The Summer Solstice celebrations at one of the UK’s most famous monuments, Stonehenge, were cancelled this year and people were invited to watch a streamed video via the English Heritage Facebook page instead for sunrise between 04.30 and 04.55. Over 3m viewers participated in the livestream but sadly, the cloudy weather dampened the overall effect since the sun couldn’t be seen. However, a consortium of British Universities have made an exciting announcement about the discovery of a major new prehistoric monument less than two miles away from Stonehenge which more than makes up for the disappointing start to Summer. The discovery consists of 20 or more massive prehistoric shafts – more than 10 metres wide and five metres deep – which form a vast circle more than two kilometres in diameter around the Durrington Walls henge. The breakthrough was made with the use of multi-disciplinary techniques which included the use of remote sensing and environmental science.

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Article published in Current Archeology in 2016 about the ongoing work at Durrington Walls which has more detailed background information: