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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.

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Perhaps the Yankee boys from Company C had tumbled into the basement on Princess Anne Street to escape the rebel snipers hidden in the ruined buildings outside.

Stone Age home found

Archaeologists have unearthed the ruins of one of Britain's oldest homes during construction work in a field north-west of Edinburgh. The remains are thought to be more than 10,000 years old. They were found during archaeological excavation works in preparation for building the Forth Replacement Crossing, a new bridge across the Firth of Forth.

Man responsible for making Titanic seaworthy had request for 50% more lifeboats knocked back, new documents reveal

Private papers from the man responsible for making sure the Titanic was safe to sail have emerged that show he demanded 50% more lifeboats but was pressurised by the White Star Line into backing down.

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Italy is the land of the automobile and whether it's parking on pavements or adopting the national driving philosophy of “Why brake when you can swerve?”, locals give most of their best performances on four wheels. It has emerged that a particularly contentious manoeuvre or “inchino” (little bow) took place during the Targa Florio car rally in Sicily last month, when participants were allowed to drive by – and into – one of Italy's most celebrated archaeological sites, the Greek theatre in Syracuse.

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A 100-year-old cinema in Devon, a Margate roller coaster and Britain's first atomic bomb store, in Thetford Heath, Suffolk, are among the historic sites at risk of being lost for future generations, warns English Heritage.

Burial site of ancient warrior queen found in Guatemala

Known as Lady Snake Lord to her pals and Kaloomte, or "supreme warrior" to her subjects, Lady K'abel ruled the Wak kingdom in present day Guatemala between AD 672 and 692.

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Just over a decade ago, Gemma Smith decided she was going to be "the next Evelyn O’Connell". She has since graduated from Swansea University with a first class honours degree in Egyptology, and is about to start her MA in Ancient Egyptian Culture.

Archaeologists begin dig to uncover grave of Richard III in Leicester

The son of a descendant of Richard III's eldest sister was on site today as what is believed to be the first ever search for the lost grave of an anointed King of England began in a city centre car park.

HMS Victory, the 1737 predecessor to Nelson’s flagship, was lost with all hands in 1744 in the English Channel. Armed with 100 bronze cannon, it was found in 2008, damaged by trawlers and still at risk

Scientist warns trawler damage to shipwrecks will result in an archaeological catastrophe

International action is urgently required to save the world's imperilled historic shipwrecks from the ravages of commercial fishing, experts have warned.

HMS Victory, the 1737 predecessor to Nelson’s flagship, was lost with all hands in 1744 in the English Channel. Armed with 100 bronze cannon, it was found in 2008, damaged by trawlers and still at risk

You're wrecking our wrecks! Experts warn of damage trawlers are doing to maritime history

Archaeologists want sunken vessels to be given the same levels of protection as threatened marine ecosystems

Lives Remembered: Brian Dobson, Archaeologist and noted authority on Hadrian’s Wall

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