by Stuart Piggott and Alexander Keiller in the 1930s indicated that around 100 pairs of standing stones had lined the avenue and that they dated to around 2200 BC based on finds of Beaker burials found beneath some of the stones. Many stones have since fallen or are missing however.Keiller and Piggott righted some of the fallen stones they excavated as did Maud Cunnington during her earlier work there. More recently the stones have been the subject of vandalism when red paint was thrown over some of them.It is part of the Avebury World Heritage Site. West Kennet Avenue is in the freehold ownership of The National Trust and in English Heritage guardianship. It is managed by The National Trust on behalf of English Heritage, and the two organisations share the cost of managing and maintaining the property.
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  • In itself this pales in comparison to the stone circle, but it still has lovely views and allows good opportunity for some decent photos. I don't think you'd come to visit this alone, but it makes a g...  more »
  • Driving along the B4003 from West Kennet Long barrow to Avebury we spotted two rows of stones. Visiting Avebury we learned this is the West Kennet Avenue.  more »
  • The Avenue is part of the overall Avebury stone circle monument and is well worth seeing. The entire Avenue is not well-marked, so it is useful to have a good map and to have read up on it. The cows a...  more »
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  • Great place to visit. Better rthan stonehedge!
  • Such an enigmatic place, steeped in so much mystery
  • Beautiful stone avenue
  • Very accessible history
  • Forget stonehenge and come here at least you can touch the stones.

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