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The Devil's Den - Wiltshire, England
Dolmen
National Grid Reference: SU 153 697

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How To Get There

The remains of this tomb can be found about 3 miles to the ESE of Avebury, near Fyfield. Fyfield is around half way between Avebury and Marlborough on the A4. A narrow lane leads north from the village towards Fyfield Down and the monument.

I have only visited the Devil's Den once, during the spring / early summer of 1992. The visit gave me a welcome change from the usual hustle and bustle around the stones of Avebury. Here I was walking through fields of wild flowers without another soul to intrude on the tranquillity.

The "Den" is all that remains of a Neolithic chambered tomb. Originally the stones would have been covered with a long mound of earth in a similar manner to nearby West Kennet Long Barrow. Thousands of years of weathering and ploughing have left behind just a few of the megaliths to give testimony to the structure that once stood here.

This type of monument is often referred to as a dolmen, quoit or cromlech depending upon which part of the country you are in.

The Devil was often associated with prehistoric remains after the spread of Christianity to Britain. The nearby mound of Silbury Hill was said in legend to have been formed by the Devil.

Nearby Sites

Avebury
West Kennet
Silbury Hill
Wayland's Smithy

Related Sites

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