Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites facts for kids

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Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated SitesĀ *
Stonehenge ouest.jpg
View of Stonehenge from the west
Country United Kingdom
Type Cultural
Criteria i, ii, iii
Reference 373
RegionĀ ** Europe and North America
Inscription history
Inscription 1986 (10th Session)

Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites is the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Wiltshire, England.

Stonehenge and Avebury are groups of large stones called megaliths. Both sites are circles of stones which are placed in a pattern. In each, the placement of the stones and spaces between them have astronomical meaning.

History

The creation of Stonehenge and Avebury dates from the Bronze Age.

Avebury is 19 miles (30 kilometres) to the north of Stonehenge. It is Europe's largest prehistoric stone circle. It has about 100 megaliths.

Small sites of prehistoric stones are nearby, including Silbury Hill, Windmill Hill, West Kennet Long Barrow, and Overton Hill.

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