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A photo of an archaeological ball with a gold coin coming out of it

Hoards: The Hidden History of Ancient Britain revealed in amazing archaeology at the British Museum

The centerpiece of the British Museum's major new exhibition on archaeological finds, opening next month, will be the enormous Frome hoard pot. Other amazing discoveries are all part of the show.

A photo of two large mud-covered coins from the Jersey archaeological Hoard

Museum prepares to strike gold in public phase of conservation for Jersey's Le Catillon II Hoard

Archaeologists in Jersey are preparing to carefully extract a layer of gold jewellery in a specially-constructed laboratory at La Hougue Bie Museum, in the Jersey parish of Grouville.

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Myths made by medieval monks could have clouded archaeologists' search for King Arthur's grave, says team investigating Glastonbury Abbey

The medieval monks who restored Glastonbury Abbey during the 12th century "clouded the judgement" of later archaeologists by crafting legends, say researchers at the site.

A photo of a skeleton of a woman laid out at the Museum of London

DNA results on Roman Londoners show culturally diverse population from North Africa and beyond

Detailed DNA analysis of four Roman Londoners, released by the Museum of London, have created the first multidisciplinary study of the inhabitants of a city anywhere in the Roman Empire.

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Late medieval artefact found in Llanbadoc declared as treasure, could have belonged to knight

A Welsh or English knight could have owned a sword from more than 300 years ago found by a metal detectorist near the River Usk.

A photo of an illustration from the Lewis Carroll book Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland at the British Library: From Disney to counter-culture, an exhibition steeped in history

On the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's beloved novel, the British Library celebrates the author and the many interpretations of the story through the years in an exhibition of timelessness, says ......

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Secrets of the Temple: Tantric Buddhism at the Wellcome Collection

Tibet's Secret Temple uncovers the mysteries of Tantric Buddhism and the rich history of yogic and meditation practices. Here are some stories from the new show at London's Wellcome Collection.

A black and white photo of explorer James Wordie wearing glasses with a thick beard

Relatives of Shackleton explorer retrace Antarctic journey to fund digitisation of his diaries

Next week, a dozen relatives of James Wordie - the Chief Scientific Officer on Sir Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic expedition in 1915 - will follow in his footsteps, raising money to digitise his......

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Two Temple Place Winter Exhibition to explore Beauty and the Body in Ancient Egypt

The Gothic interior of Two Temple Place in London will be hosting an exhibition of regional museum treasures exploring appearance and identity in the life and death of Ancient Egyptians.

A close up photo of a red book once owned by the Bronte family

Public floggings, embezzlements and shocks: Unpublished Charlotte Brontë manuscripts bought by museum

A shipwreck-surviving book owned by the Brontë’s mother, including a set of unpublished manuscripts by Charlotte Brontë, has been bought by The Brontë Society.

A photo of a piece of prehistoric human bone found in a cave in Georgia

13,000-year-old hunter-gatherer bone in Georgian cave reveals "major new piece in human jigsaw", say scientists

Zoologists have used a human right temporal bone from more than 13,000 years ago to pinpoint a new "fourth strand" of ancestry in pre and post-Ice Age Europeans.

A photo of a series of archaeological fossil remains in the shape of coloured teeth

Species "undiscovered" after Natural History Museum CT scans mouse-sized mid-Jurassic fossil found on Isle of Skye

A lucky discovery of a mouse-sized Jurassic fossil, found on a rock during an otherwise-uneventful trip to Scotland by a group of researchers, has resulted in the “undiscovery” of two species.

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