Stonehenge

Widow to return to Stonehenge with cardboard husband

Michelle Bourke and Paul
Michelle Bourke

An Australian woman who took a life-sized cardboard cutout of her dead husband to Stonhenge, says it's helped her come to terms with losing him.

Michelle Bourke lost Paul to cancer three years ago.

She said visiting the World Heritage Site had been special and plans to return with "cardboard Paul" in the autumn.

"I stepped off the bus and I just burst into tears, I was overcome with so much emotion," she said.

"Going to Stonehenge just changed my life, I had this amazing experience so we're coming back in September."

Stonehenge and its community

The makers and trades people of Stonehenge, whose lives are shaped by their landscape.
Helen Mark finds out how Stonehenge continues to influence and shape the next generation of makers and trades people in Amesbury and the villages around it. Helen meets a thatcher, the cob wall maker and a frame maker who are all in their own way keeping a traditional craft going. But their skills have also ended up inspiring artist Linda Brothwell who has captured their stories and their lives in her latest work. The makers have no idea what Linda has made and are going to have to wait to see the exhibits when Stonehenge hosts this very first contemporary art exhibition.
The producer is Perminder Khatkar.

Stonehenge tunnel plans move closer

Stonehenge
BBC

Plans to build a tunnel for the A303 past Stonehenge have been boosted.

Highways England said test archaeological digs on the proposed route have not uncovered anything that would stop the scheme.

The plans will now go to an examination in public, which will start later this month and last until the autumn.

Two held by border police after Stonehenge arrest

Border Agency
PA

Two men spotted clambering out of a coach's luggage compartment at Stonehenge have been arrested on suspicion of entering the UK illegally.

The men, one from Kuwait and the other from Sudan, were seen by a coach driver at the visitor centre.

The matter has now been passed to the UK Border Agency.

Hollywood film star at Stonehenge

Look what Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins got up to in Wiltshire over the Easter weekend.

View more on twitter

DNA reveals origin of Stonehenge builders

Paul Rincon

Science editor, BBC News website

Stonehenge
BBC

The ancestors of the people who built Stonehenge travelled west across the Mediterranean before reaching Britain, a study has shown.

Researchers in London compared DNA extracted from Neolithic human remains found in Britain with that of people alive at the same time in Europe.

The Neolithic inhabitants appear to have travelled from Anatolia (modern Turkey) to Iberia before winding their way north.

They reached Britain in about 4,000BC.

Details have been published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution.

DNA reveals origin of Stonehenge builders

Stonehenge
BBC

The ancestors of the people who built Stonehenge travelled west across the Mediterranean before reaching Britain, a study has shown.

Researchers in London compared DNA extracted from Neolithic human remains found in Britain with that of people alive at the same time in Europe.

Tap here to read the full story.