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A lot of people wanting a good day out in the UK are often tempted to head to Stonehenge and marvel at the amazing ancient creations at the site. However, Avebury, which is not so far away from the site in Wiltshire, may provide an even better experience for holidaymakers.

That's because Avebury also allows visitors on days out in the UK to get right up close to the action. While Stonehenge is a marvellous sight, people are required to stand back from the stone circle. In Avebury, which is 20 miles north of Stonehenge, people have access to several stone circles as well as avenues, all created in mind-boggling circumstances.

The site, which can be found around halfway between the towns of Marlborough and Calne, and just off the main A4 road on the northbound A4361 towards Wroughton, is believed to date back to the 4th millennium BC, when the Neolithic period of Britain started to develop and people began to embrace pottery and domesticate animals, essentially leading to a less nomadic society.

Creation, movement and construction of the stones has long-baffled locals, experts and others having a day out at the site. The megaliths fall into two categories: tall and slender or short and squat. Many believe the importance of gender in Neolithic Britain means the taller stones are "male" and their shorter counterparts "female". Many others believe carvings are on the stones surfaces, though these are only visible on some of them.

Human bones found by a collection of stones mark it out as having a funerary purpose and as ancestor worship was a big thing for the time, it could have a deeper meaning, scientists note.

Additionally, despite forming a boundary, the creation has no defensive purpose because the only ditch that could be used in such a strategy is on the inside. Many still maintain that a henge or stone circle site is all about astronomical alignments, much like the Pyramids in Giza, Egypt.

Avebury, with Stonehenge, is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, a World Heritage Site and a National Trust property. Its UNESCO World Heritage status was secured after claiming categories (i), (ii) and (iii) of the organisation's standards. Criterion (i) was achieved because the monuments "demonstrate outstanding creative and technological achievements in prehistoric times".

Meanwhile, criterion (ii) is because Avebury is an "outstanding illustration of the evolution of monument construction and of the continual use and shaping of the landscape over more than 2000 years, from the early Neolithic to the Bronze Age". The landscape has also since had an "unwavering influence on architects, artists, historians, and archaeologists, and still retain[s] a huge potential for future research".

Criterion (iii) is due to the site providing a great insight into how past civilisations buried their dead and marked their existence with the natural world around them.

So for a day out that is unlimited in seeing these monuments close up, Avebury may be better than Stonehenge, though people in the area will likely want to see both!


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