AVEBURY’S EGG.Elsewhere on this blog can be found an analytical plan view of Windmill Hill, showing how two of its axes are aligned on Cherhill Hill to track the sun as he approaches the winter solstice, and also to observe the moon as she comes up to her minor standstill.
Avebury’s Cove is aligned midway between the summer solstice of the sun and the major standstill of the moon. That we know. What is little known is that Avebury’s Cove stands inside a setting of stones that take the shape of an egg. Clearly sticking to the traditions started on Windmill Hill, the builders also aligned Avebury’s “egg” on Cherhill Hill.
Recent geophysical surveys and parchmark evidence have confirmed that the setting of standing stones here (the northern inner circle) is far from circular, enclosing what can best be described as an ‘egg’ shape with its long axis aligned north-east-south west (Ucko et al. 1991, 221 Bewley et al, 1996) in AVEBURY: Gillings & Pollard.2004.
I make Avebury’s egg azimuth to be 269-degrees; so if some of the present day buildings were removed, we would be able to see the minor moon as she goes to ground sliding down the northern side of Cherhill Hill.
All measurements are in megalithic yards. (= 0.8297m) Also, I make the Southern Circle 126 My diameter, not the oft-published 125.