Keeping the clock ticking at Avebury

In case you wonder what our Ranger team have been getting up to on this first day of April here’s a snippet of the invaluable work they work they were doing here at Avebury this morning…

Putting the clock's forward at Avebury

Putting the clock’s forward at Avebury

This morning National Trust Rangers have been very carefully moving one of the famous standing stones at the ancient Avebury World Heritage Site. 

“Obviously Stone Age man didn’t have daylight saving, so twice a year we have to move one of the stones.” said Hilary Makins, National Trust Head Ranger.

“Avebury is an astonishing monument to the Neolithic people’s ingenuity.  We want to make sure the stones are as accurate as they were back when they were put up.  Each one weighs several tonnes.  It’s a huge effort, but it’s worth it.”

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About Dr Nick

Dr Nick Snashall is Archaeologist for Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site. She is fascinated by prehistoric stones, large and small, and their potential for unlocking the secrets of our past. Nick is co-director of Living with Monuments (an AHRC funded research project aiming to address our lack of knowledge of Neolithic settlement and non-monumental activity through targetted fieldwork and archival research into the Avebury region) and Ground -Truthing Stonehenge’s ‘Superhenge’: excavations at Durrington Walls (Current Archaeology's 2017 Research Project of the Year)

2 thoughts on “Keeping the clock ticking at Avebury

    1. Dr Nick Post author

      Hi Cherie, our National Trust team is very keen on its time keeping her in the World Heritage Site. If you swing by in October you might get to see them moving the stones back again 😉


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