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Children are guests of honour at Stonehenge

The children at Stonehenge Credit: English Heritage

For the first time in its 4,500-year-old history, children have been invited to step inside the stone circle at Stonehenge and discover it without any grown-ups, as part of English Heritage’s new Kids Takeover summer season.

To launch the season, English Heritage asked 1,066 children to help compile a list of fun activities to reflect history.

The wish was granted with the help of eight-year-old Thea Hunt, English Heritage’s first ever Child Executive Officer, and a selection of children from across the country.

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New coach park approved for Stonehenge

A new coach park has been approved for Stonehenge Credit: PA

Stonehenge will soon be able to accommodate more visitors by bus after councillors agreed to build a new coach park.

English Heritage will convert farmland next to the existing coach park and will include walkways for pedestrians.

Councillors agreed it can operate for two years,

'Remarkable' findings at Stonehenge

Astonishing findings at Stonehenge Credit: Birmingham University

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,

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Police praise Stonehenge sunrise revellers

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.

– Wiltshire Police

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Thousands celebrate at Stonehenge to welcome the longest day

Sunrise was welcomed by people from across the world at Stonehenge in Wiltshire Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

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.

The sun rises above the pre-historic monument where more than 30,000 people had gathered Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Those camping at the stones overnight were given an array of menu options Credit: Andrew Matthew/PA Wire
English Heritage and the National Trust allow sunrise crowds among the stones Credit: Andrew Matthew/PA Wire
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New discovery: The oldest settlement in Britain revealed

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.

More landmarks made out of chips

Angel of the North made out of chips Credit: Prudence Staite, Love Potatoes website
Lochness monster made out of chips Credit: Prudence Staite, Love Potatoes website
Big Ben made out of chips Credit: Prudence Staite, Love Potatoes website
The London Eye made out of chips Credit: Prudence Staite, Love Potatoes website

White 'Chips' of Dover for National Chip Week!

75 chips were used to create Stonehenge Credit: Prudence Staite, Love Potatoes website

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.

Chip shop chips and oven chips were used to create the sculptures Credit: Prudence Staite, Love Potatoes website
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