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The Sanctuary

Timber Circle

The Sanctuary (Timber Circle) by Chance Plan 1

This is the "current" version of the ground plan. There are a number of diffences between this and the earlier, but more detailed mono graphic ground plan. The sarsen stones are blue in colour and their orientation towards the circle gives a hint towards their purpose. The red circles indicate the various phases of the wooden elements.

The Cunningtons broke the site down into 7 rings. Here the number of holes and thier diameters are recoded.
Note: only ring A, the outer ring contained only stones and C - The Stone-and-post ring, with 32 holes, only had 16 stones.

A - The outer ring of 42 stone holes, 130 ft in dia.
B - The Fence ring of 34 stake holes, 65 ft in dia.
C - The Stone-and-post ring, 32 holes, 45 ft in dia.
D - The Bank Holiday ring, 12 holes, 34 1/2 ft in dia.
E - 10 foot ring, 8 holes, 21 ft dia.
F - 7 foot ring, 8 holes, 15 ft dia.
G - 6 foot ring, 6 holes, 13 ft dia.

There seems to be no reason why the outer ring only contained 42 stones. Maybe this was the number of tribes who came together to build the Avebury complex in it's final stage.
Chance Posted by Chance
8th April 2009ce
Edited 8th April 2009ce
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