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Why Hire A Guide

Having travelled very widely both as a tourist and for business I have always found a local guide to be by far the best way to really get to know somewhere. The local guides I have hired have all shared the necessary combination of knowledge and enthusiasm and a real desire to excite me.

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The Avebury Avenues

Avebury from the air. Pilot: Tony Hughes; photo: Laurence Probably the most extraordinary thing about Avebury is the sheer size of the monument. Not only does it incorporate the largest of all Britain's stone rings but the 'ditch and bank around the stone circle may be the largest surviving earthwork of this age anywhere in [...]
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Causewayed enclosures

Knap Hill from the air. Pilot: Tony Hughes; Photo: Laurence Causewayed Enclosures are a type of monument associated with the earlier Neolithic period in Britain, the time when people were moving away from a hunter-gatherer existence to a more settled lifestyle in small farming communities. The general belief is that these enclosures dating from between [...]
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Adam’s Grave

Adam's Grave crowns Walker's Hill on the northern escarpment of the Pewsey Vale. The tiny figure on the right hand slope of the monument gives an ideal of the scale of this Neolithic Chambered Long Barrow. One of Wiltshire's famous white horses (Alton Barnes, cut in 1812) can be seen on the slope below Adam's [...]
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Woodhenge

Horton Enclosure (date unkown but definitely of prehistoric origin) Pilot: Tony Hughes; Photo: Laurence Davies Members of the Wiltshire Archaeology and Natural History Society Field Group with Andy Payne (English Heritage) at the Horton Enclosure in October 2013 At Woodhenge Woodhenge was discovered in 1925 by WW1 veteran fighter pilot Group Captain Gilbert Insall VC [...]
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Durrington Walls

The huge sweep of the western bank, the most pronounced section remaining, can be seen curving towards us from the top left of this photograph. The Neolithic builders actually utilised the low natural escarpment for this portion of the henge bank so the land behind continues at the same height but in other places the [...]
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Stonehenge

Stonehenge is an iconic monument and probably the most famous of Britain's landmarks. Yet even after 400 years of excavation there is still much mystery surrounding the ancient monument regarding its purpose, manner of construction, who exactly built it and much else. In addition to these uncertainties its known story is even more complicated than [...]
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Further Reading

In the articles on this website I have tried to give a very brief summary of most of the sites that we can visit on our tours but I didn't feel it was appropriate for me to try to be either too academic or too authoritative. Obviously when we are out in the landscape I [...]
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West Kennet Long Barrow

The West Kennet Long Barrow seen here in the middle distance, looking rather like an enormous olive green caterpillar lying across the top of the late summer fields, is an earlier Neolithic* funeral mound of a type called a long barrow and is one of the oldest monuments known in the UK. It is one [...]
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Long Barrows

Long barrows are the oldest monuments in the British Isles with examples being constructed from about 3,800 BC onwards.  Present throughout the UK, there are many in the area we visit on our tours. Horslip Long Barrow which is hardly visible on the southern slope of Windmill Hill has provided the earliest radiocarbon date for [...]
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Knap Hill

Knap Hill, Wiltshire is the site of an earlier Neolithic* Causewayed Enclosure constructed in the mid-fourth millennium BC one of only fourteen such monuments in England that survive 'to any extent as earthworks' (Oswald et al, 2001). These enclosures were probably built as venues for social gatherings rather than as permanent domestic settings although most [...]
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