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Aug 10, 2000, 19:58
I was recently in England, and stayed in Avebury. I had a wonderful time and managed to visit a remarkable number of sites - Avebury, Silbury, West Kennett, The Uffington Horse, Wayland's Smithy, Castlerigg, Callanish, MacLeod's stone. Anyway, while I was away I missed the deadline for the "questions for the drude," and I have a question that I've been wondering about ever since being in Avebury. In one or two places I've seen the suggestion that the banks around Avebury and the Silbury Hill were at one time exposed chalk. Recently I read somewhere the suggestion that long barrows may have also been exposed chalk on the outside. I was wondering how speculative that is, as it seems to be a minority opinion. While I think huge chalk monuments would be quite spectacular, and clearly the ancient peoples used exposed chalk in hill carvings, I'm wondering if there is evidence one way or the other. I wonder especially in light of the idea of "earth goddess" type imagery; it seems to me that it would make sense for these monuments to be covered in turf.

Does anyone have a definitive answer, or a strong opinion on this?

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