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!!
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.
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