38. Where it all started: Windmill Hill. The 350-metre causewayed enclosure on top of Windmill Hill is dated to around 3,350 BC and poses archaeologists as much of a mystery as does Avebury and Silbury Hill. Or so they say. Because although it appears to have been an encampment of some kind, early folk are known to have never lived permanently upon it. However, the brand new on-site information board, now contradicts this by saying otherwise. Windmill Hill has received the 'sexing-up treatment' by becoming a village!
The original excavators, Piggott and Keiller, believed that Neolithic folk occupied this hill during the summer months only, and then perhaps for little more than butchery, so all sorts of theories have been advanced for the monuments possible use - none of which are very convincing.
Causewayed enclosures are among the earliest monuments of all, their perimeters marked out by several rings of discontinuous ditches and banks that someone once described as being like a string of badly made sausages. Well, Windmill Hill is not a sausage, but it is based on an egg. It is, however, most unfortunate that other causewayed enclosures are not egg-shaped at all; although some of them are; but their varied outlines allow for any number of disagreements about their true purpose.
What we do know about Windmill Hill is that many things were placed on the bottom of its two-metre-deep ditches. These “things” ranged from stones brought from a quarry near to the town of Bath, (Limestone, no doubt) and other stones coming from as far away as Cornwall - as well as small chips of - surprise, surprise - the famous Stonehenge bluestones having come all the way from West Wales. Its builders may even have brought the honey coloured Grand Pressigny flint from France.
Besides these exotic stones, animal and human body-parts were also found at the bottom of its ditches, together with the possible sacrifice of two children - not that that's accepted as a fact, mind you. One child was found on a plinth that raised its tiny body off the bottom of the ditch, and he or she was probably buried for the same purpose or reason as the single burials found at Avebury’s Sanctuary and Woodhenge near Stonehenge.
This truly eclectic mixture of creature and human remains, exotic stones, flint arrowheads, axes, and broken pottery sherds, was clearly trying to instil this massive geometric egg with life.
39. A plan of Avebury's oldest monument. The causewayed enclosure on top of Windmill Hill: started 3,350BC.
If we had any doubt (and there have been many doubters) that Avebury's moon-antennae of stones which form part its outer ring was an arc based on a 1500 MY diameter circle, then Windmill Hill should settle it.
The accuracy of the above image was produced using several sources. An OS map for scaling to one-kilometre, which was then converted to Megalithic Yards (1204.82 MY). Bing aerial photography to mark out pathways and field boundaries which could be matched to the OS map. LIDAR from "LIDAR FINDER" whose image needed to be stretched some nine-megalithic yards from northwest to southeast due to the monument being spread over the brow of a hill. Plus some original plans.
Only complete excavation can improve on this image.
40. The north-western slope of Windmill Hill.
It's a well known fact that the egg-shaped monument on top of Windmill Hill makes it appear as though it was meant to slither down the considerable slope on its north-western side. To give a clearer impression of this, the approximate routes of Ring A and Ring B that traverse this slope are shown above in white.
The guiding factor which determined that the monument should be so far offset - is of course - the moon-alignment made between its axis, which broadly passes through the "Yolk" (Ring C) and a distant notch in the horizon to the nearest 10-degree. Only by centring the monument as far to the north-west as possible could this 230-degree azimuth, relative to the southernmost moonset and notch be maintained.
41. Professor Alexander Thom maintained that some Scottish monuments were aligned on notches in the landscape that look as if some angry giant had took an axe to the horizons of his native Scotland. Megalithic Lunar Observatories. A. Thom.
Well, I don't know whether or not Professor Thom ever visited the causewayed enclosure that straddles Avebury's Windmill Hill, but if he had, he would not have missed this notch at a distance of almost five-miles from the monument, especially since the southernmost moon enters this notch every 18.61 years and will do so again in late 2024.
The modern A361 from Avebury to Devizes passes through this notch, and many vehicles pass through it at night with headlights a-blazing. So, a photo taken just as the extreme southernmost moon sinks into this notch around Xmas 2024, would seem like cars are coming from out of the moon. This has to be the most fantastic photo opportunity, ever!
Some moon-aligned 'notches' are subtle, as seen above. others are in your face like Migdale in Scotland.
The Time Team, when excavating a pair of round barrows at Migdale, agreed with Migdale's moon alignment. This alignment was between a 'solid' in the form of a carefully-whittled flat-topped pyramid of wood, a carefully shaped standing stone, and both in--line with the slope of a mountain which brought the moon down at the far end Loch Migdale.
42. Silbury Hill. The hill that stole Stonehenge's crown.
Shown in this view is the last ditch that Avebury folk dug. I have placed it to give an idea of the original ground level and to prove that this man-made mound was constructed from the surrounding soil for the purpose of sitting the mound in its own lake.
Representing growth, Silbury Hill is a monument that grew and grew. It grew out, and it grew up -- becoming larger and larger. But this hill had a competitor - the recently discovered "Super circuit" of pits surrounding Durrington Walls. Stonehenge was not to be outdone!
43. So, what went on on top of Silbury Hill? It's odds on that people used a gold plate, similar to that shown here, in Picture 12, and used it to reflect light between the sun and moon exactly the same as at Avebury's cove and like the Bush-barrow man who attracted the sun and moon at Stonehenge using his gold lozenges as mirrors'.
Approaching from the right, the moon can be seen to 'walk'' Waden Hill and the Marlborough Down's, until, when reaching maximum north, turns about and returns south again. The sun does something similar.
The ability to attract the sun and moon when attaining their most northerly positions over Waden Hill, is why Silbury's full height was envisaged from the very start.
44. I made and photographed these so-called "Platonic-solids" some years ago after purchasing Robin Heath's excellent book --"Alexander Thom: Cracking the Stone Age Code."
The book tells of the unspeakable punishment and bullying that Professor Thom had to endure at the hands of several well-known authorities, whose sole purpose was to silence Thom and bury his Megalithic Yard. Furthermore, Robin calls out these 'experts' by naming them, one by one!
The only thing that I can add to Robin's book is to point out that Professor Thom brought a lot of it on himself by producing a corrupt version of Woodhenge. Something that Robin, in 2007, seemed unaware of.
Returning to the subject of Platonic solids: These 3D solids, and their importance to people of the Late Neolithic, is amply covered in Robins book to prove that the 3D shape of the final Silbury Hill was envisaged from the very start. That is why nothing of earth-shattering importance, except for samples that date its construction, has ever been found inside it.
There is a similar book on the market called "Time Stands Still, by Professor Keith Critchlow which also provides proof of the meaning behind these 'solids.'
But, I am not here to sell other peoples books.
However these two recommended books, plus this website, can be seen as a way of clearing away some of the the lies endemic to the archaeological world.
45. The Palisades. Straddling the River Kennet a little way downstream from Silbury Hill. Based on a photo taken from on top of the West Kennet long barrow.
Built from around 5,000 oak posts held up with sarsen boulders and the bones of about the same number of specially bred pigs.
CAD proves that there were more arcs of different sizes in this build than you can shake a stick at! There was only one reason for so many arcs of different sizes, and that was to imbue the river with a spirit of growth and pass it on downstream to the Marlborough Mound!
The vast number of pigs, most likely piglets of nine-months old - like at Durrington Walls, also imbued the river with the essence of life.
Then heat the whole up like the sun by setting fire to it. Which they did!
What looks like a mound, seen coloured red, was named Silbaby by someone, until it was proved to be natural. It was probably made from the spoil which was cast out from roadmaking. There is a spring at the base of Silbaby, which along with the more famous 'Swallow's spring' feeds the river Kennet.
46. A plan view of the West Kennet Palisades. The vast number of arcs of varying sizes that make up the Palisades, can only be suggestive of growth. These ovals aren't what I think they are, are they?
47. The Marlborough Mound. Proven late Neolithic, and built five miles downstream from Silbury Hill.
Perhaps this was meant to be Silbury's child.
48. Miscellaneous stuff.
With its angular top, Avebury's cove stone number 1 suggests the male gender. The angular top was Neolithic man's idea of signalling male and was reproduced UK-wide, from Stonehenge to Orkney, and even a stone in the Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni in Malta.
The principle is entirely separate from a phallic symbol type of stone.
49. This pair of large stones form part of Avebury's outer circuit. They are definitely not male gender. Not sure about the stone in the middle, though, other than that it forms part of Avebury's Southern Circle. I guess that makes it male. Behind it can be seen the so-called, Z-feature and a concrete plinth that marks the position of the Obelisk.
50. The 'Z-feature' in the middle of Avebury's Southern Circle.
Concrete plinths replace some of the stones that Alexander Keiller found were missing. Here we have another look at the plinth that marks the position of the six-metre-high, - circular in section - phallic Obelisk, destroyed while Stukeley looked on.
51. The Swindon Stone gets its name from being alongside the road leading to Swindon. The stone is female gender.