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New analysis says Stonehenge treasures were made by children

A new analysis of prehistoric artefacts found near Stonehenge suggests that children as young as ten were blinded by the ultra fine microscopic gold craftwork used in the making burial gift decorations.

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Archaeologists find 2,000-year-old foal skull and skeleton of Roman woman in Buckinghamshire

A skull has been found near a Roman road as part of a major excavation carried out at Aston Clinton by Buckinghamshire County Council and University of Leicester archaeologists.

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Historic Scotland appeals for referendum calm as heritage sites host yes and no campaigns

Authorities have been forced to remove banners from Arthur's Seat, the extinct volcano overlooking the Scottish Parliament, as the independence referendum nears.

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Tank Museum reflects on brush with Brad Pitt as Fury gets set for London Film Festival

Fury, which opens next month and will close the BFI's London Film Festival, will star a Tiger Tank and a Sherman, borrowed from the Tank Museum and filmed in Oxfordshire.

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Curator's Choice: A Junkers Ju 87 Stuka aerial stolen by schoolboys during the Battle of Britain

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum curator David Coxon on an unlikely souvenir purloined by children from a German Stuka dive bomber downed during the Battle of Britain.

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National Portrait Gallery researchers reveal 'airbrushed' Elizabeth I in X-ray of portrait

The NPG's new Tudor portraits exhibition reveals how X-rays of a portrait of Elizabeth I show how the Queen's portrait was overpainted and prettified in the eighteenth century.

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Open competition lets London homeowners make their house a National Trust property

In an open competition with four £1,000 prizes, house-proud Londoners are being given the chance to make their home the National Trust's 13th property in the capital.

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"Lost house" destroyed by 17th century Civil War Royalists found on Nottinghamshire pipeline

Archaeologists will rebury and preserve two stone walls in a dramatic first discovery at Kelham, in Nottinghamshire, during water pipeline work.

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Royal Armouries prepares its revolutionary Victorian 64-pounder gun for a rare firing

The Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson is preparing its great Victorian 64-pounder Rifle Muzzle Loading gun for a rare firing later this month.

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Stonehenge "may never be the same again" as new digital map reveals stunning hidden archaeology

A host of previously unknown archaeological monuments have been discovered around Stonehenge thanks to an unprecedented digital mapping project.

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Archaeologists find remains of German Messerchmitt downed during Battle of Britain dogfight

Service personnel and archaeologists working on an innovative archaeology programme have unearthed the remains of a Messerschmitt Bf 110 at Lulworth in Dorset.

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Artist's Statement: Jessica Collett on feminism, fluff and Tudor Queens

The young playwright Jessica Collett discusses the "immeasurable" Tudor impact as she prepares to open her play, Mother, Crone, Maiden, at Liverpool's Bluecoat gallery.

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Bath's version of Great British Bake Off to support £19.3 million Abbey campaign

The public are being invited to take part in a day of baking and fine food, launching a campaign to restore Bath Abbey's floor in the home city of Bake Off judge Mary Berry.

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UK Prefab Museum battles for survival with Kickstarter campaign

A living museum in a prefab in Catford is using a kickstarter campaign so it can stay open and celebrate post-war life through art, archives and the sharing of memories.

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Campaigners call on Channel 4 to create Time Team special for archaeologist Mick Aston

Lee Brady, whose petition has earned thousands of signatures in support of an episode in honour of the Time Team hero, says the programme should hold a tribute dig.

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