A host of previously unknown archaeological monuments have been discovered around Stonehenge as part of an unprecedented digital mapping project that will transform our knowledge of the iconic landscape – including remarkable new findings on the world’s largest ‘super henge’, Durrington Walls.
The Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project, led by the University of Birmingham in conjunction with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology, is the largest project of its kind.
Remote sensing techniques and geophysical surveys have discovered hundreds of new features which now form part of the most detailed archaeological digital map of the Stonehenge landscape ever produced. The startling results of the survey, unveiled in full at the British Science Festival, include 17 previously unknown ritual monuments dating to the period when Stonehenge achieved its iconic shape.
Dozens of burial mounds have been mapped in minute detail, including a long barrow (a burial mound dating to before Stonehenge) which revealed a massive timber building,
Pres Obama is now at Stonehenge after leaving the NATO summit
Obama's Marine One helo stopped at a British airbase and then he took motorcade ride to Stonehenge for a tour.
Wiltshire Police have praised the thousands of people who attended the Summer Solstice celebrations at Stonehenge overnight. There were two dozen arrests for minor offences.
This year we estimate 36,000 people visited the stones throughout the night. There is always a small proportion of people who will try to break the law but I am satisfied that this was a successful policing operation and Wiltshire Police continue to facilitate a safe Solstice with our partners.
We are pleased that the Solstice celebrations at Stonehenge and Avebury have been enjoyable events for the majority of people attending. There were 25 arrests at Stonehenge and two at Avebury which were mainly for drug related offences.
The road system worked well with minimum delays and many people used the public transport as we advised people to do. Every year there are new challenges for us at Solstice but it is always a pleasure to see so many people enjoying the event.
The Summer Solstice has a long tradition of attracting people to monuments such as Stonehenge, off the A303, where latter-day Druids gather to witness the sun rising on the longest day. Police estimate 36,000 people attended the sunrise this year.
Archaeologists have made a dramatic discovery in Wiltshire, which has led to the town of Amesbury now officially being declared the oldest settlement in Britain.
It was previously thought that Thatcham in Berkshire held the honour. But carbon dating of objects dug up 40 miles west of Thatcham - in Amesbury, now reveal that humans have lived there - for more than ten millennia.
The revelation has also thrown new light on why Stonehenge was built close to the Wiltshire town. Martin Dowse reports.
It's National Chip Week so, naturally, an artist has created Great British landmarks, including Stonehenge and the White Cliffs of Dover, out of chips!
Prudence Staite spent 6 months planning and constructing the sculptures.
The White 'Chips' of Dover used a total number of 70 chips to build, taking 4 hours to build.
Stonehenge was obviously a little trickier taking 5 hours to create and using 75 of the popular potato food.
If you would like to see more chip art work or more information on National Chip Week, click here.
Work will begin today to knocked down the old visitor centre at Stonehenge.
A new £27 million replacement was opened in December last year, which was one of the biggest financial projects ever undertaken by English Heritage.
The new centre includes a 360-degree virtual experience, allowing visitors to feel like they are standing on the stones.
The new visitor centre at Stonehenge has come in for heavy criticism from some tourists who are claiming that being at the centre - which opened last month - is chaotic because of long delays and severe overcrowding.
Some of the complaints about the experience include reports of visitors queuing for more than an hour to board the 'land train' which carries people from the centre to the stones. The journey of a mile-and-a-half takes just ten minutes.
Managers have said that the majority of feedback has been positive. They say that they are trying to address the problems. Robert Murphy reports.
Managers at Stonehenge's new visitor centre say feedback has been "overwhelmingly positive", though they admit there have been "some issues."
The statement comes after the centre received a number of complaints about overcrowding and delays in the transport to the stones.
There has been huge interest in Stonehenge since the new visitor centre opened towards the end of December. On one day alone we welcomed 5000 visitors which is along the same levels as during our peak summer season.
This is a brand new operation, on a completely different scale to the old visitor centre, and naturally during these early days, there have been some issues. But we are solving them, we have increased our shuttle service taking people to the stones and from 1 February, our timed ticketing system will swing into place.
The majority of feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, visitors have been fascinated by our new exhibition and love the sense that the stones are now reconnected with the wider landscape. We appreciate all the feedback we've received and we would ask people to be patient while we iron out the few remaining issues.