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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.

Picture of the Day: Ruins of lost kingdom threatened from below

The ruined city of Hampi, a Unesco world heritage site and one of the most important archaeological locations in southern India, is under severe threat, experts have warned. Illegal quarrying and blasting have severely damaged some of the remains and pushed others to the verge of collapse.

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Prehistoric war unearthed in Peak District

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Ancient site on heritage list

The spectacular Jarlshof archaeological dig in the Shetland Islands is one of 11 sites on a list for consideration for Unesco world heritage status. The Jarlshof excavations have revealed evidence of human habitation stretching from the Bronze Age to the 17th Century. Also on the list are the UK Overseas Territories of St Helena in the South Atlantic and the Turks and Caicos Islands Ben Curtis/pa

Experts uncover 1,500-year-old church

Israeli archaeologists today said they have uncovered a 1,500-year-old church, including an unusually well-preserved mosaic floor with images of lions, foxes, fish and peacocks.

Ehud Netzer: Israeli archaeologist best known for excavating King Herod's winter palace

Ehud Netzer, who died on 28 October aged 76, was an influential Israeli archaeologist best known for excavating King Herod's winter palace near Bethelhem and discovering the monarch's tomb there. He died in hospital following a fall at the site when a safety rail broke.

New blow for Pompeii as wall collapses after rain

A stretch of garden wall ringing an ancient house in Pompeii gave way yesterday after days of torrential rain, the latest structure to collapse at the popular archaeological site.

Roman settlement found on historic estate

A Roman settlement brimming with ancient artefacts and human remains has been unearthed on a building site in west London, it was revealed today.

Finger length reveals sexual promiscuity in Stone Age

Early human ancestors were probably more sexually promiscuous than present-day societies if a study of the finger lengths of fossilised bones is to be believed.

Britain's 'oldest hospital' uncovered

A site which may house Britain's earliest known hospital has been uncovered by archaeologists.

Site of 'Britain's oldest hospital' uncovered

A site which may house Britain's earliest known hospital has been uncovered by archaeologists.

Neanderthals 'had sense of compassion'

The days of using the term "Neanderthal" as an insult may be on the way out as research published today shows the early humans had a deep-seated sense of compassion.

Ice age flint tools found during road repairs

Archaeological remains dating back to the last Ice Age have been found during work to upgrade a major road, the Highways Agency said.

Grave reveals grim lives of Cromwell's men

Rare evidence of the harsh lives and squalid deaths of soldiers fighting for what was to become Oliver Cromwell's New Model Army has been unearthed in a series of mass graves.

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