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.

Neanderthal man's 'life of domesticity'

Neanderthal man may have preferred domestic chores to a rugged hunter-gatherer lifestyle, researchers have said.

Metal detector pair strike gold with £10m hoard of Celtic coins

A pair of metal detector enthusiasts struck gold in Jersey after discovering a hoard of Celtic coins worth millions of pounds.

Massive Celtic coins hoard found on Jersey

A massive hoard of Celtic coins worth millions of pounds has been found on the island of Jersey.

Archaeologists in Greece uncover Roman road

Archaeologists in Greece's second-largest city have uncovered a 70-metre section of an ancient road built by the Romans that was city's main travel artery nearly 2,000 years ago.

Two caught 'smuggling' 4th century BC gold wreath and armband in Greece

A retired policeman and a house painter have been arrested in northern Greece on suspicion of antiquities smuggling after an ancient gold wreath and armband were found in their car, police said today.

Pre-Globe Shakespeare theatre unearthed in London

Archaeologists in London have discovered the remains of an early playhouse used by William Shakespeare's company where Romeo and Juliet and Henry V were first performed.

Michael Fassbender is fantastic but his shipmates are a strange bunch in Prometheus

Prometheus, Ridley Scott, 125 mins (15)
The Angels' Share, Ken Loach, 101 mins
Snow White and the Huntsman, Rupert Sanders, 120 mins (12A)

'Alien' was all killer and no filler – what a pity Ridley Scott's prequel is dazzled by its own good looks

Prometheus, Ridley Scott, 125 mins (15); The Angels' Share, Ken Loach, 101 mins; Snow White and the Huntsman, 120 mins (12A)

'Alien' was all killer and no filler – what a pity Ridley Scott's prequel is dazzled by its own good looks

A detail from the 8th century BC Assyrian clay tablet bearing the 45 mystery names written in cuneiform script which have now been deciphered at Cambridge University.

Ancient language discovered on clay tablets found amid ruins of 2800 year old Middle Eastern palace

Archaeologists have discovered evidence for a previously unknown ancient language – buried in the ruins of a 2800 year old Middle Eastern palace.

Bird's-eye shots show stunning Britain

In a year that marks a celebration of Britain, one photographer has taken to the skies to offer a different perspective on world-famous landmarks including Trafalgar Square, The Angel of the North and Stonehenge.

The tradition of bringing the Olympic flame in a relay from Greece began at the Nazi-tainted 1936 Berlin Games. Under the guidance of Joseph Goebbels, 3,331 runners brought the flame from Olympia

Olympic flame: Ready, steady, glow!

The Olympic flame starts its journey to London this week from the Temple of Hera in Greece. It will be held in a torch of pioneering. British design. Emily Dugan sheds a little light

One of the ancient treasures that will be on display in Cambridge

Biggest ever collection of Chinese artefacts set to arrive in Britain

The largest collection of ancient Chinese royal treasures  ever permitted to leave China will go on display in Britain next week.

Album: Sweet Billy Pilgrim, Crown and Treaty (Luxor/EMI)

Sweet Billy Pilgrim's follow-up to 2009's Mercury-nominated Twice Born Men finds songwriter Tim Elsenburg making great strides forward with an ambitious cycle of songs about identity and history.

Secrets of the earliest Britons could be hidden in 5,000-year-old tomb

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a Neolithic portal dolmen, one of Western Europe's oldest ritual burial chambered monuments, in an isolated field in Wales.

Heritage: Britain 'fails to protect treasures'

Conservationists and archaeologists have urged the Government to sign The Hague convention on the protection of historical artefacts at times of war.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

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Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there