It does occur to me that if we are to address the problems of possible misuse of monuments then we should maybe be turning our attention firstly to the places where there is clear and obvious damage..
At Avebury I see no damage to the stones by the act of climbing, hugging leaning on or kissing, but there are clear signs of damage on the Devils Seat due to people sitting on it. The area which is 'sat on' has quite a shine to it now and the ground below the 'sitting' area has been 'compacted and eroded..
The Banks have taken some damage as well and when you concider that this is constructed in the same manner as Silbury I'm concerned that it sends the wrong message. It goes without saying that WKLB is suffering damage because of people walking on it's top but so is 'Adam's Grave'. I know because I saw it the last time I walked along it..