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A photo of a set of bones of scottish soldiers discovered in durham

Deprivation and deportation: What the teeth of the soldiers found in a mass grave in Durham can tell us

The teeth of the soldiers discovered in a mass grave in Durham have already given experts an idea of what their lives were like, says Dr Pam Graves of Durham University.

A photo of a series of bones from scottish soldiers found at durham university

"These are men who fought and died together": Dismembered soldiers found in mass grave to be reburied in Durham

The separated remains of thousands of soldiers killed at the Battle of Dunbar, one of the shortest and most brutal battles of the 17th century civil war, will be reburied in Durham.

A photo of a silver 18th century platter

This test platter was used for group masturbation by an 18th and 19th century gentlemen's club

The Beggar's Benison was a gentlemen's club fully known as The Most Ancient and Most Puissant Order of the Beggar's Benison and Merryland, Anstruther. They carried out a bizarre act on this platter.

a photo of a large outdoor archaeological site on the coast of Scotland's Ness of Brodgar

A huge mysterious structure has been discovered under the largest Neolithic rubbish dump in Scotland

A mysterious ten-metre wide structure and a set of huge slabs have been discovered in one of the final trenches dug at a historic site on an Orkney ness.

A photo of Roman pottery found at a site in Scotland

Archaeologists might have found a Roman oven at a former fort annexe in Scotland

A Roman socketed bolt-head, ox-goad, hobnails and a possible oven have been discovered by archaeologists at Camelon, a former Roman fort near Falkirk.

A century-old First World War minesweeper lies well preserved at the bottom of the sea off the Dorset coast

A minesweeper which remained undiscovered on the seabed off St Alban's Head for 100 years has been granted protected status by the Department for Culture Media and Sport.

A photo of a human skeleton from the museum of london collection

Britain's dug-up skeletons show signs of syphilis, rickets and the plague. Now they're going on tour

Some of the bones from the Museum of London's 20,000-skeleton collection are going on tour alongside other bodies from burial grounds in Scotland. They lived with diseases, wounds and fractures.

An overhead photo of archaeology work at an outdoor world war two trench system

Archaeologists have found an officers' toilet in a replica German trench made in the Hampshire countryside in World War One

The "Bedlam Trenches" - designed a century ago to replicate the German systems at the Battle of the Somme - have been excavated by Wessex Archaeology during an intense two-week dig.

A photo of a large shipwreck on sand on a sunny day in devon

Three of England's oldest shipwrecks can still be seen on sand and mud in Devon

A medieval fishing boat and two 18th century merchant ships on sand and mud have been given protected status by English Heritage.

Hunter-gatherer bones at unique Scottish site of human remains shows enduring appeal of prehistoric marine diet

The bones of six hunter-gatherers found on a small island in the Inner Hebrides show that people kept up a coastal diet even after the arrival of agriculture in England after 4000 BC.

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