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.

India put on hold as Africa challenges to be the latest outsourcing hotspot

Could Africa be the next India? British consumers could be as likely to find themselves talking to Cairo as Calcutta by 2010 as Africa continues to grow as a global outsourcing centre, experts claim.

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Earthly Powers, by Michael Burleigh

Europe's cult of strange gods

Roger Hewitt: Our multiculturalism has developed strong roots

This is not to deny that aspects of the culture of other groups may be a problem for 'us'

The Unfolding Of Language, by Guy Deutscher

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Wild East, Royal Court, London

Frank is a young man with an anthropology degree from Lampeter and the interpersonal skills of a self-destructive nerd from central casting.

Hansberry's sun shines again

David Lan revives the first play by a black woman to be shown on Broadway

Romans hail discovery of their 'new Pompeii'

Thirteen metres beneath the streets of Rome, archaeologists have discovered what people are calling "a new Pompeii" that has been buried for nearly two millennia.

Flooding and tourism threaten Peru's mysterious Nazca Lines

One of South America's most important, and mysterious, archaeological sites is under "great threat", a leading conservationist has warned.

It's only human to ask questions

What better subject to take than anthropology, the study of humans going back to their evolutionary beginnings? It's interesting and employers like it, says Caroline Haydon
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