Beckhampton Avenue

Beckhampton WPP1070735

The stone in foreground forms part of the row and the one behind part of a setting. 

Location

England Wiltshire Rest of England SU 08887 69301
Lat 51.42261297   Long -1.87359283

West Kennet Plan2

Simplified plan of the Beckhampton stone alignment. (Source: Stonehenge-Avebury.net and Google Earth).

Characteristics

Type: Double Length: 1300m
No. of stones: 170 Size of stones: Only large
Orientation: 60° Altitude: 162m
Upper end: Stone circle and henge Lower end: Cove
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: No
Context:  Barrows
Notes: Mutilated. Only one stone stands but others have been identified by excavation. The number of stones has been estimated from the excavation results which found pairs of stones at 15m intervals. There can be little doubt that this alignment denoted a special route to and from Avebury. Large numbers of separate reveals exist, but foremost amongst these is undoubtedly the appearance of Silbury Hill, which is not visible at the western end of the row, but slowly emerges along the row.

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status: World Heritage Site
Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes

Identification

Category: Plausible.  No doubts have been expressed regarding the prehistoric interpretion of this row.


Photographs

Bechampton P1070733

Large slab in the foreground (known as Eve) is the only remaining upright in the alignment. The stone in the background forms part of a setting known as The Cove. View from the east.

Beckhampton WPP1070730

Cove stone in the foreground with remaining alignment stone beyond. View from south.

Access Information

Car parking is available at SU 08921 69209. The stones are clearly visible from the car park.


Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     PastScape     Stone Circles

Other References

Burl, A., 1993, From Carnac to Callanish – The prehistoric rows and avenues of Britain, Ireland and Brittany, Yale University Press, New York and London, pg. 217.

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