Avebury, south-east quadrant © Littlestone
And this stupendous fabric, which for some thousands of years, had brav’d the continual assaults of weather, and by the nature of it, when left to itself, like the pyramids of Egypt, would have lasted as long as the globe, hath fallen a sacrifice to the wretched ignorance and avarice of a little village unluckily plac’d within it.
William Stukeley (1687-1765).
For a full facsimile of William Stukeley’s book on Avebury see Abury – A Temple of the British Druids.

See also our Conservation, Preservation and Restoration: Avebury’s restoration and the Stukeley Line.