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

By UrbaneMagick
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

Tags: Photo journalism Countryside Stonehenge Standing stones Avebury Stone circles Landscape and travel British countryside Sarsens

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Comments


19 Mar 2013 3:00PM
A marvellous place Avebury, I didn't know the story thanks.

Harriet

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jdinne 13 16 England
19 Mar 2013 4:05PM
Amazing narrative Gareth to accompany this nicely composed image.

John
nonur Plus
8 17 11 Turkey
19 Mar 2013 4:14PM
Great write up accompanying a great image, Gareth.
Meheecho 4 275 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2013 4:23PM
Nice description to a great image
Steve
NDODS Plus
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2013 5:52PM
Interesting, informative and a wonderful read Gareth, supported by a wonderful capture.

Nathan
1881 4 India
19 Mar 2013 6:15PM
CLASSIC photo.

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widtink 4 406 2 Scotland
19 Mar 2013 6:43PM
Nice one Gareth great write up btw Grin

Rod
rayme330 4 17 1 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2013 6:48PM
An informative narrative to accompany your interesting image, Gareth.

Ray
fazzer Plus
7 54 7 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2013 7:39PM
Great read Gareth,you're a fountain of knowledge Smile
canonfan 6 7 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2013 7:53PM
Excellent image Gareth. Well captured
Jim
UrbaneMagick 4 172 1 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2013 11:28AM
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
24 Mar 2013 10:38PM
Lovely image Smile
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
25 Mar 2013 12:02PM
love that stone, and the green lane.. just to cheer you up for a spring with too much delay.
HELANA 6 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2013 10:10PM
Very interested imformation about this place Gareth,and nicely capture.
ElenaSmileSmile
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
22 Apr 2013 10:57AM
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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