Saints and Stones: Silbury Hill

Silbury Hill is part of the complex of Neolithic monuments constituting the UNESCO World Heritage Site in and around Avebury in Wiltshire. It is the tallest prehistoric man-made mound in Europe and one of the world's largest.

Composed principally of chalk excavated from the surrounding area, the mound stands 130 feet high and covers about five acres. A display of immense technical skill and prolonged control over labour and resources, it has been calculated that Silbury Hill was built about 4600 years ago and that it took 18 million man-hours to deposit and shape 8.75 million feet of earth and fill on top of a natural hill. The base of the monument is 550 feet in diameter and perfectly round. Its summit is flat-topped and 100 feet wide.

About Silbury Hill

Megalithic Portal: Silbury Hill
Avebury Web: Silbury Hill Silbury Hill
Modern Antiquarian: Silbury Hill
Stone Pages: Silbury Hill
Wikipedia: Silbury Hill

Journey to Silbury Hill

Silbury Hill is located off the A4 in Wiltshire just south of Avebury and west of Marlborough in southern England.

Ordnance Survey Map (SU100685)

Visitors information for Silbury Hill, Avebury Stone Circle, and adjoining sites may be found at the English Heritage website. General tourist information for the area may be found on the Visit Wiltshire website.

Additional Photos of Silbury Hill

Silbury Hill in 2005
Approaching Silbury Hill in 2011
Descriptive Sign at Parking Area at Silbury Hill
Silbury Hill from Site Parking Area
Silbury Hill from the Path to West Kennet Long Barrow
Silbury Hill from Windmill Hill

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