Neolithic Stone & Timber Circle
Overton Hill, Southeast of Avebury, Wiltshire OS Map Ref SU119680
OS Maps - Landranger 173 (Swindon & Devizes), Explorer 157 (Marlborough & Savernake Forest)
Overton Hill marks the southern end
of The Ridgeway, an ancient track that runs northeast across the North Wessex
Downs and the Chilterns. It also marks what would have been the start of the West
Kennet Avenue, the double stone row that leads into Avebury.
During the late Neolithic
and at about the same time as work was taking place on the Avebury earthwork,
some kind of timber structure was constructed on this hill. It consisted of 6
concentric rings of timber posts - these could have been free standing, perhaps
painted and carved or formed some kind of building. At some later point in time
a double ring of low sarsen
stones were added outside this timber structure, the outer ring having a diameter
of around 40 metres.
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