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A photo of an ancient archaeological jug

Bone fragments and burial goods of "wealthy and cosmopolitan" Roman found in North Hertfordshire village

A complete Roman jug, bone fragments in a large hexagonal bottle, a worn 2nd century bronze coin and an iron lamp are among the finds made by a metal detectorist in the village of Kelshall.

Art

a painting of beer pumps

Meet the three painters selected for the Jerwood Painting Fellowships

Francesca Bloomfield, Archie Franks and Dale Lewis have been selected by three artist-mentors for the Jerwood Painting Fellowships; meet them and their work here.

Archaeology

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Archaeologists find coins, bow brooches and bones among Iron Age and Roman discoveries in Peterborough

David Crawford-White, of Oxford Archaeology East, on the Lottery-funded search for artefacts which has inspired hundreds of people on a dig partly fuelled by cake.

History & Heritage

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Bearded men bottles could have been filled with urine and hair to ward off 17th century witches

Archaeologists in Hampshire say a set of four bottles, found during construction work on a BT building in 1981, could have contained antidotes to throw back evil spells.

Science & Nature

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Ice Age Britons were cannibals say Natural History Museum scientists

New research on human remains from Gough’s Cave in Somerset reveals how our Stone Age ancestors participated in ritual cannibalism.

Painting & Drawing

Colour reproduction of an abstract painting with greens, pinks and blues

Richard Diebenkorn makes return to Europe in overdue retrospective at Royal Academy

The American painter and former abstract expressionist, who moved from abstraction to figuration and back again, has his first show in London for almost 25 years. Mark Sheerin takes a look.

Dinosaurs & Fossils

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Scientists create first 3D skull reconstruction of tetrapod from 360 million years ago

A tetrapod which reached land around 360 million years ago has been likened to a modern crocodile by scientists who have used software techniques to scan its bones.

Royal History

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Monster, villain and clown: Richard III tried to hide scoliosis before cruel depictions were made, new research says

The king could have tried to hide his scoliosis before his body was exhibited following his death at the Battle of Bosworth, says the University of Leicester's Dr Mary Ann Lund.

Military History

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Discovery of family recipe allows RAF Museum to recreate fighter ace's favourite plum cake

The chance discovery of an old family recipe has allowed the RAF Museum to recreate the plum cake loved by First World War Royal Flying Corps fighter ace Albert Ball.

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