Prehistoric Avenues and Alignments

Introductions to Heritage Assets

An introduction to prehistoric avenues and alignments, which date to the Neolithic period (about 4000-2500 BC).

There are several types of prehistoric monument particularly notable for their length. This document is mainly concerned with the most numerous and widespread – cursus monuments. Two other types – avenues and stone alignments – are dealt with more briefly. A brief chronology is included.

Cursus monuments have important associations with a range of other categories of archaeological monument and these are explored here.


  • Summary
  • Introduction
  • Description
  • Chronology
  • Development of the asset type
  • Associations
  • Other forms of avenues and alignments
  • Further reading
  • Where to get advice

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 14
  • Product Code: HEAG216


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