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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Silbury Hill 

Silbury Hill-Wiltshire-UK - Photograph by Greg O'Beirne - with permission GFDL / Creative CommonsI thought I would give the new Plinky site a whirl. The site offers daily prompts in the form of questions and a recent question was "Where's the oldest place you've been?" For me that has to be Silbury Hill and my answer is posted below.

Silbury Hill is the biggest man-made hill in Europe, it is circular and the base is 167 m (550 ft) in diameter. The mound would have taken 500 men 15 years to build and it is about 4500 years old, older than Stonehenge.

A 40-metre (130-ft.) high man-made chalk hill, covering about about 2.2 hectares and situated near Avebury, Wiltshire, England. It is close to the Avebury stone circle and not far from Stonehenge. The area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Interesting links with other recent posts are of course the prehistoric associations of the Galapagos Islands and the Yetti, and also that the area is close to the site of the Wiltshire WOMAD festival.

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