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A photo of a digital image of the earth focusing on the Doggerland archaeological area

Lost Ice Age lands beneath North Sea to be repopulated in €2.5 million archaeology project

Scientists hope to find out how our ancestors moved from hunter-gathering into farming by visiting the lost Ice Age landscape of Doggerland, which is almost the size of Ireland.

A photo of the skull and teeth of a skeleton found by archaeologists at Durham Cathedral and believed to date from the Battle of Dunbar

Durham skeletons were pipe-smoking young prisoners of war kept in cathedral after Battle of Dunbar

Radiocarbon dating on dozens of skeletons found at Durham's Palace Green in 2013 has revealed the bodies belonged to Scots battling Oliver Cromwell, say archaeologists.

A photo of archaeologists digging a dark brown pit of a Stone Age campsite in the North Pennines

Archaeologists find Stone Age campsite where hunters fished and foraged on Teesside

Archaeologists who saw a crowd of stones sticking out of eroding peat at a nature reserve say they have retrieved 1,500 pieces of a Stone Age campsite, ranging from Mesolithic objects to industrial......

A photo of people carrying out archaeological excavations in a large green park as part of a community dig in Blacon

Archaeologists work with public health team at Chester site mentioned in Domesday Book

Archaeologists and residents of Blacon, a suburb of Chester, have begun examining one of the area’s oldest sites in a health-friendly community project.

A photo of a set of bones found by police near Hertford Library and given to Hertford Museum

"Presumably someone just panicked": Hertford Museum to rebury bones retrieved by police

Assistant Curator Sarah Keeling describes the discovery of a set of bones from around 500 years ago outside Hertford's library.

A photo of a circular coin showing a carving of the Hiberno-Scandinavian ruler Sihtric Anlafsson, declared treasure in Wales

Rare Viking treasures: See the silver of Scandinavian and English kings found in Wales

See the hoard discovered by a metal detectorist in Llandwrog in March, including pennies produced in Dublin under the Hiberno-Scandinavian ruler Sihtric Anlafsson.

A photo of a gold archaeological ring found at Hundleton and declared treasure at National Museum Wales

Mourning rings honouring post-medieval dead, emblazoned with skulls and crosses, declared archaeological treasure in Wales

Find out about an early post-medieval ring emblazoned with death's stylized skull, a silver ring from the 15th or early 16th century and a finger ring displaying a bezel of facets.

A photo of the folded ensign of HMS Warspite in a box

Fragile ensigns from Battle of Jutland unfurled at Portsmouth National Museum of Royal Navy

Ensigns from the First World War Battle of Jutland, some damaged in battle, have been unveiled together at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth for the first time since 1916.

A photo of an ancient carved grey stone showing the Ryhnie Man of Aberdeen

Archaeologists in search for 1,500 year-old axe-wielding Rhynie Man in Scotland

Aberdeenshire’s oldest man, an axe carrying figure preserved in a six-foot Pictish stone, is being pursued with a dig in the village where high-status figures lived during the 5th or 6th centuries.

A photo of a small silver knight's head against a green vintage bus at Greater Manchester Transport Museum

"It may be on sale on eBay": Museum appeals to Manchester public to help find stolen "knight in shining armour"

A museum is appealing to the public to help track down "heartless" thieves who stole a precious four-inch high silver bust of a knight’s head from a locked cabinet.

A photo of a man and a woman posing in a fragrance advert as part of an exhibition on Henry the eighth at York's Barley Hall

Décapitation perfume inspired by Catherine Howard indiscretions aims to turn museum visitors into "virile Tudor males"

A perfume dubbed Décapitation, honouring Catherine Howard, Henry VIII's allegedly unfaithful fifth wife, has been launched in York.

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