I’ve recently published a new video where I venture to Valley of Stones, at Fyfield Down, by West Woods, Marlborough, in Wiltshire. The down has the best assemblage of sarsen stones in England , known as the Grey Wethers, because of their resemblance to an enormous flock of sheep in bedraggled fleeces
Fyfield Down is a large chalk grassland with a remarkable, nationally important geological feature: a river of sarsen stones deposited by glacial action. Sarsen stones are large boulders of hard silicified sandstone up to 3.5m across, and stones from this location were used in local Neolithic monuments including Stonehenge, 17 miles south, and the Avebury stone circle, 2 miles to the west.
According to the history books, the 80 x 30 ton sarsen stones used to built Stonehenge, and 100 x 30 ton sarsen stones used to built Avebury stone circle, totalling 5.4 million kilograms, were rolled on logs to their final destination Yet, what the books don’t mention … is that the valley was half flooded at the time
In July 2020, Dr Nash, Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Brighton’s School of Applied Sciences, published a paper detailing a comparison of sarsen stone geochemical data to 20 possible sites across southern England. This resulted in new evidence as to the real truth behind the sarsen stones’ origins. Link to the paper is shown in the video links section below.
Note, that this video focuses purely on the “Sarsen” stones and not the “Bluestones”, which are the smaller stones at Stonehenge. These came from the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire, south-west Wales (where I am from). Although they may not appear blue, they do have a bluish tinge when freshly broken or when wet. They weigh between 2 and 5 tons each.
I do hope you enjoy it
Thoroughly enjoyed that and superbly done as usual. Thank you.
Cheers Andy! Glad you liked it
Cheers John! A+? You are too kind!
An amazing film with commentary of facts - your flying was pleasing and the sound quite level.
Pleased you had the time to put it together.
Thanks Barrie, appreciated. I actually started this project back in April, but then had a 5 month break from everything. So it’s long overdue. But I am glad it’s finally done and that folk seem to like it. It is the start a few videos I have in the pipeline relating to Avebury
Yet another well documented video Chris well done.
Really interesting and great video.
that was a great vid, and I loved the editing of it, what program did you use?
I also subscribed to your youtube channel
Cheers Bruce, thanks for watching and glad you enjoyed it
Thanks Tim. Great feedback
Thanks Aldric. I’m still trying to improve my edits, and get faster too, as currently each vid is taking a few days in editing alone. I use Adobe Premiere Pro. Thanks for the sub!
Strange I’ve never been taken there (that I remember), I was born in Marlborough and lived in Avebury as a small child. I’ve been taken everywhere else from Birthday parties at Silbury Hill and more stone circles than you can throw a stick at, I’ll have to ask Mother if she’s heard of it. Thanks for the prompt, very interesting!
It is inaccessible by road, only on foot, this is probably why it isn’t well known. That said, you or your Mother may know of Devil’s Den, which happens to be what I am working on now. It is located on the eastern entrance to the Valley of Stones. The valley can also be accessed from Avebury on foot via the Herepath.
Thanks, clinkadink, I’ll bend my ear around it when I get a chance! I suppose the main reason I’m not familiar with it is it sounds like a large effort when dragging children around etc. to a location without easy road access. Thanks for clearing that up.