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aerial photographs of Avebury stone circle and Neolithic henge monument in Avebury Wiltshire England UK. Archaeological evidence has shown that the area around Avebury has been occupied since the Mesolithic period with find of flint tools dating between 4000 BC and 7000 BC. It may be that these Mesolithic inhabitants built the first structures on the site and post holes have been found which could date from this period however there is little firm dating evidence to explain the exact chronology of the site. There are several distinct monuments on the site including the inner stone circle, outer stone circle the avenues. These may have been constructed separately over generations between 2400 BC and 3000 BC. The henge ( the circular bank and ditch surrounding the site ) has been radio carbon dated to around 2500 BC. The henge was a massive undertaking for the Neolithic Culture and required the movement of 165,000 tons of material and resulting in a henge 4 times bigger than anything else known from this period.

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