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.
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Tuesday 28 January 2014
The fire-pit found near Tel-Aviv could hold the secret to the beginnings of social culture among early humans
Thursday 16 January 2014
Archaeologists have unearthed an ancient cemetery thought to contain the tombs of 16 pharaohs
Saturday 04 January 2014
From an old life of mine doing political operations and campaigns:
Sunday 01 December 2013
At a remote guest house in a forest, police hunt for the body parts of a 59-year-old man
Sunday 10 November 2013
Mother love: Drabble does not shy away from the question of dependency
Sunday 29 September 2013
Budget cuts will leave future generations with a lost legacy of historic heritage as there was no one there to protect it
Sunday 29 September 2013
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.
Thursday 19 September 2013
The ruling holds wider implications for the place of Muslims in British society
Friday 13 September 2013
Clever Anthropologie has signed up designer Charlotte Taylor for a capsule collection of cute cushions. By Stephanie Hirschmiller
Thursday 12 September 2013
The ancient tomb of a woman described as China’s “first female prime minister” has been discovered.
Exclusive: Slaughtered bodies stripped of their flesh - a gruesome glimpse of Iron-Age massacre at UK’s largest hill fort
Wednesday 04 September 2013
Hundreds if not thousands stripped of their flesh and chopped up, say archaeologists
Sunday 01 September 2013
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.
Tuesday 20 August 2013
Large sculpted moustachioed human head formed part of the wrecked ship’s 3.5 tonne rudder
Saturday 17 August 2013
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.
Thursday 15 August 2013
Burial site of 12th century Slavic lords discovered in eastern Germany
Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 250,000 back our campaign
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
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