Letter: Avebury is larger

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The Independent Online
Sir: Michael Balfour (Letters, 5 January) asserts that Stonehenge is the largest megalithic monument in Europe; not so. The henge monument at Avebury is older and covers an area 13 times the size of Stonehenge.

Nearby is the tallest Neolithic structure in Europe, Silbury Hill, standing 130ft high on a base covering five acres. A short walk from Silbury is the West Kennet Long Barrow, one of the largest and best- preserved; inside, five burial chambers open off a 40ft passage.

The landscape of that part of Wiltshire is studded with outstanding monuments of our prehistory. I would urge your readers to spend a day there, and they will not fail to be impressed and humbled by the creativity and achievements of our Neolithic ancestors.

Yours faithfully,



5 January