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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.

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Archaeologists reveal prehistoric roots of urban life in Britain

Excavation lays bare the home of pre-Roman sophisticates in Oxfordshire

Obituary: Professor Dragoslav Srejovic

To historians interested in ancient civilisations of south- eastern Europe, Dragoslav Srejovic was known as "the archaeologist with golden fingers".

Letter: UK forgetting noble vision behind Europe

Sir: Andrew Marr went straight to the core of the European debate ("We're having the wrong arguments", 4 December). Time is running out. Nationalism, that prehistoric monster, is gathering followers in Austria and France, and the "skinhead nationalists", as someone called the more rabid Euro-sceptics within the Government, may be tarred with the same brush. Of course we all have some nagging misgivings about our future, even the more federalist among us; but there is no alternative.

Module behaviour

How does the mind work? Colin Tudge explains The Pre-History of the Mind by Steven Mithen, Thames & Hudson, pounds 16.95 The Pre-History of Sex by Tim Taylor, Fourth Estate, pounds 18.99

Prehistoric find to be sacrificed for gravel

Unique Bronze Age bridges are to disappear under a man-made lake for rowers, writes David Keys

Obituary: Professor Stuart Piggott

Stuart Piggott was the last of the generation who created the discipline of prehistoric archaeology in Britain, and who exercised a profound influence on its development on a wider European and, indeed, world stage. The friendships and rivalries of Piggott, Grahame Clark, Cyril Fox, Glyn Daniel, Mortimer Wheeler, Richard Atkinson and Christopher Hawkes patterned the development of the subject for 40 years of astounding achievement.

Letter: Hedges older than history

Sir: Your leading article on hedges (29 August) lends support to what the historian Oliver Rackham has called "the Enclosure-Act Myth, the notion that the countryside is not merely an artefact, but a very recent one". As he says in the preface to The History of the Countryside, "This notion is quite prevalent even among Ministers of Agriculture, and exerts its defeatist influence against the conservation of the landscape."

A chronicle of ancient sunlight

Stations of the Sun by Ronald Hutton Oxford University Press, pounds 19.99; Why mistletoe? Why morris dancing?

Something missing on giant's big day

Where there was once a large appendage, there is now a heart. The most celebrated detail of the famously well-endowed Cerne Abbas Giant was prominent only by its absence yesterday, when 1,000 children recreated the chalk image in north-west London.

LETTERS: Real kids

In his review of the film Kids, Ben Thompson comments on a lack of "the odd moment of excitement" (Real Life, 19 May). What did he expect? It is simply meant to give a fly-on-the-wall view of 24 hours in the life of American youth. What is most striking is its realism. I felt it portrayed exactly the type of lifestyle many young people are party to.

Plea to President

Plea to President

Obituary: Jacquetta Hawkes

It was at the age of nine, and while still at her dame school, that Jacquetta Hawkes wrote an essay announcing her intention to become an archaeologist.

Archaeologists join battle against proposed Newbury bypass

MORE than 200 archaeologists joined the battle against the proposed Newbury bypass yesterday with a hilltop rally at nearby Donnington Castle, Berkshire, that led to angry scenes. They say the Government did not consult them properly about the project and fear that prehistoric sites will be destroyed. David Rendel, MP for Newbury, was shouted down when he tried to address them. Above: a man dressed as King Arthur addresses the meeting.

Sharks surface after 500 million years

Fossil remains of fish dating back nearly 500 million years have been discovered by a team of British researchers. The finds, millions of years older than any previously found, consist of fossilised scales from prehistoric sharks and an early jawless fish called a thelodont.
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