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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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Archaeologists compare site to Pompeii after finding Bodica tombstone in Cirencester

Neil Holbrook, of Cotswold Archaeology, says the discovery of a Roman inscription in Gloucestershire is "without doubt" the highlight of his archaeological career.

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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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Archaeologists find 15 skeletons at "absolutely amazing" roadside site of Devon's largest Roman cemetery

The Portable Antiquities Scheme and experts from the University of Exeter say a huge Roman settlement at Ipplepen could transform their understanding of life in the south-west 2,000 years ago.

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Archaeologists produce guidebooks for divers to Bristol Channel Civil War ship which sank 151 years ago

Wessex Archaeology has produced four guides to the SS Iona II, with divers encouraged to apply for a licence from English Heritage and take photos of the wreck.

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Lost Gardens of Heligan celebrate 25 years by remembering the gardeners who went to war in 1914

The Lost Gardens of Heligan is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its opening to the public by remembering the gardeners who left a south Cornish paradise to go to war in 1914.

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£30 million Rembrandt painting proved genuine by scientists is revealed to public at abbey

Designers who watched scientists investigate a Rembrandt portrait while creating a gallery for the £30 million work say their detective story reflects an "amazing" discovery.

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Archaeologists search for prehistoric settlements in fields where Bronze Age remains were revealed by Google Earth

Extensive investigations are about to begin at South Hams, where archaeologists say a "huge" variety of material from the prehistoric and medieval periods has already been found.

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In Pictures: New exhibition revealing huge archaeological dig at Somerset's Hinkley Point

The team behind one of the country's largest excavations have opened an exhibition, Landscapes of Power: The Archaeology and History of Hinkley Point.

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