Megaliths and Prehistoric Archaeology

From Stonehenge and other famous megaliths to Bronze Age burial sites and hillforts, Britain's landscape is awash with pre-historic archaeology. Discover this fascinating world with Culture24 news, reviews, museum and archaeology events, listings and more...

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Bronze Age skeleton of dagger-clutching Racton Man could have been a King or priest

Amy Roberts, Collections Officer at the Novium in Chichester, introduces the Bronze Age Racton Man whose imminent analysis could hold national importance.

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Cave bodies reveal good parenting skills and caring side of Neanderthals

Bodies and tools buried in caves have revealed that Neanderthals had strong bonds with their children and cared for the disabled, elderly and sick.

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Thousands of tools found near Biggar reveal first humans in Scotland as hunters 14,000 years ago

More than 5,000 flint tools, discovered by an archaeological group near Biggar, suggest Scotland's first humans arrived 1,000 years earlier than previously thought.

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Dinosaur toe bone found in Doncaster to return home to Scarborough after 50 years

A metatarsal of a sauropod, spotted as a missing specimen in the collection at Doncaster Museum, is to return to the Rotunda collection for the first time since 1964.

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Cremated bones of Bronze Age tumour sufferer found hanging from Scottish cliff

Archaeologists investigating a cist, accompanied by a knife and food vessel within an eroding cliff on the Isle of Arran, say its remains come from a prehistoric cremation ceremony.

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Skeletons buried beneath square were malnourished London victims of Black Death

Skeletons buried beneath Farringdon belonged to 25 plague victims who were manual labourers from the 14th century - and could lead to thousands of other bodies, say scientists.

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50 million-year-old hungry caterpillar bites found by scientists in Manchester

Scientists have used an electromagnetic radiation technique 10 billion times brighter than the sun on a leaf fossil left by an epoch on the west of the US.

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Earliest evidence of Roman irrigation found by archaeologists near lost medieval village

A ridgeway found during an excavation as part of the £1 billion North West Cambridge development could have revealed Roman grapevines or asparagus beds, say archaeologists.

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British archaeologist excavates oldest human cancer sufferer in tomb by banks of the Nile

Scientists hope to explore the evolution of disease after finding a cancer-ravaged skeleton in a tomb full of grave goods in north Sudan.

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Public invited to dig deep for Dirty Weekends as Time Team star leads crowdfunded project

Returning this summer in what could be the only crowdfunded archaeology in the world, a two-week project at the 14th century Leiston Abbey hopes to help the public dig in.

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Archaeologists say Ross-shire rock art poses "tantalising" questions in northern Scotland

Hidden decorations on a boulder, hammered and ground during the Neolithic or Bronze age period, represent "a window onto a hidden world", say archaeologists.

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Archaeologists ask robber to return items and receive two-week history rehabilitation

Big Heritage say they will help a robber who stole items including a replica bog body and an iPad to escape their "crap circumstances" if they come forward.

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Last chance to see Neolithic tomb and Celtic fire-dog in Cardiff archaeological gallery

A 1st century leopard cup from Italy and examples of the earliest gold in Wales could move to St Fagans as part of a bid to give the collection greater exposure.

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Bronze Age woman suffered from tooth decay, say archaeologists digging Scottish grave

A physically active woman from around 4,000 years ago suffered from poor oral hygiene, say archaeologists investigating a grave in Cullaird Wood.

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Picture Gallery: Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story at the Natural History Museum

Neanderthals, antlers, bones and hand axes all arrive from hundreds of thousands of years ago in the Natural History Museum's soil-digging new exhibition.

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