watcher green

In brief

Avebury > Stonehenge in all ways. Though it is nice to have seen the site, the experience is very managed and packaged. At Avebury, you trod through mud + sheep poo right around a huge circle. Slide down slick chalk paths and fetch up with your chin on a giant stone sticking out of the ground. Way cool + creepy.

Have finally seen the West Kennet long barrow in person, and there will be fic to follow.
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My dear friend poliphilo, Brit and Tony Head stunt double *g*, has said the exact same thing about Avebury and the 'henge. And if you're not reading him, you should be. I think *everyone* should be reading his LJ.
Avebury > Stonehenge in all ways.

Absolutely!

Slide down slick chalk paths and fetch up with your chin on a giant stone sticking out of the ground.

Er, missed that bit. Thankfully, I think. *hands you gauze and antiseptic*
I did not actually slide down the chalky path along one section of the henge, but it was pretty freaking slippery. And muddy. With sheep output everywhere. Bring rubber boots, is my recommendation to potential visitors. Rubber boots with cleats.
Giles/Xander, I think, and an incident in a barrow. A harrowing incident in a barrow. Lemme think.

Did not see chalk men. Am regretting it.
Haven't been to Avebury in a long time but yes, would agree it beats Stonehenge hands down for atmosphere.
There's just something so strange about it: it's so old, and we know so little about who made it and why. Pre-writing civilizations can be such mysteries to us.