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Thousands of people joined druids and pagans who gathered together to celebrate the Winter Solstice at Stonehenge, the shortest day and longest night of the year.

Prehistorical Notes: Homo erectus - `a dim-witted fellow'?

THE GREAT thing about human prehistory is that it changes at such a rapid pace. If it's the thrill of the new that you want, the relics of our distant ancestors are certainly a better bet for excitement than the music industry or the literary scene. Genuinely new waves in the arts are few and far between, and the froth whipped up instead is a poor substitute. It is extremely rare to encounter an artistic work which makes the world look really different. Yet the shape of the prehistoric world will bend almost as one watches it, and dramatic discoveries are announced every few months.

Prehistoric iceman liked to eat goats

THE PREHISTORIC iceman found in the Alps in 1991 was a meat- eater and not a vegan, as previous research suggested.

Barometer: Nice Neanderthals

It may be a popular term of abuse, but "Neanderthal" derives, of course, from the type of primitive hominid whose remains were first discovered in the Neander valley, Germany, in 1856. Ever since, we've thought that the Neanderthals were unrelated to us humans. But just look at this reconstruction of Neanderthal domesticity provided by the Natural History Museum. Flintstones-like, the scene has much resonance for Homo sapiens, with its quarrelling juveniles and Mr Neanderthal's garment of choice, a tasselled suede jacket.

Corner stones of history a `myth'

ONE OF the most famous odysseys of prehistoric man may never have happened.

Men let off the hook by banishing blame

Defending the Caveman: Apollo Theatre London

Win Gogs artwork and videos

The prehistoric, award-winning, claymation family arrives on video. A "quiet" day in the cave - spent arguing, as usual - is brought to an abrupt end as an earthquake destroys the entire valley. The Gogs escape the devastation only to watch from afar as their beloved home is swallowed by the earth. But salvation could be at hand in the form of a large star which they believe will guide them to a new home...

Open Eye: There's no business like skull business

Yvonne Cook meeets an OU academic who has just added an unusual new product to his range of replica fossils and other artifacts

Books: Why the Romans were so heavy

The Modern Antiquarian

Travel: Where tyrannosaurus rex lurks in Norfolk

One of the world's largest collections of roaring, life-size dinosaur models fires the imagination of Emma Haughton's children

Lords warned on reform

TONY BLAIR ordered a cabinet offensive yesterday over Lords reform, as Tory hereditary peers mounted a fightback at the end of a marathon two-day debate.

Prehistoric canoe found in quarry

ONE OF the largest prehistoric dugout canoes found in Britain has been unearthed - but was broken up by quarry workers men before they realised what it was.

Broader Picture: Sindy sees Action

"GOD, BUT you're lovely," he breathed.

THE TRUTH ABOUT...;

EARTH AS NATURE intended is hard-packed, inhospitable stuff, crammed with nasty stones. Earth as builders intended will also contain half-bricks and chunks of concrete. Tender little plants don't appreciate anything but soft, aerated loam. So new borders must be prepared with all the care exercised by parents fitting out the nursery for their first-born child.

Scotland: In the kingdom of Dalriada

From standing stones to medieval ruins and an incongruous Eighties marina: Gus Macleod makes tracks through an ancient land on Scotland's west coast.

LETTER : Lost mystery of Stonehenge

Sir: The great majority of people see Stonehenge only from the A303. Children going to the West Country look forward to the sight. To cut-and- cover this road, as recommended by Professor Buchanan (letter, 20 June) and thus prevent anyone from seeing this view is outrageous. To use public money, whether Lottery or otherwise, to do this work in order that the stones can only be viewed by making a payment (perhaps to a private firm) is highly improper.
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