Durrington Walls, Mother of Stonehenge.
With its far bank forming the horizon, and seen behind the geometric moon-aligned-
egg, known as Woodhenge, above is what remains of Durrington Walls, Britain's
largest henge. Durrington’s denuded bank has been reduced to a lynchet by
thousands of years of ploughing. Its nearest bank these days, almost completely
levelled, lays just beyond the fence.
P.S. Ignore the brand-new swanky notice board claiming Woodhenge to be aligned on
the sun, because it is not, it is aligned on the moon! Furthermore, archaeologists know it!
This panorama of the Durrington Walls henge shows the shallow valley around which
the henge was built - to gradually slope all the way down to the river Avon as it did in
prehistoric times - and before the modern built-up road cut right through the middle of
it. The position of the timber-built Southern Circle is today largely buried beneath the
road-works, its position conveniently marked by the road sign.
The old road that went from Durrington to Amesbury wound its dangerous way through a shallow valley,
around the top rim of which, early people had fashioned a massive circular earthwork that converted the
whole area into a 500-metre-diameter henge.
Not more than a single-carriage country lane, that old road had become totally unsafe for today's traffic.
So as a matter of urgency, brought about by several accidents, the Wiltshire County Council decided that a
straight raised section was needed to carry an altogether safer modern road. And so it came about that
Professor Wainwright was granted permission to excavate that part of the massive Durrington Walls
henge, in advance of where the new road would run.
It was here then, where the professor found the remains of two huge wooden structures that had been
built in the bronze age, the southernmost and largest of which became known as the 'Durrington Walls
Southern Circle'. That circle of originally more than 250 upright posts, some made from whole tree-trunks,
is only a few metres to the north of the more famous and well-known monument of Woodhenge. These two
monuments are so close, and so alike, that they must have had a similar purpose. But whereas
Woodhenge was a completely finished, stand-alone device, Stonehenge, Durrington Walls, Durrington
Walls's Southern Circle, two avenues and a river, joined together to make one complete unit.
<<<An overview of the
Durrington Walls henge.
An internal ditch, 5.5 metres
deep and almost 500 metres in
diameter, was excavated into
The chalk spoil taken from
the ditch was used to build an
outer bank almost as high as
the ditch was deep.
Durrington Walls 'Southern Circle'.
Professor Wainwright found that the Southern Circle was built in at least two stages; the first and earliest
monument, he called Phase 1; and the final monument, Phase 2. I have combined both phases together to
produce the background images seen opposite and also the one below.
The professor was not permitted to excavate beyond the boundary of the new road, and was therefore
unable to expose the western third of the circle. These new images therefore include the very latest
results. These latest are a small trench excavated by ITV's Time Team, together with the results of
ground-penetrating radar produced by members of the 'Stonehenge Riverside Project' under the
direction of Professor Mike Parker Pearson.
Phase 1 postholes (visible remains of the holes that were dug to accept the posts) are shown as small red
circles. Phase 2 postholes are shown black. Actual posts are shown white. By averaging their sizes, the
white circles that represent the posts, are drawn to exact scale (or very nearly).
Seen in the bottom right-hand corner are two large off-centre (to the Avenue) posts that connect the
circle with the river Avon via an avenue of hard-packed chalk and flint. (See picture opposite for the
astronomical importance of these two posts). It could be argued by many - me included - that the avenue
leading to the river has long been expected to exist, Professor John North, for another, when in 1996 he
wrote - 'The distance between the centre of the Southern Circle and the river is 200 megalithic yards'
(Neolithic Man and the Cosmos. North. J).
However, before reaching the river, that avenue first passed over several deep pits, one of which held
carefully placed male and female sexual artefacts. That so-called “Sex-Pit” held a 'female' pelvis of natural
flint, together with three male phalli and a pair of flint balls. I hope eventually to discover where early
people positioned these phalluses and balls in relation to the 'pelvis', because they defined it as female.
<<< The ‘female’ pelvis of natural flint, found in a pit beneath
the ‘Avenue', minus the three phalli and balls found with it.
Image appears by kind permission of Professor Mike Parker
The so-called 'Midden' was complete with Beaker and other types of pottery sherds, along with numerous
animal bones, axes and flints, all found together in a mass of burnt ashes up to a third of a metre thick, and
that is why I have called Wainwright's Midden an Offerings Cache.
Like the Coneybury and other well-known stone-age anomalies, Wainwright's Midden was packed with
Stone Age ingredients, or ‘goodies', and appears like an ‘eye dropper’ that patiently waits to dispense its
fertile contents into the circle at the time of the rising minor moon.
For the two major proof's of the Stonehenge hypothesis, please press the Woodhenge button seen above left
By setting some of the posts in rows of three, the Southern Circle was intended to represent the family
Info: Nine years after leaving her Major
Standstill, the moon passes through
her minimum positions. It is at this time
when the moon rises and sets at
60-degrees from north, given a level
Careful inspection of the background image shows >>>>>
three of Durrington Walls's eggs to be aligned on the setting
Minor moon. But the second egg in, Ring B, pointing
20-degrees further north, is aligned on the setting Major
<<<< This picture is of Avebury's
egg-alignment that was taken from
Avebury's Cove where part of the
Backstone can be seen on the
right. This was the reason for
Avebury 3,500 BC. And as
magnificent as Avebury is - a long
time before the rest of the henge
A massive monolith dated to 2,800 BC placed in the middle of the
recently discovered prehistoric buildings on Orkney's isthmus has
been found to be equinoctial-aligned. Like the Stonehenge Great
Cursus that is similarly east-west aligned, such ideas probably came
from Avebury. It is also of interest to note that the style of the
buildings on the Orkney isthmus is very similar to the many 'temples'
on the islands of Malta. Ref also the Stanydale Temple, Shetland.
<<<< This picture was taken to
prove the sun and moon to go
down at the time of the Vernal
Equinox alongside Cherhill Hill as I
knew it would. Unfortunately
Cherhill Hill is largely hidden
behind the church steeple and the
trees. This would not have been
the case in 3,500 BC.