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Festival of Archaeology 2014: The story of an early Bronze Age lunula found in Dorset

Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen, the Finds Liaison Officer for Dorset, tells Culture24 about landowners chucking cows out of fields and neck rings found in grave settings.

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Imperial War Museum reopens with ground-breaking interactive First World War gallery

Imperial War Museum's new First World War gallery, which has reopened following a £40 million overhaul, is a major step forward in museum exhibitions, writes Richard Moss.

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Archaeologists invite public to see walls, floors, buckles and spoons at medieval manor

Owned by the Archbishops of Canterbury before the English Reformation, Headstone Manor is holding an open day to the public following a month-long archaeological excavation.

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Six stories from Brighton Museum's War Stories: Voices from the First World War

Spouses who fell in love at military hospitals and soldiers in Iraq who filled scrapbooks with cricket scores are among the World War I stories in Brighton, reveals curator Jody East.

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Original copies of Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights to be displayed on 800th anniversary of Magna Carta

Next year, two of the most significant documents of American history will be for the on display for the first time in the UK.

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Festival of Archaeology 2014: An Iron Age comb, medieval matrix and Bronze Age vessel

Angie Bolton, the Finds Liaison Officer for Worcestershire, picks a beautifully-decorated comb, a magic seal and an "unglamorous" sherd as three of her favourite discoveries.

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Curator's Choice: An undercoat worn by a First World War soldier at Brighton Museum

Left on a grandmother's sideboard for years, a coat at Brighton Museum's new War Stories display is part of the story of two brothers who died on the Somme a century ago.

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Festival of Archaeology: Julian Watters on pickaxes, brooches, dogs and Roman cups

The Finds Liaison Officer for Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire picks four of his favourite discoveries, including a 1st century vessel and a figurine in the form of a seated dog.

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Every object tells a story: Imperial War Museum's new atrium promises new creative displays

More than 400 objects will go on display in the Imperial War Museum's new central atrium, including dozens never been seen before, when it re-opens on July 19.

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Hacked Roman legs and jawbones come from brutal Boudiccan battles, say archaeologists

Phil Crummy, of the Colchester Archaeological Trust, gives Culture24 the latest on a set of sliced-off 2,000-year-old bones found at a department store excavation.

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I Scored a Goal in the World Cup Final: Jairzinho

As part of photographer Michael Donald's award-winning series, Brazil legend Jairzinho reflects on his goal in the 1970 World Cup final.

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Curator's Choice: Legendary goalkeeper Robert 'Pom Pom' Whiting's World War I story

Historian Tim Carder tells us the tragic tale of Bob Whiting, whose life is part of the new War Stories: Voices from the First World War exhibition at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.

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Archaeologists plan Roman shrine excavation in Wiltshire as Wessex Gallery opens

Ahead of the opening of the new gallery and the start of the Festival of Archaeology, Finds Liaison Officer Richard Henry tells us about a few finds.

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Competition: Win a copy of new Taschen book The Age of Innocence - Football in the 1970s

From politics to sideburns, The Age of Innocence is a tribute to an unforgettable era in the beautiful game. Win a copy of the beautiful book here.

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Sling-shots and shamen: The archaeological enigma of Pictish painted pebbles

Stonemason Robbie Arthur and researcher Jenny Murray tell us about a conundrum of decorated, beach-worn quartz pebbles dating to the first millennium AD.

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