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Secrets of the Body Snatchers: A Time Team Special

The grisly stories of the murderous Burke and Hare have long enthralled and revolted us, but they weren’t the only people to make money by providing …

How Europe's borders changed over 2000 years

Stroll through Egypt's pyramids on Google Street View

If you're leery about taking a trip to Egypt just now, Google can at least give you part of the experience with new Pyramids of Giza Street View imagery. That includes the Great Pyramid, the only remaining ancient wonder of the ancient world that's still standing, along with the Great Sphinx and …

Burning the Bones of the Earth: Lime Kilns

<i>This is a guest post by Brian Kaller, who blogs at Restoring Mayberry.</i>Explore the now-ruined estates of the Irish countryside and you occasionally …

New Analysis Reveals How King Richard III Died

A forensic analysis on King Richard III’s skeletal remains has allowed scientists to construct a play-by-play of the English ruler’s final moments …

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Bog Body Uncovered in Ireland’s County Meath

COUNTY MEATH, IRELAND—Utility workers discovered the lower leg bones of an adult in Rossan Bog. “The exact date of the remains is not known at this …

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Halloween's Celtic Roots

Halloween's Celtic Roots<p>October 27, 2006<p><i>Exploring how the past and present mix in the night of costumes and jack o' lanterns.</i><p>(Courtesy Jenny …

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Rivers May Have Helped Early Humans Cross the Sahara

YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND—A team of researchers led by Tom Coulthard of the University of Hull has used a state-of-the-art computer modeling system to …

Physical Diversity of Ancient Mexican Populations Measured

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA—Forensic anthropologist Ann Ross of North Carolina State University and her team have examined pre-Columbian skulls from …

New Dates Could Alter Migration Route Out of Africa

OXFORD, ENGLAND—Radiocarbon dates have been obtained from marine shell beads unearthed at the Ksar Akil rock shelter in Lebanon. The beads, which …

Top 10 Discoveries of 2012

Any discussion of archaeology in the year 2012 would be incomplete without mention of the much-talked-about end of the Maya Long Count calendar and …

Exclusive: Slaughtered bodies stripped of their flesh - a gruesome glimpse of Iron-Age massacre at UK’s largest hill fort

Excavations in Somerset have revealed a gruesome glimpse of Iron-Age Britain. Archaeologists have discovered evidence of a massacre involving …

Silver bullion from sunken WWII ship makes it to the Mint at last

Coins commemorating 1941 sinking of SS Gairsoppa are part of 100-tonne haul recovered from North Atlantic<p>Commemorative silver coins are being struck from shipwrecked bullion that arrived at the Royal Mint more than 70 years late, after a German torpedo sent the ship carrying it to the bottom of the …

Scientists May Have Source For A.D. 1257 'Mystery Eruption'

Scientists think they've identified the source of a massive volcanic eruption that occurred in A.D. 1257 and spread telltale traces across the globe.<p>The culprit in the "mystery eruption" appears to be the Samalas volcano, part of the Mount Rinjani Volcanic Complex on Indonesia's Lombok Island, an …

Richard III: the search for the last Plantagenet king

<b>On 12th September the University of Leicester held an extraordinary press conference. They announced that a three week dig seeking the remains of</b> …

Eruption of Samalas Volcano May Have Triggered Little Ice Age

BOULDER, COLORADO—Shards of volcanic glass and large amounts of sulfur in polar ice cores from the Arctic and Antarctic suggest that the cause of the …

Neolithic Weapon Emerges From Norwegian Snow

TRONDHEIM, NORWAY—Melting snow in Norway’s mountains has revealed a bow and arrows that were probably used to hunt reindeer. The 3,800-year-old bow …

Measured Survey using Tape and Offset

Danish Site Reveals Prehistoric Hunters’ Butchering Secrets

PARIS, FRANCE—Analysis of a 12,000-year-old butchering site in Denmark is helping archaeologists to understand the process hunters used to break down …

“People in the Middle Ages coped better with death than we do”

<i>Medieval Lives: Birth, Marriage, Death</i> <b>airs on BBC Four on Wednesday 9 October at 9pm</b><p>We spoke to historian Helen Castor about her new television …

Letter reveals Australian outlaw Ned Kelly's last stand

<b>A letter has emerged containing an eyewitness account of the capture of Australian outlaw Ned Kelly in the 1880 Glenrowan shoot-out.</b><p>The letter was written by Donald Sutherland, who was working nearby, to his parents in Scotland.<p>In it the bank clerk describes the armour Ned Kelly wore and his calm …

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