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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.

Last night's viewing - The Fall, BBC2; The Flying Archaeologist, BBC4

"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.

Temple of the Feathered Serpent at the archaeological site of Teotihuacan

Hundreds of mysterious yellow orbs discovered under Mexico’s Temple of the Feathered Serpent

Archaeologists excavating beneath Mexico’s Temple of the Feathered Serpent have discovered hundreds of mysterious yellow orbs.

TV review - Archaeology: a Secret History, BBC4

Alex Polizzi – the Fixer Returns, BBC2

Deep blue yonder: UK tourist trail extends  all the way to seabed

Waterproof guidebooks and underwater signposts to help people explore Britain’s most secluded heritage sites 

The Leicester car park where Richard III's remains were found

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

University of Leicester Archaeological Services said the tomb is one of four graves uncovered during the search for Richard III

An artist's impression of what the elite lady would have looked like in the grave at the time of the funeral some 4400 years ago

Four-thousand year old gold-adorned skeleton found near Windsor

Archaeologists, excavating near the Royal Borough, have discovered the 4400 year old skeleton of an upper class woman

Timber foundation beams from Roman building, Bloomberg Place

8,000 artefacts and rising: City dig pronounced the 'most important ever' in London

Archaeologists have nicknamed the site 'the Pompeii of the North'

Legge: in the trench or the laboratory, he was tremendous company

Professor Tony Legge: Authority on the archaeology of animal bones

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.

Never mind the hunt for Richard III, what about Boudicca?

The search is on for warrior queen’s bones, once thought to lie beneath a McDonald’s

The latest offering from the Stallhagen brewery is actually almost 200 years old
A new UCL exhibition showcases the men who swallowed everything from knives to balls of hair

Chew on this: UCL exhibition showcases the men who swallowed everything from knives to balls of hair

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

Thirteen skeletons, lying in two neat rows 2.4m beneath a road in Farringdon have been unearthed by excavations for London's Crossrail project

Postcard from... Aratikos

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.

It's too hard to spend a penny these days. Let's follow Canada and scrap them

All the penny serves for is an unwanted reminder of our financial mess

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

So, what did the Romans do for us? New digs reveal truth about Hadrian's Wall

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.

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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