Amesbury

Amesbury āmz´bərē [key], town, Wiltshire, S central England. Located on Salisbury plain, the town is among the oldest continuously settled locations in Great Britain. In 980 the widow of King Edgar founded Amesbury Abbey, where Queen Guinevere of Arthurian legend is said to have died. Stonehenge , the best-known megalithic monument in Britain, Durrington Walls, and many other Neolithic remains are nearby.

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