Did you know there were vampires on the darkly atmospheric Salisbury Plain, not far from the famous Stonehenge? Was there really black magic and witchcraft going on in the small village of West Lavington in modern times? Who was the tall, dark, horned figure stalking the stones at Avebury stone circle?
Specific Location: Avebury
Hills, mounds and burial sites. Places which have a timeless allure. Such places can be seen and regarded as mythically liminal, a place that it is not a place. A place outside of time. A place where the living freely walk with the dead. Barrows are just such places.
The ancient site known as the Sanctuary can be found on Overton Hill (aka Hakpen Hill) at the start of the Ridgeway footpath. Dating from 3000BC it is the site of a stone circle which marked the end of the West Kennet Avenue.
Kerry McKenna is an artist, singer and musician based in Avebury, Wiltshire. Earlier this year I came across her slate paintings whilst visiting Avebury and was immediately impressed. What I didn’t know was about her UFO experience or her conferences. Enough from me, I’ll let Kerry introduce herself – (intro by Ian Topham)
[Please note the views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Mysterious Britain team]
To the average tourist the West Kennet Long Barrow is another ancient monument to look over and wonder at the way in which it was constructed, with numerous slabs of sarsen stone laid one upon another.
The Red Lion is reputed to be haunted the spectre of a young woman who, was said to have been thrown down the well of the pub, (now covered with glass) hundreds of years ago.
The stone circle and henge that surrounds the village of Avebury, is only one in a series of monuments concentrated in this small area. The site is a remnant of a ritual Neolithic landscape, which still survives although degraded with time and the actions of over zealous groups in past centuries.
This hill is the biggest man made mound in Europe. It is 130 feet high and 100 feet across its flat top surface.
The hill was built around 2500BC, formed with some of the chalk from the great henge at Avebury, and built in a complex lattice structure of in-filled chalk walls.