Members of the arctic expedition led by British explorer Sir John Franklin (1786 - 1847) on their attempt to discover the Northwest passage. The expedition was beleaguered by thick ice and Franklin died in June 1847 and most of the team died of starvation

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This artist's rendering hand out by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History shows a Dreadnoughtus schrani in life

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The 85-foot dinosaur lived 77m years ago and weighed as much as 12 African elephants

Excavations at the fort have uncovered some of the best preserved Roman building in Britain

Binchester Roman Fort: Save ‘the Pompeii of the North’, campaigners urge

Worries that Roman fort site may fall into developers’ hands after Church puts it up for sale

Hambledon Hill, in Dorset, has been bought by the National Trust

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An artist's impression of the Laquintasaura dinosaur

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The Laquintasaura Venezuela is believed to have been the size of a small dog

The tomb was discovered in Jiangsu province

Lavish tomb buried for 2,100 years with gold and treasure discovered in China

Liu Fei, ruler of Jiangdu Kingdom, was left with every comfort for the afterlife

A 4,300-year-old hair ornament has been discovered by a group of schoolboys

Schoolboys uncover rare 4,300-year-old gold hair ornament

The group of boys, on a dig in Northumberland, happened across the object and began "dancing with joy"

It is one of several animals and birds depicted on the ancient plateau

New Nazca Lines geoglyphs uncovered by gales and sandstorms in Peru

More shapes revealed among known geoglyphs like The Dog (pictured)

Move over Emperor - this colossal penguin was taller than a man and weighed more than 18 stone

Mega penguin’s massive foot shows it was tallest and heaviest ever to walk the Earth

New fossil discovery shows world’s greatest extinct penguin ever discovered was bigger than (many) humans

The skull (not pictured) could tell us more about life in the Stone Age

Archaeologists find '8,000-year-old human skull containing brain matter'

The bone remains could be those of a human from the Stone Age

Arrow head marks on skeletons, suggest the victims were killed by enemy archers

Saharan remains may be evidence of first race war, 13,000 years ago

The skeletons – from the east bank of the Nile in northern Sudan – are from victims of the world’s oldest known relatively large-scale human armed conflict

The remains of Richard III, found under a car park in Leicester two years ago

Britain must dig deeper to save its archaeology

We are fascinated by the finds, from royal bones to antique gold, but the profession may go under
An artist’s impression of Pelagornis sandersi, which could fly great distances

Wingspan of the largest bird in history revealed by new scientific study

The bird, named Pelagornis sandersi, lived about 25 million or 28 million years ago

Ainara Sistiaga and her team dug at the site of an ancient campfire to find the human faeces

World's oldest faeces: Neanderthals ate more vegetables than previously thought, say scientists

Analysis of world's oldest faecal matter ever discovered indicated significant plant intake

A member of the Appledore Sub Aqua Club diver over the aft boilers of Iona 2

Historians reveal secrets of UK gun-running which lengthened the American civil war by two years

New historical and archaeological research is shining an embarrassing light on one of the darkest periods of British foreign policy.

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