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Ancient Egyptian mummification 'recipe' revealed

<b>Examination of a mummy has revealed the original ancient Egyptian embalming recipe - first used to preserve bodies.</b><p>A battery of forensic chemical tests carried out on a mummy that dated from 3,700-3,500 BC revealed the recipe and confirmed that it was developed far earlier and used more widely than …


Sheffield Castlegate: Major excavation project begins

<b>Excavation work has started in a bid to find out what is left of a castle where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned.</b><p>A series of trial trenches will be dug in previously uninvestigated areas where Sheffield Castle once stood.<p>The dig, said to be the first comprehensive survey of the Castlegate site, …


Hot weather reveals hidden history to archaeologists

This summer's heatwave has been good for aerial archaeologists spotting some hidden treasures in the dry crops.<p>Historic England have been looking into the patterns - and here's what they found.


Heroic mum-of-eight remembered for selfless act which saved lives of 15 stranded sailors

Jane Whyte risked her own life to reach sailors stranded in an horrendous storm off Aberdour Bay, Banffshire, in October 1844.<p>A century after her …


'Fantastic' volunteers dig in Ampthill's historic park

<b>A group of up to 40 "fantastic'" volunteers have been digging to uncover the past at a site linked to one of England's most famous kings.</b><p>Members of the public are at Ampthill Great Park, in Bedfordshire, where a Tudor castle once stood.<p>It was where Catherine of Aragon was sent by Henry VIII and …


'Clear evidence' of Bronze Age activity on Staffa

<b>Archaeologists say they have found the "first clear evidence" of Bronze Age activity on Staffa, off Mull, in the Inner Hebrides.</b><p>A fragment of decorated prehistoric pottery was found on the island, known for its unusual geology, including Fingal's Cave, in 2016.<p>Last week, a larger trench was …


The woman who saved 15 sailors from drowning

<b>The tale of a woman walking her dog on a beach who ends up saving 15 sailors from drowning in a storm could be from the pages of a dramatic novel.</b><p>It is instead the true story of Jane Whyte and her heroic actions on 28 October 1884.<p>Mrs Whyte - who was a 40-year-old mother-of-eight at the time - was …

North Sea

Intrepid French hunt for sunken warships Cordelière and Regent

<b>The spirit of famed French explorer Jacques Cousteau lives on in a mission to find the wrecks of two warships, one French and one English, that sank 500 years ago off the Brittany port of Brest.</b><p>Instead of Cousteau's old minesweeper Calypso, it is the French culture ministry's surveillance ship …


Shifted sands reveal Roman settlement in Alderney

<b>A "substantial" Roman village has been found preserved beneath sand in the Channel Islands.</b><p>Excavations on Longis Common in Alderney revealed walls, a stone courtyard, pottery and coins.<p>The site is thought to date back to the 2nd Century BC, which is "considerably earlier" than previous …


Welsh princes should be better celebrated says Lord Elis-Thomas

<b>The history of the lords and princes of Wales should be better celebrated, Wales' culture minister has said.</b><p>Lord Elis-Thomas says that castles inhabited by Owain Glyndwr and others are "precious physical reminders of our history and our heritage".<p>Cadw has produced a guide in a bid to raise the …


Listed status bid for England's lost memorials

<b>Hundreds of forgotten, secret and little-known memorials across England have been nominated for listed status by members of the public.</b><p>"Heroic", "quirky", "sad", "inspirational" and "challenging" are just some of the descriptions given to the suggested shrines and tributes commemorating those who …

General Hospital

Clumber House: Dig held at Nottinghamshire mansion

<b>An archaeological dig has taken place at a demolished 18th Century mansion.</b><p>The excavation began on Wednesday at Clumber House in Nottinghamshire and aimed to determine whether the cellars were still accessible. The stately home was torn down in 1938.<p>The cellars were found during a dig on the …


Chichester museum reveals British history with Lego

An eight-metre model of the Flying Scotsman is the star attraction at an exhibition that captures moments of British history in Lego.<p>More than 150,000 bricks have been used to build Bricks Britannia at the Novium Museum in Chichester.


Treasure found across Northern Ireland

<b>More than 40 objects found across Northern Ireland between 2009 and 2016 have been officially categorised as "treasure" by a coroner.</b><p>The items include a variety of precious rings, jewellery and Viking coins.<p>They were found by members of the public through metal-detecting, as well as by …


Fake documents identified in study of Robert Burns' work

<b>Scientists have developed a new way to distinguish between authentic and faked historical documents after studying the work of Robert Burns.</b><p>Researchers, including scientists at the University of Glasgow, used a technique called direct infusion mass spectrometry.<p>The technique lifts ink from paper in …

Northern Ireland's hidden treasure

<b>A coroner has formally deemed over 40 archaeological objects found within Northern Ireland to be "treasure".</b><p>The items include a variety of precious rings, jewellery and Viking coins.<p>They were found by members of the public, through metal detecting and by archaeologists on excavation.<p>After …

Northern Ireland

Queen Amina: Nigerian warrior queen

In the 16th Century, ruthless warrior Queen Amina commanded an army of 20,000 men in what is now Nigeria.<p>She is the third story in a new eight-part series, African Women who Changed the World, which aims to shed light on great African women whose stories deserve to be heard.<p>This BBC Africa series …


China fossil tells new supercontinent story

<b>A newly discovered dinosaur may be re-writing China's geological history, according to recent findings.</b><p>The latest addition to the family of giant, long-necked dinosaurs known as sauropods, <i>Lingwulong shenqi</i> lived in the north of the country about 174 million years ago.<p>At this time, East Asia was …

Red Sea

Jersey volunteers build a Stone Age longhouse

Stone Age

Archaeologists stunned by Pictish handprint

<b>Archaeologists on the Orkney island of Rousay have uncovered the preserved handprint of a Pictish metalsmith.</b><p>They found the print on a stone anvil excavated from a substantial Iron Age settlement. It is believed to be at least 1,000 years old.<p>The site's co-director told BBC Radio Orkney she …


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Archaeologists have found the remains of one of Jamestown’s early settlers. Now they have to prove he is who they think he is.

JAMESTOWN, Va. — The skeleton was beautifully laid out in a formal English-style burial, hands at the sides, palms down, the body probably pinned up in a shroud.<p>The arms, legs, and ribs were largely intact. But the skull, which was crucial, was gone.<p>So when Mary Anna Hartley, picking at the dirt in …


Top 20 history podcasts You Need To Know – Page 3

This podcast tells the tale of William Henry Bonser Lamin, an English soldier born in August 1887. Bring the history of this war to life through a …


The ugly truth: Ranger's House reopens with display of dark side

Among gold and diamonds, porcelain and crystal, a treasury of objects considered “splendidly ugly” even by their original proud owner, will go on display as Ranger’s House in Greenwich opens its doors to the public again.<p>The imposing Georgian house holds the fabulous collection amassed by the …

Precious Metals

Archaeologists Make The ‘Astonishing’ Discovery Of Strands Of Hair On Orkney That Date Back 2,000 Years

The 20 strands of Iron Age hair were found in The Cairns broch in Scotland along with numerous other ancient artifacts.<p>Deep in a subterranean chamber …


Fatal Favorite

Upon the death of the childless Queen Elizabeth in 1603, the English crown passed to her closest heir, James VI of Scotland. James inherited the …


Chichester Priory Park dig unearths 'Roman hot tub' remains

<b>The remains of a hot tub big enough to hold four people have been uncovered by archaeologists in Chichester.</b><p>After the remains of three near-complete Roman buildings were found under Priory Park last year, experts suspected they would find a bath house.<p>A first dig at the park in West Sussex last …


Northumberland cottage linked to 1826 murder rebuilt

<b>A cottage which was the site of an infamous murder in 1826 has been rebuilt, offering people an insight into 19th Century life.</b><p>Joseph Hedley, a successful quilter, was stabbed to death in Northumberland.<p>The crime created so much outcry the government issued a reward notice of 100 guineas for any …

County Durham

Wharram Percy bodies mutilated to 'stop dead rising'

<b>Human bones excavated from a deserted medieval village in North Yorkshire show people mutilated and burnt bodies to stop them rising from the dead.</b><p>Knife marks were found on 137 bones dating between the 11th and 14th Centuries, discovered at Wharram Percy.<p>Experts said it was the first evidence of …


Flooded Jorvik Viking Centre reopens 'with focus on women'

<b>A tourist attraction which depicts Viking-age York is to reopen after a £4m renovation with a greater emphasis on the role of women.</b><p>Jorvik Viking Centre, in Coppergate, opens on Saturday following the devastating floods of December 2015.<p>"We wanted to showcase the lives of all that lived in …