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British researchers have discovered ruins that prove a city crucial to the Roman Empire, bringing food to the ancient capital itself, was “much bigger” than previously thought. The find has been hailed as “crucial” in understanding the area around the first century AD. 

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The British Museum has turned to the latest technology to unlock the secrets of its mummies, one of the institution’s most popular visitor attractions, along visitors to explore cases that have remained closed for centuries.

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Such was the certainty with which a twisted skeleton found in a Leicester car park was identified last year as the remains of Richard III that a High Court battle is being fought over the right to decide where to bury the fallen monarch.

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The trust set up to manage Hadrian’s Wall is to close in six months after funding dried up, leaving support for the World Heritage Site “uncertain”.

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World's oldest example of metastatic cancer discovered on a human skeleton in Sudan

One of the world’s oldest examples of a human cancer has been found in Sudan by British-based researchers.

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Experts say they could provide new insights into ancient life

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The corner of an English field that is for ever a foreign ‘no man’s land’: WWI training camp found on south coast

The site appears to have been used for highly realistic mock battles – in preparation for more lethal encounters on the Western Front

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'Megacities' of the Indus Valley region of Pakistan and north-west India declined and never recovered because of a dramatic increase in drought conditions, according to new research

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Huge find of whales in Chile's Atacama Desert thought to have been caused by mass strandings after animals ingested toxic algae

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Amateur discovers Roman-era German treasure linked to Wagnerian Nibelung legend

A hobby archaeologist with a metal detector has discovered a trove of gold and silver in a German forest dating back to late Roman times, fuelling speculation that it could be the legendary Nibelung treasure which inspired composer Richard Wagner’s operatic “Ring Cycle”.

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‘New’ Luxor mummy is 3,600 years old

The exact identity of the well-preserved find will now be studied

An employee of the Natural History Museum in London looks at casts of some of the ancestors of the human race that used to live in the British Isles over half a million years ago

Natural History Museum stages prehistoric family reunion

For the first time ever, all the major British remains from different Stone Age human species are being brought together in a ground-breaking temporary exhibition – Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story.

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