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 14 May 2013
"No one knows what's going on in someone else's mind and life would be intolerable if we did," murmurs Paul to his wife soothingly. Paul knows what he's talking about. He's a therapist and bereavement counsellor and, apparently, a loving father, currently a little preoccupied, like his wife, by his daughter's recurrent nightmares. In fact, the two of them are in her bed, the little girl having been resettled in the parental room after waking up screaming.
Thursday 02 May 2013
Archaeologists excavating beneath Mexico’s Temple of the Feathered Serpent have discovered hundreds of mysterious yellow orbs.
Wednesday 01 May 2013
Alex Polizzi – the Fixer Returns, BBC2
Tuesday 30 April 2013
Waterproof guidebooks and underwater signposts to help people explore Britain’s most secluded heritage sites
Richard III archaeologists plan to exhume 600-year-old lead-lined stone coffin found in Plantagenet king’s car park in the hunt for medieval knight Sir William Moton
Tuesday 30 April 2013
University of Leicester Archaeological Services said the tomb is one of four graves uncovered during the search for Richard III
Sunday 21 April 2013
Archaeologists, excavating near the Royal Borough, have discovered the 4400 year old skeleton of an upper class woman
Tuesday 09 April 2013
Archaeologists have nicknamed the site 'the Pompeii of the North'
Thursday 04 April 2013
Tony Legge was an outstanding archaeologist who worked especially in zooarchaeology, the study of animal bones from archaeological excavations. He made major contributions to our understanding of prehistoric people's relationships to animals, including the beginnings of herding. His passion for the subject and deep scepticism of colleagues who only knew about animals from books enthused his students, including many adult learners, as he himself had been.
Friday 29 March 2013
The search is on for warrior queen’s bones, once thought to lie beneath a McDonald’s
Friday 29 March 2013
Chew on this: UCL exhibition showcases the men who swallowed everything from knives to balls of hair
Friday 22 March 2013
A macabre new exhibition at University College London looks at the 18th-century “extraordinary eaters” who would gobble up things one should not at sideshows. “They challenged their bodies to cope with swallowed knives, keys or balls of hair,” says curator Sarah Chaney, from UCL's Centre for the History of Psychological Disciplines.
Unearthed after seven centuries the 'Black Death' pit skeletons that could unravel the medical mysteries of a pandemic
Friday 15 March 2013
Thirteen skeletons, lying in two neat rows 2.4m beneath a road in Farringdon have been unearthed by excavations for London's Crossrail project
Monday 11 March 2013
Spanish police have discovered 4,000 Celtic artefacts – almost certainly looted from a nearby archaeological burial site – heaped in empty chocolate and cigar boxes in a building in the eastern town of Illueca.
Monday 04 March 2013
All the penny serves for is an unwanted reminder of our financial mess
Sunday 03 March 2013
Stretching the breadth of northern England, Hadrian's Wall is a majestic reminder of the ambition and might of the Roman Empire's conquest in Britain. Now, new archaeological evidence has suggested, contrary to previous belief, that the Romans far from co-existing peacefully with the locals, ejected them by force in order to build the 73-mile divide.
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
- 2 Scottish independence: Learn from Quebec's mistakes and beware of promises. Vote Yes.
- 3 'Necrophilia-obsessed' girl among double murder accused in three-way sex case
- 4 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 5 Revealed after 75 years of secrecy: 'Fifi' the glamorous WW2 special agent who tested British spies' resolve