An <i>IoS</i> guide to A-road Britain (Part 1)

Before motorways and satnav, families ventured forth on routes that delighted the eye, drew them into hidden history, and furnished gentle lessons in national geography and local idiosyncrasy. David Randall introduces our two-part series on the country's great roads

Found after 4,000 years: the lost wooden 'sister' of Stonehenge

Stonehenge had a previously unknown wooden "twin" just 900m to its north-west, according to remarkable new archaeological investigations.

What's the buzz this summer?

With highs of 29C and hosepipe bans imminent, summer must really be here. Pavan Amara and Daisy Jellicoe report on seasonal matters

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Rare 4,600-year-old Ontario burial lifts lid on prehistoric Canada

A 4,600-year-old burial has been discovered in a remote corner of northern Canada – and could hold the key to how ancient Canadians lived. The remarkable find has been made at the mouth of the Bug River, near Big Trout Lake, Ontario. Today the region is home to the Kitchenuhmaykoosik Inninuwug First Nation, an indigenous tribe numbering around 1,200.

It's official... summer's here

Thousands of revellers gathered at Stonehenge in the early hours yesterday to watch dawn break on the longest day of the year.

20,000 gather at Stonehenge for Solstice

Thousands of Summer Solstice revellers gathered at Stonehenge to watch dawn break on the longest day of the year.

Cuts felt from the South Bank to Stonehenge

Cuts to public spending were announced by Whitehall yesterday in a bid to reduce the nation's overdraft.

World's oldest leather shoe discovered in Armenia

A 5,500-year-old leather shoe – complete with laces – has been unearthed in cave in Armenia.

Follow the sea to St Ives on this prettiest of trails

Walk of the month: Could this walk along Cornwall's coast be one of the UK's most delightful short hikes, asks Mark Rowe

Is Stonehenge worth &pound;51m? Doing the maths on the famous stone circle

Here’s a novel suggestion for how the government can help reduce the massive public deficit: sell Stonehenge. A survey of 500 estate agents, among other monuments studied, has placed the price of the ancient stone circle at a cool £51 million. It’s a drop in the ocean of the £156 billion gap between government income and expenditure. But it’s a start.

Crop circle season arrives with a mathematical message

It is perhaps little known that the beautiful county of Wiltshire, famed for Stonehenge and the white horses carved into its hills, is the most active area for crop circles in the world, with nearly 70 appearing in its fields in 2009.

Laser survey uncovers ancient Mayan City of Caracol

Researchers using NASA laser technology have discovered thousands of new ancient structures at the Mayan city of Caracol, Belize. The data, which would have taken 25 years to collect using traditional archaeological methods, was gathered in only four days by using a technique called LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging).

Pagan Police Officers granted days off for religious festival

Britain's pagan policemen and women have been given the right to take time off to celebrate their ancient festivals. The Pagan Police Association (PPA) has been recognised as a 'diversity staff support organisation' by the Home Office, a move which has polarised the force.

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