The Avenue, shown within the Stonehenge section of the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site
|Excavation dates||from 1740, 2013|
|Archaeologists||William Stukeley, Heather Sebire|
|Criteria||i, ii, iii|
|Designated||1986 (10th session)|
|Region||Europe and North America|
Stonehenge Avenue is an ancient avenue on Salisbury plain, Wiltshire, UK. It is part of the Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discovered in the 18th century, it measures nearly 3 kilometers, connecting Stonehenge with the River Avon. It was built during the Stonehenge 3 period of 2600 to 1700 BCE.
Along some of its length The Avenue is aligned with the sunrise of the summer solstice, suggesting a time of most frequent use. In 2013 a section of A344 road was closed, which had cut through the Avenue close to Stonehenge. After the road surface was removed, it was shown that although the Avenue's banks had been sliced off, the filled in ditches were still in evidence, demonstrating that the Avenue had indeed connected right through to the stone circle.
- Historic England. "English Heritage Scheduled Monument record (1010140)". National Heritage List for England: 'Stonehenge, the Avenue, and three barrows adjacent to the Avenue forming part of a round barrow cemetery on Countess Farm'
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- Summer Discoveries at Stonehenge, English Heritage, 10 September 2013.
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- "...sits upon a series of natural landforms that, by chance, form an axis between the directions of midsummer sunrise and midwinter sunset", 22 June 2012, University of Sheffield
- Hunter, Robert (1907). " Appendix A". The Preservation of Places of Interest or Beauty. Manchester University Press. Wikisource.