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One of the most important relics of indigenous Viking culture will leave Scotland for the first time in its 1,100 year history to go on display at the British Museum this week.

Backpackers ditch adventure for tried and tested holidays

Britain's backpackers are playing it safe in their quest for adventure by swapping off-the-beaten-track destinations for tried and tested favourites.

Directors escape pensions damage

Company directors are the one class of British worker to remain relatively unscathed by the decline in final salary pension provision, according to research by the pensions adviser, Origen.

24 Hours In Santorini

A leisurely lunch, a spot of culture, charming shops and jaw-dropping views. This Cycladic island provides the perfect recipe for a relaxing day

Jemima Lewis: The difference between sex and pornography

Long before I tried it, I knew that sex could be funny, miserable and embarrassing as well as passionate

Treasures of Ancient Persia go on show

Hugh McKenzie

Watercolourist who created a record of the London streets

The Broader Picture: Shoots and leaves

On first inspection, it looks like children playing on another hot late-afternoon in Africa. Before long, however, these few passersby in the Peace Park of Maputo, Mozambique, are joined by others. The adults observing are more cautious, knowing that parts of the "tree" they are looking at could have been used to kill members of their own families.

Dome to host UK return of Tutankhamun

A boy king who died more than 3,000 years ago has emerged as the latest unlikely saviour of the troubled Millennium Dome.

Found: 50,000 treasures unearthed by Britain's amateur archaeologists

When Peter and Christine Johnson decided on a whim to shut their fitness shop early one day last year to try their luck at treasure-hunting, their metal detectors had hardly been used.

Hidden in a British Museum basement: the lost Ark looted by colonial raiders

On a shelf in a locked basement room underneath the British Museum, are kept 11 wooden tablets; they are covered in purple velvet. And no one among the museum's staff - including Neil MacGregor, the director - is permitted to enter the room.

Civilisations built on sand

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