Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

Durrington Walls

So there were stones at Durrington Walls- big ones- 15 ft sarsens- apparently arranged in a line along the top of the embankment in the shape- roughly- of a letter "C".  At some point they were taken down and buried (or allowed to become overgrown) on site. In it's heyday- circular earthwork with walls of naked chalk, topped for part of its length with very large standing stones- it must have looked a little like a Greek amphitheatre.

This would seem to be a prehistoric monument unlike any other in Britain. It stands about a mile from Stonehenge and right next to the much smaller Woodhenge, with its south-east entrance located about 100 metres from the course of the River Avon.

Earlier interpretations have read it- in spite of its great size- as subsiduary to Stonehenge. But was it? Have we been misled by its worn-down and denuded present condition? Stonehenge is quite small as henges go while Durrington Walls is enormous- the largest henge in Britain and- with its sarsens in place- must have been hugely impressive.  Perhaps, after all, it's Stonehenge that's the way station in the ritual landscape and Durrington that's the nexus.

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