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When most of us think of Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, we think of moai, the 887 magnificent statues that guard its shores. But the mystery of BBC4's Easter Island: Mysteries of a Lost World wasn't how these monoliths were made, or how they were moved into place (aliens, obviously) or even whether the ancient Rapa Nui people were responsible for their own decline, it's why the myths have persisted for so long.

A picture shows the Qesem Cave excavation site where the campfire was discovered.

300,000-year-old firepit found in Israel could be the first example of a social campfire

The fire-pit found near Tel-Aviv could hold the secret to the beginnings of social culture among early humans

King Senebkay's tomb and its surrounding area at the Abydos site

Valley of the other kings: Lost dynasty found in Egypt

Archaeologists have unearthed an ancient cemetery thought to contain the tombs of 16 pharaohs

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Police search for body parts at the suspect’s house near Reichenau in Germany

Dresden police begin macabre task of discovering if 'cannibal cop' Detlev G ate his victim

At a remote guest house in a forest, police hunt for the body parts of a 59-year-old man

Book review: The Pure Gold Baby, by Margaret Drabble

Mother love: Drabble does not shy away from the question of dependency

Rescue says five local authorities around Liverpool, home of the World Heritage waterfront, no longer receive architectural heritage advice

Heritage sites being left at mercy of planners, archaeologists warn

Budget cuts will leave future generations with a lost legacy of historic heritage as there was no one there to protect it

Paperback review: The World Until Yesterday By Jared Diamond

The World Until Yesterday opens with a fascinating scene: Port Moresby airport in Papua New Guinea, 2006, a picture of modernity, staffed by New Guineans, tapping on computers, screening baggage, flying planes. Yet it is only 80 years or so since the New Guinea Highlands were “discovered” by Australia. The grandparents of today’s New Guinean pilots, clerks and baggage handlers were still using stone tools.

This ban does not bode well for Britain's multicultural future

The ruling holds wider implications for the place of Muslims in British society

Creature comforts: British designer Charlotte Taylor

Wily as a fox

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Ancient tomb of China's ‘first female PM’ discovered

The ancient tomb of a woman described as China’s “first female prime minister” has been discovered.

Excavated remains of the heads and necks of three late Iron Age individuals thrown into an enclosure ditch

Exclusive: Slaughtered bodies stripped of their flesh - a gruesome glimpse of Iron-Age massacre at UK’s largest hill fort

Hundreds if not thousands stripped of their flesh and chopped up, say archaeologists

Dr. Erin Kimmerle exhumes a grave at the Boot Hill cemetery

Bones unearthed in search at former Florida boys reform school

Teams of searchers recovered human bones from the sands of Florida Panhandle woodlands on Saturday in a “boot hill” graveyard where juveniles who disappeared from a notorious Old South reform school more than a half-century ago are believed to have been secretly buried.

Archaeologist Dave Parham with the elaborately carved rudder

Poole wreck: Wooden head raised from seabed heightens 17th-century mystery

Large sculpted moustachioed human head formed part of the wrecked ship’s 3.5 tonne rudder

Album: Jocelyn Pook, Untold Things (Real World Gold)

First released in 2001, when Hildegard of Bingen and sundry monks were riding high in the classical charts, the music of composer Pook (who so entranced Stanley Kubrick he engaged her for Eyes Wide Shut), has weathered well.

Medieval tomb discovered by a... badger

Burial site of 12th century Slavic lords discovered in eastern Germany

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