Oldbury Tours Articles


Durrington Walls

The scene of fascinating recent discoveries Durrington Walls is the site of some of the most fascinating recent archaeological work in the Avebury and Stonehenge World Heritage Site if not the whole of the UK. Between 2003 and 2009 the Stonehenge Riverside Project, directed by Mike Parker Pearson, gathered together a stellar line-up of British… Read more »


Stonehenge is unique and world famous for many reasons. The ruins we see today are what remains of the ‘last great stone monument of the Megalithic* age’ (Parker Pearson 2012,) By way of explanation – Megalithic and Neolithic *Megalithic literally means ‘massive stone’ and refers to the type of monument building that incorporated such megaliths… Read more »

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… Read more »

West Kennet Long Barrow

An extraordinary place to visit West Kennet Long Barrow is seen here in the middle distance looking rather like an enormous olive green caterpillar lying across the top of the late summer fields. It is an earlier Neolithic* funeral mound of a type called a long barrow and is one of the oldest monuments known… Read more »

Long Barrows

Seen from the air West Kennet Long Barrow’s proportions can be fully appreciated. It is over 100 metres long and is built for the most part from solid chalk excavated from huge ditches on either side of the mound. behind the facade of huge sarsen stones at the nearest, eastern end of the photo is… Read more »

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… Read more »

Windmill Hill

Windmill Hill is best known for the early Neolithic causewayed enclosure which sits on its crown and for the pioneering archaeology that took place here. Causewayed enclosures are some of the earliest monuments in the British Isles being built between 3,700 and 3,400BC (Lawson 2007). This period is shortly after the time people moved on… Read more »


Avebury stone circle is the largest stone circle in Britain and lies ‘at the centre of one of the most remarkable concentrations of Neolithic and early Bronze Age archaeology in western Europe’ (Gillings and Pollard, 2004). ‘Awe-inspiring’ Avebury – a long, long period of construction and use Lying 25 miles from Stonehenge the earth, ditch… Read more »

Silbury Hill

Silbury Hill is the largest prehistoric man-made mound in Europe and possibly the most enigmatic of Wiltshire’s prehistoric landmarks. Inspiring the minds of poets and historians alike Silbury Hill is equally comfortable, or uncomfortable, in the realms of both folklore and archaeology.