Investigations in Durham have identified the remains of up to 28 skeletons as prisoners of war

Skeletons of Scottish prisoners provide evidence of child soldiers in Britain's civil wars

Troops at the brutal Battle of Dunbar in 1650 may have been as young as 12

The University of Birmingham says parts of a Koran manuscript in its library are from one of the oldest copies of the Islamic text in the world

Fragments of 'world's oldest known Koran' unlikely to pre-date Prophet Mohamed, says expert

Scholars have claimed that ancient artefact could potentially rewrite Islamic history

An artist’s impression of tribes fishing during the Mesolithic period. The new study aims to reveal the culture and lifestyle of prehistoric humans

Britain's Atlantis: Scientific study beneath North Sea could revolutionise how we see the past

Exclusive: Unique research will unearth evidence submerged by rising oceans

The Codex Sinaiticus was written on parchment in the 4th century

World's oldest Bible Codex Sinaiticus to go on display at British Museum

Book has only once been loaned out before

Rock solid: a piece of the Blue John from Treak Cliff Cavern

Miner finds first new vein of rare mineral Blue John in 150 years in the Peak District

Blue John was the height of fashion in Regency times and graced the tables of Buckingham Palace and Chatsworth House

Crossrail Liverpool Street excavation: 30 skeletons unearthed in mass grave thought to be victims of 1665 Great Plague

The discovery was made on the 350th anniversary of England's last major outbreak of the bubonic plague

The sarcophagus of King Tutankhamun, known as the 'Child Pharaoh' remains empty in its burial chamber after the mummy was placed in a glass urn designed to protect the remains of the ancient king from humidity and other contamination brought by a constant flow of over 350 visitors a day in his tomb in the Valley of the Kings, close to Luxor.

Queen Nefertiti: Has the tomb of Tutankhamun's mother been found hiding in plain sight?

"This is potentially the biggest archaeological discovery ever made”

Was William Shakespeare high when he penned his plays?

Pipes with cannabis residue were found in the Bard's garden

The area around the Colosseum can already feel like a theme park; some now fear plans for the building itself may leave it little more than a stage set

Rome's Colosseum sees more conflict over government restoration plan attacked for being like something from 'Las Vegas'

Thumbs down from experts who say hundreds of other sites are being neglected

Mystery over deaths of 3,000 Napoleonic soldiers in mass grave has been solved

Archaeologists believe starvation was the cause of death for the 3,000 men found buried in Lithuania

Sheep skeleton with two heads - its own very fragmentary one and a bull's one

The boneyard of the bizarre that rewrites our Celtic past to include hybrid-animal monster myths

Cow with horse's legs among finds that throw light on the ancient mind

A researcher pans for gold in Ireland

Cornwall was scene of prehistoric gold rush, says new research

A detailed analysis of some of Western Europe’s most beautiful gold artefacts suggests that Cornwall was a miniature Klondyke in the Early Bronze Age

An animal on one of the objects (Photo: YouTube/1TV.Ru)

Ancient 2,400-year-old gold bongs discovered in Russia

The residue of opium and cannabis was found inside the bowls

More than 100 primitive hammers, anvils and other stone artefacts have been unearthed in the desert hills bordering the western shores of Lake Turkana in the Kenyan Rift Valley in a discovery that the researchers claim “marks a new beginning to the known archaeological record”.

'New beginning to the known archaeological record' as oldest stone tools ever discovered found in Kenya

The implements, dating back 3.3m years, predate the earliest known members of the Homo genus by about half a million years

Illustration of Ottoia, a prehistoric priapulid, burrowing

Ancient flesh-eating 'penis worm' dragged itself around by its teeth, scientists find

Researchers have created a 'dentists handbook' which they hope will help them identify other creatures from half a billion years ago

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