LATEST NEWS ON AVEBURY
May 31st 2000
Silbury Hill suffers a collapse
Recent heavy rain has caused a collapse of an old excavation hole on
the top of the hill.
Cornish tin miners in 1776, working for the Duke of Northumberland,
drilled a hole from the top to the base
and it seems the filling has given way to open a hole estimated at
30 to 40 feet.
A team of achaeologists will assess the damage on May 31st to see how
this can be refilled.
Please do not climb Silbury to have a look.
This latest damage shows the fragile state of Silbury and other holes
New photos will appear here shortly, please come back for an update.
Looking inside the hill.
Latest news (22/6/00)
From the Gazette & Herald
An emergency rescue operation
was mounted at Silbury Hill during the solstice celebrations amid fears
a reveller had fallen down the 50ft shaft which has recently opened on
A 14-man rescue team from Wiltshire
Fire Brigade's Rope Rescue Unit was alerted early on Wednesday morning,
after the man had been missing for one-and-a-half hours, but he was found
enjoying a nap under scaffolding.
Leading fireman Peter Crow,
from Chippenham, said "They had a group hug and then everyone went away."
Update 9th July.
Bad weather bought thunder & lightenting!
I witnessed 11 strikes in the immediate area and managed to photograph
7 of them.
Click for Hi Res image.
Please DO NOT CLIMB THE HILL!