Culture24's top ten: The most read stories of 2013

By Richard Moss | 24 December 2013

What were Culture24's most popular stories of 2013? Revisit our top ten in order of the most read in another busy year covering the best in UK museums, galleries and heritage

A photo of three tiny silver and black meteorite pieces next to a hand in a white glove
They may not look like much but these Ancient Egyptian gemstones - made from meteorites - had thousands of people clicking and reading in 2013© UCL Petrie Museum / Rob Eagle

1.    Experts trace Petrie Museum's Egyptian tomb beads to ancient outer space meteorites

Space and the Ancient Egyptians proved a heady mixture in our most popular story of the year, with thousands logging on to read about the Petrie Museum's set of nine Egyptian beads found to be made from meteorites.

2.    Archaeologists find holy bones and Saxon coffin in wall niche during Lincoln Castle dig

A shoe-wearing Saxon skeleton, found as part of an excavation on a church beneath Lincoln Castle, had all the makings of a top archaeology story.

3.    Stonehenge ditch discoveries prove archaeology link to River Avon true

Another year, another raft of Stonehenge theories and discoveries. This time a pair of ditches discovered during work to cover up the main road running through Stonehenge “proved” that the famous monuments were once connected to the River Avon by a formal processional approach. 

4.    London's East End art scene: 10 galleries worth a visit

Our popular round-up of the East End art scene was updated this year and the Hoxton hipsters checked it out in droves. If you want to lift the lid on this vibrant corner of the capital, this is the best place to start.

5.    Huge Chichester stone could be head of Roman Emperor Nero, say archaeologists

Well it was a nice idea. Sadly it turned out to be another emperor, Trajan, which one eagle-eyed reader quickly pointed out in our comments stream. 

6.    The Great Gathering: Mallard and sister locos united at National Railway Museum York

A simple news story about a momentous occasion led the way in a string of Mallard and A4 related stories arriving from the National Railway Museum to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Mallard setting the world steam speed record. 

7.    World's largest surviving military gun arrives at Royal Armouries Fort Nelson

What’s not to like? A 200-tonne gun, originally designed for the battlefields of the First World War, traveling all the way from Holland (via the M25) to get to the Royal Armouries Fort Nelson in Hampshire in time for the First World War Centenary.

8.    Cornish lord Sir James Tillie found in chair burial after 300 years at Pentillie Castle

An 18th century Lord found strapped to his chair inside the walls of a castle? Sir James Tillie, the man who built Pentillie Castle in Cornwall in 1698, specified in his will that, rather than being buried, he should be dressed in his best clothes, bound to a stout chair and placed with his books, wine and pipe in his favourite folly, awaiting resurrection. 

9.    Light Show is beguiling and hypnotising at London's Hayward Gallery

Light Show, at the Southbank Centre’s Hayward Gallery, led many of you to see the light and emerge with a new understanding of wonder. Evidently thousands of you agreed.

10.    Richard III: The Royal Armouries' Bob Woosnam-Savage on the violent death of the King in battle

The momentous discovery of Richard III underneath a Leicester car park gave us a bucketload of juicy stories, but this one detailing the theories of how he was hacked to death was, for some the reason, our most popular.

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