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.
Fill your summer days (and your stomach) with our pick of the finest foodie days out, from chilli celebrations to whisky business...
A drop of rain could not affect sartorial standards at Royal Ascot today - and even a dog was appropriately dressed for Ladies' Day.
A warm welcome, good food and a fine ale can make living in a commuter village about more than just motorway links and train connections, says Ruth Bloomfield
Ceramic knives, silicone moulds, posh Italian coffee pots – these are the new objects of desire for a nation obsessed with kitchenware. Christopher Hirst gets a handle on the £500m sexy pots-and-pans industry
Overfishing has claimed more than 85 per cent of the world's reefs, and the BP oil spill has taken its own toll
Where to go, what to do in 2011
The spiralling price of seasonal delicacies has generated a "luxury" crime wave in France this Christmas – and now one violent death.
Employers should be digging deeper into job applicants’ psyches to make sure they are right for the role
There’s a kaleidoscope of life and cultures around the Etang de Thau. About 21km long and 8km wide, this shimmering stretch of water is one of the largest lagoons on the Mediterranean shores. The area is variously a haven of great seafood, safe adventure, serious health treatments, charming villages and wonderfully colourful traditions. Of course, given that this is the Languedoc region, there are plenty of very productive vineyards, too.
At the western end of the lagoon, you can literally get a taste of the area, for here you can visit an oyster farm and also sample the famous Noilly Prat vermouth.
Roger Protz hears how staff picked up the pieces after the brewery was devastated by floods – and kept the beer flowing
Archaeologists discover that theatregoers liked to snack on seafood during performances in Tudor times
Timely, but not earth-shattering
The norovirus outbreak at the Fat Duck will have left restaurant-goers more wary of eating shellfish
The Bristol Old Vic is temporarily decked out with sandbags and bunting as if celebrating D-Day, or some amateur theatre revival of Oh, What a Lovely War!