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Thousands gather for Stonehenge summer solstice

Thousands gather for Stonehenge summer solstice
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Damp, overcast conditions failed to deter thousands of people from gathering at one of the UK’s oldest sites to celebrate the summer solstice.

Led by druids, some 18,000 neo-pagans, new agers and curious visitors watched the sunrise over Stonehenge in the west of England.

Worshippers were allowed to walk up to the stones and touch them. Normally they are out of bounds.

Academics are still divided over whether the 4,500-year-old henge was a temple, a burial ground or a site for astronomy.

But it may be one of the first examples of European collaboration. Tests on ancient remains found there have indicated a boy buried at the site more than three thousand years ago had grown up around the Mediterranean.