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Headless body is not C18th Scottish clan chief, say experts

Tests show remains were those of woman and not Bonnie Prince Charlie supporter Simon Fraser Human remains thought to belong to a notorious 18th-century Jacobite-supporting Scottish clan chief have been found to be those of an unknown...Show More Summary

Complex engineering and metal-work discovered beneath ancient Greek 'pyramid'

Latest find on Cyclades’ Keros includes evidence of metal-working and suggests the beginnings of an urban centre, say archaeologists More than 4,000 years ago builders carved out the entire surface of a naturally pyramid-shaped promontory on the Greek island of Keros. Show More Summary

Westminster Abbey's attics yield a treasure trove of stained glass

Archaeologists clearing attics to create new museum space find 30,000 stained glass shards, some dating back to 13th century When the archaeologist Warwick Rodwell scooped up a handful of dust from the attics of Westminster Abbey and...Show More Summary

Cheered by news that the UK will lose Sway | Brief letters

David Davis | Lists of ‘The hundred best’ | Liquid burials | Sway | Glasgow lyric I understood that David Davis would be resigning if Damian Green was sacked (Green sacked after admitting he lied over pornographic images, 21 December). Show More Summary

Leicester car park where Richard III was buried given protected status

Heritage minister says protecting site as a scheduled monument will ensure its preservation for future generations The scruffy council car park in Leicester that was revealed in 2012 to an astonished world as the site where Richard III was buried in 1485 is being given scheduled monument status by the government. Show More Summary

Hundreds of items from Georgian coffeehouse unearthed in Cambridge

Archaeologists excavating cellar find it full of crockery, bottles, pipes and jars from 18th century Clapham’s coffeehouse Clapham’s Coffeehouse closed down 250 years ago, no doubt to the anguish of its Cambridge regulars who met there to swop news and gossip, as well as drink cups of coffee and delicate china bowls of tea. Show More Summary

The tense truce between detectorists and archaeologists

Metal detecting is enjoying a resurgence, driven by good press and fantastic finds. But archaeologists are not overjoyed at the rise of the hobby detectorists. Why? There’s been reason for cheer in metal detecting circles, with the news this month that 2016 saw a record number of finds reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Show More Summary

New underwater discoveries in Greece reveal ancient Roman engineering

Underwater excavations at Lechaion, the ancient harbour of Corinth, provide insight into engineering by the Roman Empire New archaeological excavations at the ancient port of Corinth have uncovered evidence of large-scale Roman engineering. Show More Summary

Can you dig it? The unearthed history of Manchester club the Reno

In the 1970s, the Reno nightclub was a haven for mixed-race couples and weed smokers – plus Muhammad Ali. A new project is now literally digging up its past “The police, the establishment and what felt like the whole world were against...Show More Summary

Trump's cuts to national monuments are an assault on our humanity – fight them

Reducing Utah’s national monuments is not simply about economics, archeology, ecology or grazing. The degradation of our public lands is a degradation of our humanity Monday, 4 December, in a much anticipated announcement, US President...Show More Summary

Rise of the detectorists: how to hunt for treasure

Last year was a record-breaking one for finding relics in Britain. It’s easy to get involved – just don’t expect to strike it rich Tom Lucking lived up to his name in December 2014 when he and a fellow metal-detector enthusiast unearthed a hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure in a field near Diss in Norfolk. Show More Summary

Hadrian's Wall joins forces with China's Great Wall to promote heritage sites

‘Wall to Wall’ project will see heritage experts from the UK and China work together to increase understanding of both sites and boost tourism One is 13,171 miles long and, contrary to popular belief, cannot actually be seen from space. Show More Summary

How Neolithic farming sowed the seeds of modern inequality 10,000 years ago

The prehistoric shift towards cultivation began our preoccupation with hierarchy and growth – and even changed how we perceive the passage of time Most people regard hierarchy in human societies as inevitable, a natural part of who we are. Show More Summary

We can’t trust MPs to look after the Houses of Parliament | Letters

The exclusion of historians and archaeologists from the Westminster Hall repair project does not bode well for the rest of the Palace of Westminster, say Mike Pitts and Tim Tatton-Brown. Sell it off and move, suggests Christine Mottram...Show More Summary

Coin-laden pot and rare pendant among British Museum’s record haul

There were 1,120 treasure finds in 2016, the highest number since the revised Treasure Act came into law 20 years ago A glorious jewel made from hundreds of tiny pieces of garnet set in gold to form geometric and animal shapes lay for...Show More Summary

Iceman the movie: stone age survivor Ötzi is brought back to life

The world’s oldest mummy has been a boon to scientists, the Tyrolean tourist trade and now to filmmakers No corpse has ever been examined so thoroughly, attracted so many admirers, or spawned such an array of relics and souvenirs. The...Show More Summary

How they got it right on 54BC and all that | Brief letters

Muslim populations | Brexit incompetence | Fortnum & Mason | Trump’s tweets | Thanet invaded Forecasts that the Muslim population of the UK and other European countries could increase substantially by 2050 (Report, 30 November) presuppose that all children of Muslims will grow up to be Muslims. Show More Summary

The daily grind could do us a power of good | Brief letters

Chores and bones | Sallie Thornberry | Mating signals | Doorstep scams Following this research (Pounding grain gave Neolithic women bones to beat athletes, it would be interesting to study the difference, if any, between the bones of women before, say, the 1970s and today. Show More Summary

Prehistoric women's arms 'stronger than those of today's elite rowers'

New light shed on role of women in ancient communities, as bone analysis reveals profound effect of manual agricultural labour on the human body Prehistoric women had stronger arms than elite female rowing teams do today thanks to the...Show More Summary

How digital technology is taking Mayan culture back to the future

Google and British Museum tie-up brings explorer Alfred Maudslay’s largely unseen collection of ancient artefacts to the world More than a century after the British explorer Alfred Maudslay took pioneering photographs and casts of some...Show More Summary

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