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Bomb Sight website maps locations of Nazi attacks in London

As many as 43,000 people died during the Blitz

Written in stone: a marble relief showing the procession of the Panathenaic festival birthday of the goddess Athena (438-432BC)

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A scientist at work at the Bedlam site

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Archaeologists' latest excavations could unearth the truth about the disease that consigned so many Londoners to early graves. Cahal Milmo digs in

Isabella Bird book, travels through China 1894-1896

Isabella Bird: Tales of a pioneering adventuress in 19th century China

Victorian explorer and writer Isabella Bird travelled from Scotland to Australia and Hawaii. In an exclusive extract from a new book, Deborah Ireland follows her expedition to China

Marie had fake ID, in the name of Johanna Koch, after she evaded capture by the Nazis in wartime Berlin

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin: How I outwitted the Gestapo

Marie Jalowicz Simon was 11 years old when Hitler came to power, early in 1933. Some 400 Nazi decrees later, her friends and family were being transported from Germany; and by May 1943, Berlin was declared Judenrein – clear and cleansed of its Jews...

Divers at Bouldnor Cliff underwater site in the Solent off the Isle of Wight, where the silt sample containing the einkorn DNA was found

The remarkable archaeological underwater discovery that could open up a new chapter in the study of European and British prehistory

Scientific tests suggest that a major aspect of the Neolithic agricultural revolution may have reached Britain 2000 years earlier than previously thought

The portrait was compared to the image of Anne Boleyn on a medal at the British Museum

Scientists use old portrait and CCTV technology to identify the face of Anne Boleyn

Art historians have debated whether the Nidd Hall portrait is Boleyn or her successor, Jane Seymour, King Henry VIII’s third wife

The cranes are lowered by dock workers after Winston Churchill's funeral, 30 January 1965

Churchill: The Nation's Farewell - Of course the dockworkers were paid to dip cranes in tribute to Winston - it was a Saturday

Former Dock worker John Lynch said they were paid to lower the cranes because the funeral took place on a weekend when they did not usually work

Rob Spray and Dawn Watson took footage of the underwater forest

Divers find prehistoric forest dating back 10,000 years submerged in North Sea off Norfolk coast

The trees were part of land that once stretched all the way to Germany

Christmas 2014: Jesus was not born in a stable, says theologian

We've been mistranslating the Greek word for inn all along

The Diarists: This week in history

Elizabeth Byrom daughter of the poet and diarist John Byrom, on the arrival of the Jacobite army under Bonnie Prince Charlie

George Hackney, pictured in Poulainville, Picardy, Northern France

Previously unseen WW1 moments revealed in photographs by soldier George Hackney

Experts believe hundreds more photos by Hackney could yet emerge

Terry Jones, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam and John Cleese in rehearsals for the London show

The Diarists: This week in history

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Lest we forget: the poppy grows in the most ravaged and inhospitable of land and thrives best in soil that has been disturbed

The history of the Remembrance Poppy

Still they come, day and night, to see the vast ceramic poppy field at the Tower of London. But how did the flower gain this power? In an extract from his new book, Chris McNab tells the story of the poet, the professor and ‘papaver rhoeas’

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