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Once They Were Mighty : Fallen Sarsen @ Avebury Stone Circle.

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A recumbant Sarsen lies prone at Avebury .

What is seen at Avenury today is almost solely down to the single minded vision of the 1930's Archaeologist Alexander Keiller.

Alexander Keiller moved into the manor at Avebury & decided to buy up as much of the village as possible... often moving people out of their houses if they were on the site where a sarsen (standing stone) should be & then demolishing said house and erecting the sarsen underneath.

Obviously this made him unpopular with many of the villagers, but it does give us the awesome sight of the Avebury we see today.

He was also a pioneer of aviaition archaeology, as he was an ex pilot & realised that much more archaology could be seen from the air as opposed to from the ground.

Keiller was the heir to a fortune made from marmalade established in the 18th century.
A playboy archaeologist, he eventually had four wives & many alleged mistresses.
He also founded a car manufactures, very plush and sporty & his own car, which can be found in the Keiller museum at Avebury ..well, the front seats fold into a double bed....playboy indeed!! Smile

Eventually, his millions became extinguished soley due to the work he done at Avebury ........... he had a vision a determination, and if the money hadn;t run out..well ...Avebury really would be even more jaw dropping than it already is!!

Have a great day... i depart for Stonehenge shortly...back tomorrow eve.

GarethSmile

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Title:Once They Were Mighty : Fallen Sarsen @ Avebury Stone Circle.
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Uploaded:19 Mar 2013 - 2:42 PM
Tags:Avebury, British countryside, Countryside, Landscape / travel, Photo journalism, Sarsens, Standing stones, Stone circles, Stonehenge
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HarrietH
HarrietH e2 Member 4265 forum postsHarrietH vcard Portugal
19 Mar 2013 - 3:00 PM

A marvellous place Avebury, I didn't know the story thanks.

Harriet

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jdinne
jdinne  11 England
19 Mar 2013 - 4:05 PM

Amazing narrative Gareth to accompany this nicely composed image.

John

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nonur
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19 Mar 2013 - 4:14 PM

Great write up accompanying a great image, Gareth.

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Meheecho
Meheecho  1275 forum posts United Kingdom
19 Mar 2013 - 4:23 PM

Nice description to a great image
Steve

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NDODS e2 Member 43282 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2013 - 5:52 PM

Interesting, informative and a wonderful read Gareth, supported by a wonderful capture.

Nathan

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1881  2 India
19 Mar 2013 - 6:15 PM

CLASSIC photo.

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widtink
widtink  2406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2013 - 6:43 PM

Nice one Gareth great write up btw Grin

Rod

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rayme330
rayme330 e2 Member 2rayme330 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2013 - 6:48 PM

An informative narrative to accompany your interesting image, Gareth.

Ray

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fazzer
fazzer e2 Member 534 forum postsfazzer vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2013 - 7:39 PM

Great read Gareth,you're a fountain of knowledge Smile

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canonfan
canonfan  4 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2013 - 7:53 PM

Excellent image Gareth. Well captured
Jim

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UrbaneMagick
20 Mar 2013 - 11:28 AM

Hi Folks, thankyou for the lovely comments..really appreciated.

Avebury is my present / latest obsession, so have been reading everyu book I can get my hands on..even down to watching the old tv series " children of the stones ..1970s)..may ring a bell with a few of you?

Therefore, apologies if I continue to keep boring you all with little Avebury facts for the noo :-p

I went to Stojnehenge yesterday, kipped in the car, greeted the sunrise with L.A.W. & also met Tarek there who has also now joined the L.A.W. .

i'LL POP ON THIS EVENING TO LOOK AT YOUR LOVELY WORKS.... Smile

zEDS FOR NOW,
gARETH

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elainebaker
24 Mar 2013 - 10:38 PM

Lovely image Smile

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3188 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
25 Mar 2013 - 12:02 PM

love that stone, and the green lane.. just to cheer you up for a spring with too much delay.

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HELANA
HELANA e2 Member 4HELANA vcard United Kingdom
25 Mar 2013 - 10:10 PM

Very interested imformation about this place Gareth,and nicely capture.
ElenaSmileSmile

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
22 Apr 2013 - 10:57 AM

FanTAStic write-up, Gareth SmileSmile

Wonderfully shot image to go with it too! Beautiful sarsen. It looks like the head of a monitor lizard or a komodo dragon.

Andrew

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