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Silbury hill

Silbury Hill (near Avebury in the UK) is the tallest (c.30 mtrs) prehistoric man-made mound in Europe. It was built around 2470 - 2350 BC, mainly from chalk boulders, clay and earth. Since it must have been predominantly 'hand-built', it's been possible to estimate that its construction would have taken around 4 million man-hours.

It has been extensively investigated for many years, most recently using radar and other technical methods. but no clues have so far emerged as to its original purpose.

Suggestions include ritual use of some kind, as an observation platform, as a monument etc etc. (no central burial site has been discovered).

Further reading : English Heritage, Silbury Hill.

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