Stonehenge, Avebury and West Kennet long barrow
Wessex’s rolling chalk downlands were once the ceremonial heartland of prehistoric Britain – focus of such intense ritual activity that the resulting monuments have defined this area ever since. Henges, causewayed camps, burial mounds, early field systems, and even ‘cursus’ monuments are scattered everywhere, forming a distinct landscape of rites and ritual.
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Day 1 - Devizes
We meet in Salisbury as a group for an introductory lecture at our hotel ahead of our first dinner together.
Day 2 - Avebury
Our day begins at the great henge of Avebury, so huge that part of the modern village still lies within it. From here, we walk to West Kennet long barrow, a Neolithic chambered tomb. We also pass by the still mysterious Silbury Hill, which is known for being the largest man-made mound in all of Europe. Later today, we pay a visit to the Wiltshire Museum, which houses the collection of Bronze Age gold found buried with a chieftan who died c.1950 BCE, at a time when Stonehenge was at the centre of an internationally important ceremonial landscape. The most remarkable discovery was a gold-studded dagger pommel, set with thousands of microscopic gold studs – thinner than a strand of human hair.
|Meals included||All meals included|
Day 3 - Salisbury
This morning we visit the world-famous site of Stonehenge – an extraordinary construction that still causes controversy today. Our understanding of this site is still changing following recent excavations at the quarries in Preselli, from where the bluestones were brought from 180 miles away. We walk through the wider prehistoric landscape – the cursus, King Barrow and the avenue – before lunch. Later on, we visit Salisbury Museum to discover artefacts on display at the excellent Wessex Gallery. After this, our tour comes to an end.
|Meals included||Breakfast, Lunch|
Tour dates & prices
Included in your cost:
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
- Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
- All taxes & gratuities
- Field notes
|Tour Departure||Tour ID||Departure date||Return Date||Guided by||Price||Deposit||Single Supp.||Offer||Availability|
|4 June 2021||ASBW210604||4 June 2021 (Friday)||6 June 2021 (Sunday)||Mark Corney||£755
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