Sarsen stones of the Avebury outer circle under a glorious blue sky
A glorious, deep blue early Summer sky and lush green grass provide the perfect contrast to the light-coloured, quartzite 'Sarsen' stones of the outer circle at Avebury, Wiltshire. The lush nettle growth at the base of the stones is due to rain leaching minerals out of the stones.
The Neolithic henge (a deep ditch surrounded by a high earth bank) and circles of standing stones at Avebury are around 4600 years old. The outer circle contains two inner circles. A processional avenue of stones, Beckhampton Avenue, leads from the circle to a smaller site called The Sanctuary.
In the 1930's, a major programme of excavation and re-erection of fallen stones was undertaken by Alexander Keiller, archaeologist and then owner of Avebury Manor (there are images of the manor and its gardens in my other galleries).
Date taken: 09 May 2011.