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.

'One of the most significant findings of the last 100 years': Artefacts discovered on Dartmoor hint at ancient trading links

Discovery gives archaeologists an insight into the lives of people who lived on the rugged south western moorland  4,000 years ago

Postcard from... Beirut

It was meant to be a visit to promote the protection of Lebanon's cultural heritage, but it didn't quite go to plan.

Mark Rothko’s painting was defaced with black paint at Tate Modern in October

Look out, art thieves: museums are fighting back

New organisation set up after high-profile thefts will let galleries share information instantly

Pompeii restorer held for corruption

A former restorer of the ancient city of Pompeii was arrested on corruption charges yesterday and five others are under investigation.

Postcard from... Süderoog

The tiny North Sea island of Süderoog lies surrounded by drying sandbanks just a mile or two off Germany's north west coast. A century ago the writer Detlev von Liliencron looked out from the island at low tide and observed that it was encircled by wrecks protruding from the sands like “the ribs of dead camels in the desert”. But in recent times travellers to Süderoog, have seen nothing but sand and mud when visiting the island.

Time's Anvil: England, Archaeology and the Imagination, By Richard Morris

From Stonehenge to Birmingham, this survey of the art of the dig modifies our map of the past

Surreal: Las Setas 'mushrooms'

An augmented reality stroll in Seville

You're never far from history here, but a new tour gets you closer still

Buried in consecrated ground: Ned Kelly’s final wish is honoured

More than 130 years after he was hanged, the remains of the notorious bushranger Ned Kelly will finally be laid to rest – minus his skull.

Hamlet to be performed at of Rose Theatre Bankside for the first time in 400 years

Hamlet will be performed at the Rose Theatre, Bankside for the first time since 1594.

Television programmes such as CSI have helped boost popularity of forensic science courses

Forensic scientists need skeletons to train – but they’re down to bare bones

Universities struggling to find remains to study as colonial corpses are sent home

'The Tutankhamun dig of aviation': Brits to begin digging up missing Spitfires buried in Burmese jungle

A Lincolnshire farmer who has spent 17 years investigating rumours that dozens of factory-fresh Spitfires could be lying buried under Burmese soil expects to find the aeroplanes “perfectly preserved”.

Sword at Sunset, By Rosemary Sutcliff

This anniversary edition of Rosemary Sutcliff's 'Arthurian' adult novel proves it was her 'odd one out'

The discovery shows that prehistoric people must have experimented with ways of preserving milk

Stone Age people were making cheese over 7,000 years ago

Stone Age people living in northern Europe were making cheese more than 7,000 years ago according to scientists who believe they have found the first direct evidence of dairy processing.

The Weekend's Viewing: Two history shows, but with very different intellectual price points

Rome's Lost Empire, Sun, BBC1 // Westminster Abbey, Fri, BBC2

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