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Avebury and Silbury Hill, Wiltshire. The large henge site of Avebury with its internal stone circles dates from about 2,600-2,100 BC. In the distance, the enigmatic mound of Silbury Hill was the largest manmade mound in Europe. Both sites probably served a religious or ceremonial purpose.

Avebury and Silbury Hill, Wiltshire. The large henge site of Avebury with its internal stone circles dates from about 2,600-2,100 BC. In the distance, the enigmatic mound of Silbury Hill was the largest manmade mound in Europe. Both sites probably served a religious or ceremonial purpose.

Göbeklitepe- Urfa, 9600 BC (11.600 years ago) photography: Erdinç Bakla (2012)

Göbeklitepe- Urfa, 9600 BC (11.600 years ago) photography: Erdinç Bakla (2012)

The West Kennet Long Barrow is a Neolithic tomb dating back to 3650 BC and is thus the oldest building in England. The inside tunnels were used as pagan burial chambers and are built from Saracen rock as seen on the exterior.

The West Kennet Long Barrow is a Neolithic tomb dating back to 3650 BC and is thus the oldest building in England. The inside tunnels were used as pagan burial chambers and are built from Saracen rock as seen on the exterior.

Aerial view of Hagar Qim, Malta.  It is a megalithic temple complex found on the Mediterranean island of Malta, dating from the Ġgantija phase (3600-3200 BC). The Megalithic Temples of Malta are amongst the most ancient religious sites on Earth, described by the World Heritage Sites committee as "unique architectural masterpieces.

Aerial view of Hagar Qim, Malta. It is a megalithic temple complex found on the Mediterranean island of Malta, dating from the Ġgantija phase (3600-3200 BC). The Megalithic Temples of Malta are amongst the most ancient religious sites on Earth, described by the World Heritage Sites committee as "unique architectural masterpieces.

Equinox Stone - Loughcrew Cairn T 	  Cairn T or Hag's Cairn is of similar design to Newgrange. Traditionally described as a Passage Tomb, the wonderfully decorated backstone shows that the Cairn has a clear astronomical purpose.    A beam of light from the rising sun around the time of the March and September equinoxes is mapped on the backstone of the Cairn.

Equinox Stone - Loughcrew Cairn T Cairn T or Hag's Cairn is of similar design to Newgrange. Traditionally described as a Passage Tomb, the wonderfully decorated backstone shows that the Cairn has a clear astronomical purpose. A beam of light from the rising sun around the time of the March and September equinoxes is mapped on the backstone of the Cairn.

Amazingly stylised family portrait... parents and a baby...  almost 5000 years old | Early Bronze Age Stone Double-Headed Disc-Shaped Figurine and Child |  Origin: Central/Western Anatolia | Circa: 3000 BC to 2500 BC

Amazingly stylised family portrait... parents and a baby... almost 5000 years old | Early Bronze Age Stone Double-Headed Disc-Shaped Figurine and Child | Origin: Central/Western Anatolia | Circa: 3000 BC to 2500 BC

The Knap of Howar is located on the Scottish island of Papa Westray and is home to a Neolithic farmstead dating back to 3500 BC. Made up of two adjacent rounded rectangular thick-walled buildings with very low doorways facing, the farmstead is believed to be the oldest preserved stone house in northern Europe.

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The Knap of Howar is located on the Scottish island of Papa Westray and is home to a Neolithic farmstead dating back to 3500 BC. Made up of two adjacent rounded rectangular thick-walled buildings with very low doorways facing, the farmstead is believed to be the oldest preserved stone house in northern Europe.

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