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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Saturday 24 November 2012
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.
Sunday 18 November 2012
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
Friday 02 November 2012
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.
Thursday 01 November 2012
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.
Tuesday 30 October 2012
A second skeleton found by archaeologists searching for the remains of King Richard III could be that of a friary's female founder.
Thursday 25 October 2012
We've had Alien vs. Predator, Monsters vs. Aliens and Dracula vs. Frankenstein, but what would happen if modern man and his prehistoric ancestor were to square off?
Wednesday 24 October 2012
Well, I hope my old Anglo Saxon studies tutor is happy. I remember that in more than one of his lectures he reared up to his full height (considerable, given the worn leather bush hat he used to sport) to rant about the TV show Time Team.
Friday 12 October 2012
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.
Friday 05 October 2012
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.
Saturday 29 September 2012
'I don't have an impulse to make work that looks like my work'
Tuesday 28 August 2012
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.
Friday 24 August 2012
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.
Monday 06 August 2012
International action is urgently required to save the world's imperilled historic shipwrecks from the ravages of commercial fishing, experts have warned.
Monday 06 August 2012
Archaeologists want sunken vessels to be given the same levels of protection as threatened marine ecosystems
Friday 03 August 2012
Hadrian's Wall is not an easy monument to interpret. Its very size suggests that its sole purpose was defence, but study of the archaeological remains leads to a more subtle view in which frontier control and the mobility of the Roman army in the whole of the frontier zone played a part.
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