History & Heritage

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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 history has been revealed.

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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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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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British archaeologists in bid to protect precious sites threatened by conflict in Middle East and Africa

Experts in Oxford and Leicester are about to launch a project which will use satellite imagery and Google Earth photos to create an open-access database of at-risk archaeological sites in the Middle......

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New memorial wall will remember 736 men lost with Lord Kitchener on HMS Hampshire in 1916

A commemorative wall bearing the names of all 736 men lost when HMS Hampshire sank during the First World War is to be built around Orkney's Kitchener Memorial.

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Archaeologists find layout of hidden medieval town beneath car park site in Dudley

12th century pottery and the remains of a medieval town have been found by archaeologists carrying out work as part of a proposed £2.5 million car park in the West Midlands town.

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Blackouts, Zeppelin raids and peace: New Scars on the City exhibition shows Edinburgh in World War I

Cigarette cards used to teach young people about the war and photos from the bombing raids the city endured are part of a new exhibition at the Museum of Edinburgh.

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Desert tribes lived in sophisticated villages and were skilled metalworkers, says archaeologist

Professor David Mattingly, of the University of Leicester, says the early medieval expansion of trade and settlement built on the work of a prehistoric tribe called the Garamantes.

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