Arts and Entertainment Face facts: ‘Easter Island: Mysteries of a Lost World’ with Dr Jago Cooper

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.

Metal detector pair strike gold with £10m hoard of Celtic coins

A pair of metal detector enthusiasts struck gold in Jersey after discovering a hoard of Celtic coins worth millions of pounds.

Massive Celtic coins hoard found on Jersey

A massive hoard of Celtic coins worth millions of pounds has been found on the island of Jersey.

Archaeologists in Greece uncover Roman road

Archaeologists in Greece's second-largest city have uncovered a 70-metre section of an ancient road built by the Romans that was city's main travel artery nearly 2,000 years ago.

Leading article: Our great British summer of hope

More important than life and death is hope, and that is what is offered by tonight's game between England and Italy.

Last night's viewing: All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry, Channel 4; True Love, BBC1

"Do you cry a more vintage kind of tears at Glyndebourne?" Grayson Perry asked in the first of his lovely series All in the Best Possible Taste. He was in a Northern club at the time, having just watched a particularly tear-jerking performance by a local singer, and the answer his question was inviting was "No".

Fenton in 2007

Professor Sandy Fenton: Scholar of Scottish antiquities

Sandy Fenton was among the very greatest scholars of the Ethnology and Antiquities of Scotland of this age – or of any age. For 15 years he was a member of the Ancient Monuments Board for Scotland, from 1979 to 1994.

Secrets of the earliest Britons could be hidden in 5,000-year-old tomb

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a Neolithic portal dolmen, one of Western Europe's oldest ritual burial chambered monuments, in an isolated field in Wales.

Heritage: Britain 'fails to protect treasures'

Conservationists and archaeologists have urged the Government to sign The Hague convention on the protection of historical artefacts at times of war.

Team sheds light on upright walking

Mankind's ancestors may have started walking on two legs simply because it allowed them to carry more food away in their hands, boosting their chance of survival, scientists believe.

Mexican mass grave brings ancient tribe to life

The remains of 167 people found in a cave in southern Mexico are part of an ancient burial ground approximately 1,300 years old – not 50 years old as previously thought.

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Widow of Atlantic Records founder gives Oxford £26m for spectacular study centre

Five-minute Memoir: Sofka Zinovieff recalls the day she became a real Greek

The address was a side street in central Athens, behind the Cathedral. It felt like a special day – I had put on a nice dress, and my husband brought along his camera. After many years of involvement with Greece, this should have been the culmination of a love story. As a student, I had done anthropological research in the Peloponnese and later, I met my Greek husband in Russia. Now, in 2004, having moved to Athens three years earlier, we were bringing up our two daughters in their father's country and sending them to Greek school.

The Insider: Make the most of decorative jewellery

My usually organised friend Abi emailed, cross with the unsightly clump of jewellery stuffed in her drawer. "I need organised storage," she wrote. "And as many pieces are like mini works of art it seems silly not to display them: but how?" Here's what I suggested...

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