Foot of Avebury Down, Avebury – interim report

If you’ve been following our progress on the Living with Monuments Project you might like to take a look at the interim report for our 2017 excavations at the Foot of Avebury Down –    Avebury_Down_2017_interim_report.

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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)

One thought on “Foot of Avebury Down, Avebury – interim report

  1. Keith baker

    I had just visited the Avebury site for the first time, and heard a presentation on the history of the site, On reflection of the function of part of the site and position of the site, the initial development of the deep moat and the banks and then the later addition of rough and undressed but large rocks which are in a rough circle in the neolithic period. My conclusion is that this site was a early rodeo site for the recently domesticated and less domesticated cattle of the region. This is a rodeo in the sense of the Calgary Stampede, a show and market place for cattle. The show would be in the form of deeds daring with large herds of Aurochs, other display of the pastoral arts of animal management. The addition of the standing stone would have been a attractive similar to the cattle and bull events in modern Spain. This site is excellent for the purpose of a rodeo as it has a dry and chalky surface, which even in the later season would remain dry.

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