UPDATE: A controversial plan to build a tunnel under the world’s most famous prehistoric monument has been stopped. A British judge ordered the UK government to cancel the proposed tunnel at Stonehenge, the Neolithic monument in Southern England. The proposals, lambasted by the court, included tunnel entrances within the World Heritage site.
The decision is a victory for activists who argued the project could mean the loss of important archaeological treasures yet to be uncovered at the site, which is estimated to be about 5,000 years old. The tunnel was supposed to speed up traffic on a major road going past the iconic stone circle that draws tourists by the millions, and Pagan and Neo-Druid worshippers.
The British government says it will abide by the court’s decision and will consider its next move. UNESCO — the United Nations global heritage preservation body — had warned it might withdraw the site’s World Heritage status if the work went ahead.