Plaque unveiled at Avebury to commemorate World Heritage Site status

A plaque was unveiled at Avebury on Saturday 14 November to commemorate 30 years of World Heritage Site status for its outstanding Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments, dated as over 5,000 years old.

Sarah Simmonds, Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site Partnership Manager, said:

“The Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site is made up of two truly unparalleled landscapes within which outstanding prehistoric monuments are still clearly visible to the visitor. At Avebury the massive bank and ditch of the henge, 1.3km in circumference, encloses the largest Neolithic stone circle in the world. Nearby Silbury Hill is the largest manmade prehistoric mound in Europe. The scale of the monuments and the phenomenal human endeavour needed to create them is awe inspiring and an important part of what makes their World Heritage Site status so well deserved”.

The unveiling of the plaque is part of a series of 30th Anniversary celebrations across the World Heritage Site throughout 2016.

Jan Tomlin, General Manager for the National Trust Wiltshire Landscape, added:

“We are really excited to have the World Heritage Site plaque at last. It will remind visitors just how extraordinarily important Avebury is on a global scale for its outstanding Neolithic and Bronze Age remains.”