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Shipwreck found off coast of Haiti thought to be one of the most significant underwater discoveries in history

The newly dated Mesolithic site, 1.5 miles east of Stonehenge,  was located around a spring
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British scientists have discovered a new section of the boundary wall which they say proves that Ostia was much larger than previously estimated

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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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British Museum uses CT scans to show mummies' faces after thousands of years

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.

Don Walker, a human osteologist, with one of the skeletons found by construction workers under central London's Charterhouse Square

Skeletons of Black Death victims discovered during excavations for London Crossrail

25 bodies uncovered in Farringdon could be from referenced but undiscovered second mass burial site outside old city walls

The remains of King Richard III were found in a hastily dug, untidy grave, researchers have revealed

Richard III expert: The skeleton in the car park may not be missing monarch after all

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.

Hadrian's Wall stretches 84 miles

Hadrian’s Wall Trust to close within six months as funding evaporates

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”.

American student decodes 1,800-year-old letter sent by Egyptian soldier to his family

A student has decoded a 1,800-year-old letter sent by an Egyptian soldier to his family which bears striking similarities to those serving on the front line today.

The 3,200-year-old skeleton was found in its original burial position in a tomb close to the River Nile in the Amara West site, Sudan

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.

An unrolled tefillin parchment from Qumran

Nine new Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in Israel after lying unopened in storeroom for 60 years

Experts say they could provide new insights into ancient life

A practice battlefield, complete with two opposing trench systems a No Man’s Land, where thousands of troops practised before embarking for the trenches of Europe, has been discovered by chance on a MOD site, Browndown Training Camp in Hampshire.

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

Scientists discover world's oldest cheese buried on mummies

The cheese was discovered buried in China's Taklamakan Desert

A city settlement at the Mohenjo-daro in Pakistan

Revealed: How climate change ended world’s first great civilisations

'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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