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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Sunday 25 March 2012
Week after week, the BBC Olympics comedy, which returns on Friday, came up with plots ahead of real life
Friday 16 March 2012
The remains of a mysterious Anglo-Saxon princess, who died thirteen and a half centuries ago, have been found in a field three miles south of Cambridge.
Thursday 01 March 2012
Widow of Atlantic Records founder gives Oxford £26m for spectacular study centre
Tuesday 28 February 2012
New archaeological evidence suggests that America was first discovered by Stone Age people from Europe – 10,000 years before the Siberian-originating ancestors of the American Indians set foot in the New World.
Sunday 05 February 2012
My usually organised friend Abi emailed, cross with the unsightly clump of jewellery stuffed in her drawer. "I need organised storage," she wrote. "And as many pieces are like mini works of art it seems silly not to display them: but how?" Here's what I suggested...
Sunday 22 January 2012
The remains of the first HMS Victory are to be raised from the sea bed nearly 300 years after it sank, it was reported today.
Wednesday 11 January 2012
The helmet could have been captured as a war trophy or a diplomatic gift from a Roman officer
Sunday 18 December 2011
Discovery reignites debate over transportation of smaller standing stones
Thursday 03 November 2011
The long scientific dispute over when anatomically modern humans first arrived in Europe on their long trek out of Africa has come close to resolution – with the help of a fragment of jawbone belonging to an elderly person who lived near present-day Torquay.
Thursday 27 October 2011
Researchers in Japan have unearthed a sunken shipwreck from one of the country's most legendary episodes – the ill-fated 13th Century invasion by the forces of Mongol ruler Kublai Khan.
Saturday 03 September 2011
Botched amputations and scurvy are among the grim realities of naval life during the Napoleonic Wars revealed by a scientific examination of skeletons buried in three Royal Navy graveyards.
Friday 02 September 2011
From Freud's Civilisation and its Discontents to the Indiana Jones films, digging has long been a metaphor for cultural and psychological processes. From tomorrow, archaeology and art will become one when the performer Robert Pacitti curates Dig and Sow, a series of public digs across eastern England.
Wednesday 17 August 2011
An appeal has been launched to help recover from the seabed a German bomber which was shot down over the Kent coast during the Battle of Britain.
Friday 29 July 2011
Peru's extravagant celebrations of the centenary of the rediscovery of Machu Picchu descended into farce this week, after a bureaucratic wrangle that saw hundreds of tourists from around the world barred from entering the Inca ruins.
Friday 22 July 2011
Unlike the previous 15 volumes in Profile's excellent "Wonders of the World" series, this learned but lively book explores a site that "can be baffling, ugly and frustrating".
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