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Ancient Britain
AVEBURY
as
Archaic Astronomy


First-time users please read
the Index Page thoroughly for understanding.

I photographed all the stones of Avebury in 2005 and will be putting up
those photographs and astronomical interpretations as time goes on.

The material below is an early beginning in interpreting the stones
and thus is still quite a bit speculative,
but it was important to get an astronomical orientation at Avebury.


The stones of Avebury are astronomical markers
and each stone marks a particular star, group of stars (asterism)
or constellation of stars (a known group of stars),
though of course these need not have been identical
to the stars that make up any constellation today.

Name Origin of AVEBURY

The name AVEBURY itself is inconclusive as to its origin:
 
The Penny Cyclopædia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge:
v. 1-27, Volume 3 (Google eBook), 1835, edited by G. Long, writes:

"AVEBURY, ABURY, ABIRY,
the name of a village and parish in Wiltshire, England....
The origin of the name is uncertain;
the last part, bury, a borough, or fortified place,
appears to be a Saxon word, and if so,
Averbury is not the original name of the place."


The Online Etymological Dictionary has the following to say for bury (v.):
    "Old English byrgan "to raise a mound, hide, bury, inter,"
akin to beorgan "to shelter" ....
"


Macbain's An Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language
has a word that in the spirit of Hamlet's Mill
as the turning mill-stone wheel of heaven
could be considered as a possible candidate
for the place name origin
in an archaeoastronomical context,
viz.
brà, viz.bràth meaning:

"a quern, Irish bró, g. brón,
Early Irish bró, g. broon, mill-stone,
*brevon-, *bravon-; Sanskrit grâvan-;
Lithuanian gìrnos; English quern"
.

Speculatively for now,
the gigantic megaliths at Avebury in our interpretation
mark the stars of the heavens,
while the two smaller stone circles within the larger Avebury circle
could mark calculation of the position of the pole star and north ecliptic pole,
as was done using Perseus for precessional calculation at the Hurlers in Cornwall.
There are hundreds of figures on Avebury megaliths
and I am not the first to see them.
Interpretation of course, is a different matter.

In our analysis of what we allege to be
the larger system of survey of Ancient Britain by astronomy,
Avebury could have marked the Spring Equinox while
nearby Silbury Hill then arguably represented the mound of Perseus
right on
the line of the ecliptic meridian in ca. 2500 B.C.

Very speculatively (!)
one might interpret figures in a stone at Avebury as below,
with a giant carrying a lamb of Spring in his left arm,
and another animal in his right.
This theme of a figure with a lamb under the arm of a man
as a sign of "Spring"
is an ancient theme we also find in ancient Mesopotamia.


Avebury Stone Spring Lamb Giant

The following stone we call Avebury Stone 7, the Hydra Stone
in the large Avebury Circle of Standing Stones.
Photo by Andis Kaulins, 2005.

AveburyS tone 7 marks Hydra in the stars


Provisionally, I have identified this megalith at Avebury as Hydra, the Sea Serpent.

Do you see the man carved inside this stone,
which is arguably the raised head of a serpent?

Ancient seafarers may have encountered dangerous sea serpents,
perhaps as large conger eels, on their journeys,
as these depictions can not stem from Britain or Ireland per se.
One alternative is also that they stem from ancient sea voyages
to distant locations where such large serpents exist.

Suffice it to say that if the identification of Hydra above is correct,
the identification of the remaining stones should be more easily enabled.




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