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Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites is located in Wiltshire
Avebury and Stonehenge in Wiltshire
LocationWiltshire, England, United Kingdom
CriteriaCultural: (i), (ii), (iii)
Inscription1986 (10th Session)
Area4,985.4 ha (19.249 sq mi)
Coordinates51°10′44″N 1°49′31″W / 51.17889°N 1.82528°W / 51.17889; -1.82528Coordinates: 51°10′44″N 1°49′31″W / 51.17889°N 1.82528°W / 51.17889; -1.82528

Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites is the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Wiltshire, England.[1]

Stonehenge and Avebury are groups of large stones called megaliths. Both sites are circles of stones which are placed in a pattern. In each, the placement of the stones and spaces between them may have astronomical meaning.[1]


The creation of Stonehenge and Avebury dates from the Bronze Age.[1]

Avebury is 19 miles (30 kilometres) to the north of Stonehenge. It is Europe's largest prehistoric stone circle. It has about 100 megaliths.[1]

Small sites of prehistoric stones are nearby,[1] including Silbury Hill,[2] Windmill Hill,[3] West Kennet Long Barrow,[4] and Overton Hill.[5]


Related pages


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 UNESCO, "Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites"; retrieved 2012-4-21.
  2., "Silbury Hill, Avebury"; retrieved 2012-4-21.
  3., "Windmill Hill"; retrieved 2012-4-21.
  4., "West Kennet Long Barrow, Avebury"; retrieved 2012-4-21.
  5., "The Sanctuary, Avebury";, "The Sanctuary", Overton Hill; retrieved 2012-4-21.

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