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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Monday 15 July 2013
Humans had a sophisticated calendrical system thousands of years earlier than previously thought, according to new research.
Friday 12 July 2013
A photograph on display in a gallery has been branded an ‘abuse of power’
Friday 12 July 2013
Rearrangement indicates ancient execution rituals designed to ensure the dead do not return to life, say archaeologists
Thursday 04 July 2013
'El Paraiso' was one of the oldest structures in the Americas
Wednesday 03 July 2013
Wednesday 26 June 2013
Professor Mick Aston was an archaeologist who was part of Time Team, the popular Channel 4 programme which for 20 years brought the world of archaeology to television audiences. Aston acted as chief archaeological adviser for 16 series, from its first broadcast in 1994 through to 2011, and was known for his combination of expertise, passion for the subject, and brightly coloured jumpers.
Tuesday 25 June 2013
A former resident academic on Channel 4's popular archaeology show Time Team has died at the age of 66.
Sunday 23 June 2013
VIDEO: The statue, of a man called Neb-Sanu, turns during the day
Wednesday 19 June 2013
This weekend marks the celebrations for this year's summer solstice – but forget visiting Stonehenge. Hugh Thomson prefers the wonders of its nearby rival, the largest stone circle in England
Dug out canoes found in record haul in Cambridgeshire were Bronze Age Britons' 'run-abouts' of choice, say archaeologists
Tuesday 04 June 2013
Ancient Britons made hundreds of thousands of dugout canoes, archaeologists now believe.
Monday 03 June 2013
Wednesday 29 May 2013
Lucy Kirkwood has taken her title from a coinage in Niall Ferguson’s The Ascent of Money and the mystery at the centre of her play from one of the most evocative photographs of the last century: that of the unidentified Tank Man in Tiananmen Square in 1989.
Friday 24 May 2013
Researchers have revealed the remains of King Richard III, which were discovered under a city car park, were found in a hastily dug, untidy grave.
Saturday 18 May 2013
Music is more than mere entertainment, that much is clear. And I don't just mean that for every bit of fluff by Jedward or Psy there's a masterpiece by Janacek or Sibelius. It's more that music goes deep inside us, literally.
Tuesday 14 May 2013
Honduras's ancient metropolis ‘found’ using revolutionary 3D mapping technique
Isis, we are told, is a 'clear and dangerous threat to our way of life'. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy it
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
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