Hill is the largest man-made mound or tumulus in Europe.
This huge mound
is comparable in height and volume to the Egyptian pyramids with whom it shares
the same time date.
The hill comprises mainly chalk excavated from the surrounding
area, and the mound stands 130 feet high.
It is thought that Silbury
Hill was probably completed by about 2350 BC but why and how it was built remain
The hill forms part of the Avebury World Heritage Site.
has been estimated that it took 18 million man hours to build Silbury Hill, and
that there are about 1/4 million cubic metres of earth and chalk inside it.
have been many theories as to the purpose of the huge mound.
that Silbury was a giant sundial to determine time of year, whilst others have
out forward views that it is the site of seasonal rituals or worship.
theory is that the hill was built as a burial mound for King Sil and his golden
Despite much investigation, the purpose and significance of Silbury
Hill remains elusive.
Its proximity to Stonehenge and Avebury stone circles
suggest it may have had a religious, ceremonial or spiritual purpose.