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Archaeologists find "fantastic" wooden butter churn and stakes used by Pagan tribe in medieval Staffordshire

Archaeologists who have moved hundreds of thousands of tonnes of earth during a Network Rail dig say they have found artefacts from the time of the Staffordshire Hoard.

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Archaeologists to search York stadium for temporary camps set up by Roman armies at outpost

A community dig is about to be launched at Huntington Stadium, a site where archaeologists found evidence of two 2nd century Roman camps more than ten years ago.

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Competition: Win a copy of Marked for Death: The First World War in the Air

Enter our competition to win a copy of the new book by the Whitbread Prize-winning author James Hamilton-Paterson.

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The 1,500-year-old recipe that shows how Romans invented the beef burger

A discovery in a Roman recipe book shows that burgers aren't modern inventions - instead, they're a form of street food that has developed over the centuries.

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Most European men are descended from three Bronze Age forefathers say scientists

Scientists say they have found evidence that a population surge of males between 2,000 and 4,000 years ago provides evidence that most European men are descended from just three Bronze Age......

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French Eagles captured at Waterloo reunited at the National Museum of Scotland

Two Napoleonic Eagles captured at the battle of Waterloo have been reunited for a new display at the National Museum Scotland.

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Archaeologists find shoe, finger ring and whorl in "extremely dirty" conditions at Roman fort

Site Director Andrew Birley says the dig team at Vindolanda have worked in grim conditions to discover a rewarding range of Roman artefacts during their first eight weeks of excavations this year.

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Archaeologists put Roman gateway on wishlist after finding ancient water tank at Vindolanda fort

The new season of excavations at Vindolanda, the Roman auxiliary fort south of Hadrian's Wall, have seen archaeologists battle snow and rain to find bones, hairpins and more.

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A Magna Carta for the common(s) people: Cornelia Parker's Wikipedia Embroidery unveiled at British Library

Cornelia Parker’s major embroidery installation of Magna Carta is about to go on display at the British Library - here's a sneak preview.

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Archaeologists investigate mystery of young Civil War woman buried in unusual grave in Oxford

Carl Champness, of Oxford Archaeology, says the "wild theories" surrounding a woman buried in a garden during the 17th century could have overlooked a plague outbreak.

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DNA testing on ancient skeleton reveals leprosy may have spread to Britain from Scandinavia

A team of archaeologists studying a 1,500-year-old male skeleton, excavated at Great Chesterford in Essex in the 1950s, have found evidence suggesting leprosy may have spread to Britain from......

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