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Bottle used to ward off evil spells during 18th century witch hunts found by archaeologists

Archaeologists working on the new National Civil War Centre in Nottinghamshire say a green bottle is a symbol of widespread superstition more than 300 years ago.

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Skeleton of arthritis-suffering neolithic woman at centre of archaeological crowdfunding bid

The skeleton of Blodwen, a hardworking woman who lived in Wales 5,500 years ago, will be showcased to the public in style if a six-week, £3,000 crowdfunding appeal succeeds.

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Battle of Jutland "living legend" HMS Caroline to become museum in £11.5 million overhaul

HMS Caroline, the lone survivor of the largest naval battle of World War I, will be turned into a major museum - 90 years after she moved to Belfast Harbour.

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In Pictures: First World War fashions from the Illustrated London News archive

Browse our slideshow to get a taste of First World War fashions and clothing, as covered by the Illustrated London News, The Tatler and other illustrated magazines of the period.

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Archaeologists find remains of Roman South Yorkshire during crowdfunded back garden dig

Archaeologists in Swinton say an excavation which raised nearly £2,700 in public backing has been a "huge success", finding a cattle ditch or enclosure and Roman pottery.

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Shattered Roman "3-D puzzle" amphora found at London Bridge is restored

A 1st century Roman amphora, found during work on the Jubilee Line at London Bridge Underground Station in 1999, has been split into 126 fragments by conservation experts.

A photo of people in armour suits standing in front of large flags within a market square

Richard III cortege journey route revealed as Leicester Cathedral prepares to bury body

The remains of Richard III will visit churches and landmarks from the King's final days on a journey next March, moving from the University of Leicester to the city's cathedral.

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Archaeologists make “once-in-a-career” discovery of bronze remains of Iron Age Celtic chariot at hillfort

Archaeologists have uncovered a matching set of decorated bronze parts from a 2nd or 3rd century BC Celtic chariot at Burrough Hill Iron Age hillfort in Leicestershire.

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Scottish Viking hoard is most spectacular and largest of modern times say archaeologists

Archaeologists are hailing the find of a hoard of Viking treasure found by a metal detectorist in Scotland as the largest found in modern times.

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Portable Antiquities Scheme Wales secures funding to save more archaeologcal finds

A major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will help museums in Wales fulfil the exciting potential of new archaeological discoveries recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

Still of a black and white aerial reconnaissance film showing two blasted vehicles on a desert road

Major exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery draws on five senses to bring home conflict

The Sensory War 1914-2014 brings together artists from the Great War with later works about Vietnam, Congo, Afghanistan and the Gulf.

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Artist's Statement: Kasia Wozniak on Fashion Photography Inspired by Sherlock Holmes

In a Museum of London commission, Kasia Wozniak has used a mid-19th century plate technique to take on the work of Arthur Conan Doyle. Her work, she explains, is a kind of alchemy.

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Artist's Statement: Andrew Cross on the art of Trainspotting at the National Railway Museum

Artist Andrew Cross has created the National Railway Museum's exhibition on the phenomenon of Trainspotting. His passion, he says, is wonderfully absurd.

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Pembroke Castle reveals "largest painting in Britain" as part of new interpretation

Historic Pembroke Castle, the great Welsh fortress where Henry VII was born, is now the site of one of the country’s largest artworks, The Great Map of Wales.

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Vindolanda's Roman toilet seat inspires manufacturer to make new Thunderbox loo seat

An impressed toilet manufacturer will produce a special edition luxury seat and has pledged a cash sum towards the care of a wooden 'throne' found along Hadrian's Wall.

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