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  •  Well, let's start with the easy one.... (6+ / 0-)

    Firstly, you can't climb Silbury Hill ! It is wired off, and since it is in a VERY fragile state ....I respect the official position (this doesn't mean that I haven't seen people climb it, but I would not.)

    Due to the extensive excavations made, it is fairly certain that NO burial exists within the Hill. Many have thought it to be the site for sacrifices, but no fragments of bone or charred stones have been found.

    Undoubtedly, I would say it would be unthinkable for there NOT to have been religious ceremonies of some kind on the summit - just not sacrifices.

    I also think that it may well have been a 'relay station' of sorts. A means of passing a light signal or waving a banner to signify when a ceremony had been concluded at Avebury in order to let others at Stonehenge know (and the reverse is also true). You would need another vantage point somewhere else (not necessarily artificial) to do this.

    'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

    by shortfinals on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 07:56:27 PM PST

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