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Archaeologists find 2,000-year-old wooden toilet seat used by Romans at Vindolanda fort

The only surviving wooden Roman toilet seat in Britain has been found in perfectly-preserved condition at the former fort of Vindolanda, near Hadrian's Wall.

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Museum of Archaeology opens Living on the Hills: 10,000 Years of Durham exhibition

Tools, cup, bowls, everyday objects, art and architecture range from prehistory to Roman and Medieval objects in Durham - many of them found during 1970s excavations.

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Game of Thrones' Dolorous Edd proves he's a chipper chap for Hadrian's Wall exhibition

He might be a taciturn figure on the HBO series Game of Thrones, but 'Dolorous Edd' actor Ben Crompton showed he was game for a laugh along Hadrian's Wall this week.

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WallQuest volunteer archaeology project makes two important finds on Hadrian's Wall

The WallQuest community excavations on Hadrian's Wall have uncovered a bath and a collapsed wall, helping to unlock the secrets of the building and the history of the Wall.

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Schoolboys find Britain's earliest gold and 4,300-year-old grave of high-status mystery maker

An "exotic" and "special" gold seeker who was among Britain's first metal workers and a Copper Age head tress linked to Stonehenge are the surprise finds at a North Pennines farm.

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Curator's Choice: A feathered brisé fan carried by ladies of the 1920s

Emma Davison, from Tyne and Wear Museums, delves into the costume stores to find a fan first made popular during the early 19th century.

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Archaeologists find baths of "sociable" Romans and early evidence of Christianity

An unusually early Christian silver ring, a bath with a bread oven and butchered animal bones are among the finds at a site near Bishops Auckland revealing 1,800 years of history.

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Happy birthday Discovery Museum: Pictures from Newcastle's home of history past

Who knew that Tyneside's most popular history venue used to have a different name and live in a former bacon warehouse? The Discovery Museum celebrates 80 years.

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Competition: Win tickets to see Dizzee Rascal, Maximo Park and more at Split Festival

The Cribs, Super Furry Animals' Gruff Rhys and Tom Vek are among the acts you could be seeing at Sunderland's biggest two-day music festival. We've got tickets to give away.

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Archaeologists hit the jackpot first time with Roman bath find at Segedunum Roman Fort

Archaeologists have discovered a bath house during their first dig on the site of a former Roman fort and pub at the end of Hadrian's Wall.

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Roman gold coin find: Poisonings, arson, death and singing in the life of Emperor Nero

Professor Andrew Birley, the Director of Excavations at the site where an incredibly rare coin bearing Nero's images was found, on the life of the Emperor.

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Archaeologists hail "magical moment" as rare Roman gold coin found at Vindolanda

After decades of searching along Hadrian's Wall, volunteer archaeologist Marcel Albert has found a gold coin which experts say is a discovery less likely than winning the lottery.

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Artist's Statement: Glassworks dedicated to a survivor of World War I and Nazi Germany

Terri Harper on the screen-printed glass in Sunderland dedicated to her great-aunt, Ethel, who fled Australia a century ago, moved to Jersey and survived a concentration camp.

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From Israel and Palestine to Derby and Newcastle: New exhibitions on football's soul

A celebration of the black and white world of Newcastle United is at the Discovery Museum, while Quad has The Pride and The Passion. Here are a few pictures from both.

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Archaeologists hope to discover more Roman writing tablets at Vindolanda Roman Fort

Archaeologists working on the summer dig at the Roman Fort of Vindolanda on Hardian's Wall say they are hoping to find new examples of the famous Vindolanda tablets.

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