Vandals attack Stonehenge

Souvenir-hunters have chipped a lump off Stonehenge in the first case of vandalism at the world-renowned prehistoric site in Wiltshire for decades.

The secret of Stonehenge

It is half a century since the inside of the mysterious circle was last excavated. Now a fresh dig has begun, aimed at solving a mystery which continues to baffle archaeologists

First Stonehenge dig in 44 years

Archaeologists have begun a historic dig which they hope will unravel the ancient mystery of Stonehenge, on Salisbury Plain.

'Tis the season to go mumping, by Ronald Hutton

For weeks we've been exhorting you to spend, spend, spend, but now that the presents have (with any luck) been bought and the preparations are complete, it's time to ponder the deeper meaning of Christmas. We asked our favourite writers to rant, reflect or reminisce on a festive theme. As Ronald Hutton explains, the last thing you should feel at this time of year is guilty, so sit down with a mince pie and enjoy

Class of 2006: Last year's Top 20 League Players

The bulk of the players chosen the 20 best a year outside the top flight no longer qualify as they are in the Premiership. A dozen have been promoted or transferred into the top flight, and one is in the Scottish Premier League, Kenny Miller, at Celtic. Another, Nigel Quashie, did move into the Premiership, with West Bromwich, but was relegated again. In addition, Matty Fryatt, with Walsall at the time of the survey, stepped up a level to Championship club Leicester. Of the remaining five players, two have been transferred within the Championship, to clubs whose pre-season promotion odds were shorter than the ones they left.

A genuine rags to riches tale

Raj Loomba built a successful clothing business from a market stall in Widnes. It now supplies the House of Fraser

RSPB attacks Stonehenge plan

Buy Of The Week: Bath

This exquisitely restored masterpiece bears all the hallmarks of its visionary 18th-century creator

Peaceful solstice is celebrated at Stonehenge

Stonehenge rang to the sound of jungle drums and jazz saxophone yesterday as thousands thronged the monument to mark the summer solstice.

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