Public Lecture: Avebury – megaliths & myths

A lecture at the University of Bath will explore the theories and myths surrounding Avebury stone circle.

In the lecture on Wednesday 24 February, Roger Vlitos will give an illustrated lecture that compares and contrasts the beliefs of those who manage the site, with others who claim it as their traditional shrine.

Although ’discovered’ by John Aubrey in 1649, only 20 per cent of the area has ever been excavated and there are no plans for further archeological investigations.

However it is known that the henge is enclosed in an area 18 times larger than Stonehenge and was built 600 years earlier. Modern surveys also show megaliths once thought to have been demolished, still lie buried.

Roger said: “In the lecture you will probably learn as much about changing beliefs and the power of imagination as you will about the ancient site.”

Roger is a freelance writer and professional photographer, whose work has appeared internationally.

Roger’s lecture is part of the General University Lecture Programme.

Other lectures in the current series include:

  • Religion and ritual in the prehistoric Aegean – Dr Anna Simandiraki-Grimshaw, 3 March
  • An introduction to Islamic art and architecture – June Ward, 10 March
  • Nuclear explosives: The technology of destruction – Dr Rick Marshall, 17 March
  • Climate change: Challenge or swindle? – Revd Prof Ian James, 24 March

All lectures are free and open to the public, start at 5:15pm and will be held in Lecture Theatre 8 West 1.1

Parking is available in the west car park at the Claverton Campus.

For more information go to the GULP Website or call Helen Redfern on 01225 386587.

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