Avebury parish in Wiltshire contains an amazing collection of Stone Age monuments.
Four thousand years ago this stretch of the chalk downs was the metropolis of Britain, with the tallest man-made hill (Silbury), the largest henge or sacred enclosure (Avebury), the great chambered cemetery of West Kennet Long Barrow and the two stone avenues of West Kennet and Beckhampton.
This new edition, which takes into account recent discoveries, explores the mystery of the Avebury monuments and reveals their collective purpose.
Making use of archaeology, ethnography and folklore the book argues that the monuments were key elements in the worship of the Great Goddess, each representing different aspects of the annual fertility cycle corresponding to the agricultural year.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages, 201 illustrations
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
- Publication Date: 09/04/1996
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9780500278864
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Review by BajorRon
Michael Dames 'The Avebury Cycle' forms -together with his 'The Silbury Treasure' the basis of a particular brand of magical symbolism that I have adopted into my private pagan practice and wich I am still investigating. Even though Mr. Dames' base assumption of an all-encompassing Neolthic Mother Goddess cult has been toned down more recently, the picture he draws of the Avebury monuments as monumental representations for the four stations within the Wheel of the Year is both compelling as well as powerfully evocative. Don't take the 'history' too literally but let the imagenery inspire you!