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Remains of suspected family of medieval knight found at former surgical hospital in Edinburgh

Archaeologists working at a 13th century Blackfriar's monastery say their skeleton count has reached double figures as an adult female, four infants and a skull surface.

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Body of young woman who had Charles I shilling placed over eye found in shallow Oxford grave

Archaeologists helping to create a new quad for a college in Oxford say they are unsure why a young woman would have been buried in a gardening area during the 17th century.

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Winchester museums acquire comprehensive collection of local archaeological artefacts

A remarkable private collection of local archaeological finds has been acquired for Winchester's museums by Hampshire Cultural Trust.

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Archaeologists use underwater wheat to show how British Mesolithic farmers were linked to Europe

Hunter-gatherers off the south coast of Britain had extensive trade links with farmers in southern Europe 8,000 years ago, say archaeologists who believe a "new chapter" in British and European......

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Manchester Museum to reveal more secrets of the Easter Island statues

New research into the great stone maoi of the Pacific Island of Rapa Nui is about to be revealed when Manchester Museum opens a new exhibition about the Easter Island statues.

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Best-preserved Magna Carta goes on show at Salisbury Cathedral for Magna Carta 800

Salisbury Cathedral’s copy of Magna Carta is re-housed in a dramatic new display for their Magna Carta: Spirit of Justice, Power of Words exhibition opening for Magna Carta 800.

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"Like opening a tin can": The story behind the lead coffin found in Richard III's friary

Site Director Matthew Morris on opening up the coffin of the mystery woman found in the Leicester friary where Richard III's body was discovered.

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Archaeologists open coffin of elderly woman found near Richard III's grave in Leicester friary

The first intact medieval stone coffin in Leicester contained a crucifix and had a holy position close to high altar, say archaeologists who are speculating that the woman's name could have been......

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Medieval skeletons found in York could have been executed criminals or Lancastrian soldiers

A dozen bodies have been found on Tadcaster Road in York, where convicted criminals were executed until the early 19th century.

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Dozens of scientists conserve Britain's oldest brain from face-down skull in Iron Age pit

A quantity of bright yellow spongy material caught archaeologists by surprise in York in 2009, giving a team of 34 specialists the chance to conserve ancient brain tissue.

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Underwater archaeologists on why Mesolithic Britons were 2,000 years ahead of their time

Two members of the archaeological team, Professor Vince Gaffney and Dr Robin Allaby, on the project which has revealed the farming links of people off the south coast 8,000 years ago.

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Gold hair-ring worn by high-status figure shows value of metal in Bronze Age Wales, say archaeologists

A gold hair-ring and a set of copper ingots found on farm land come from around 3,000 years ago, say archaeologists at National Museum Wales.

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Archaeologists compare site to Pompeii after finding Bodica tombstone in Cirencester

Neil Holbrook, of Cotswold Archaeology, says the discovery of a Roman inscription in Gloucestershire is "without doubt" the highlight of his archaeological career.

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Book that helped Henry VIII annul his marriage and challenge the Pope discovered in Cornwall

A book that helped Henry VIII to build his case against the Pope and annul his marriage to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, has been discovered at the National Trust’s Lanhydrock in Cornwall.

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Great Expectations: Adam Chodzko sends artworks to B&Q, a pumping station and the Guildhall in Kent

A tool chest given to his son by a cabinet-maker in 1796 is the key element of the Great Expectations project in Kent. But DIY shopping, a bus station, outer space and the Medway all play their part.

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