Photo Essay

Millenary Monoliths of Avebury - Ten Portraits

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The village of Avebury, located in Wiltshire county UK, is the site of the largest known stone ring in the world. It dates to around 5,000 years ago, significantly older than Stonehenge, which is located about 20 miles to the south. The stones at Avebury range in height from nine feet to over twenty feet, and some weigh over 40 tons. Unlike Stonehenge, where the power and majesty lies in the ensemble, each of the stones of Avebury is free standing and each is remarkably different from the others - an "individual" with a unique identity, a distinct mystery which I tried to capture in this series of portraits.

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9 responses

  • Laura Boston-Thek

    Laura Boston-Thek gave props (17 Oct 2008):

    Ohhh, I have always wanted to go here. I went to Carnac instead...but I will get here one day!

  • d s

    d s gave props (17 Oct 2008):

    wonderful essay!

  • ! Mario Scattoloni ¡

    ! Mario Scattoloni ¡ said (18 Nov 2008):

    Everything as it should be, well perhaps not & my guess is that we can only speculate on the Avebury vs. Stonehenge theories. Perhaps tribal differences existed within a short range of each other or they just got tried of moving these damn boulders around & one day decided that ah this looks better than the last landscaping gig we worked on & left it as such. Henceforth, we have the beginnings of the English gardening tradition. Now all kiddin aside....These Avebury boulders are as equally majestic as the Stonehenge setting. I guess the context helps I am sure, since I have never seen either, each has its charm. This is a perfect portrait series & an excellent rendition of each in these photos. All the best & hopefully we will see this published soon.

  • Simon Kossoff

    Simon Kossoff (Deleted) gave props (4 Dec 2008):

    I remember seeing some of these images when I first joined JPG and I was really impressed with them. This place is close to my heart as I grew up very near by to them and are a part of my childhood. how have I just discovered this essay?? Its great and you have captured the stones well. thank you.

  • Simon Kossoff

    Simon Kossoff (Deleted) said (4 Dec 2008):

    they are actually in Wiltshire county

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (5 Dec 2008):

    Short, sweet and beautiful. Got a vote here.

  • Sarah Dudley

    Sarah Dudley said (13 Jan 2009):

    Nice series. I really enjoyed Avebury, probably more than Stonehenge. Excpet the sheep poop everywhere. The pub next door is decent too. :)

  • Evelyne Peten

    Evelyne Peten said (4 Oct 2009):

    quels magnifiques cailloux!

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