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Celebrating the summer solstice

At 2309 last night the sun reached its maximum height from the northern hemisphere - the summer solstice happened.

But Mike Parker Pearson, Professor of Archaeology at the University of Sheffield, says that actually the winter solstice seems to have been "far more important" in Neolithic times, a kind of "Neolithic Christmas", he says.

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