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The South's Ancient Sites
Prehistoric monuments dot Britain's landscape, silent but tantalizing reminders of civilizations long vanished. Ceremonial stone circles, barrows used for burials, and Iron Age hill forts attract endless speculation about the motives and methods of their ancient builders.
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The South contains not only 5,000-year-old Stonehenge, one of the great treasures of Britain and, indeed, Europe, but also an abundance of other sites, some of them overlaid with reminders of other eras. At Old Sarum, near Salisbury, the earthwork ramparts of an Iron Age hill fort survive, although Romans and Normans took over the site. The evocative Avebury Stone Circles surround part of a village; nearby is the West Kennet Long Barrow, a chambered tomb, and the mysterious Silbury Hill. Close to Dorchester, Maiden Castle is a stone-and-earth hill fort with ramparts that enclose 45 acres.
Where to Learn More
If all this fuels your imagination, the shop at Stonehenge sells plenty of books with plenty of theories, and the Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum in Salisbury and the Alexander Keiller Museum in Avebury provide helpful background. Start by visiting one site, and you may find yourself rerouting your trip to seek out others.Updated: 10-2013
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