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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.

The 12th-century facebook of Angkor Wat

Identities of the mysterious women carved into the Cambodian temple could finally be revealed. Andrew Buncombe reports

Forget 'Cool Britannia'. 'Rule Britannia' will bring in tourists, says Cameron

Exit Cool Britannia, re-enter Rule Britannia. David Cameron has held out the hope of attracting millions of tourists to rebuild the economy by concentrating on Britain's history.

The Timeline: Flip-flops

Somerset haul of coins is declared treasure

A metal detecting enthusiast who found one of the largest hoards of Roman coins in Britain was hoping for a substantial reward yesterday after his find was officially declared to be treasure.

Treasure hunter finds hoard of 52,000 Roman coins

A metal-detector enthusiast has found one of the biggest ever hoards of Roman coins. It is the biggest hoard ever found in a single vessel in Britain, numbering 52,500 Roman coins of varying denominations.

You wait ages to find one hoard of gold coins...

... and then Dave Crisp came across buried Roman treasure twice in one week

Detector man unearths 52,000 Roman coins

A man with a metal detector has made one of the largest finds of Roman coins in Britain, it was revealed today.

Traces found of the earliest Britons from 900,000 years ago

Mammoths trampled the undergrowth, giant elk stalked the land, and hyenas and sabre-toothed cats took no hostages. This was normal for Norfolk 800,000 years ago, according to scientists who have found the earliest evidence of human settlement in Britain.

Ten things you didn’t know about the Lewis Chessmen

The Lewis Chessmen Unmasked exhibition in Edinburgh brings together the British Museum and the National Museum of Scotland’s collections of the Lewis Chessmen – a set of medieval gaming pieces, originating most likely from Trondheim in the 12th or 13th century, which were discovered on the Hebridean island of Lewis sometime between 1780 and 1831.

The decline of Britain’s public museums

We queue for blockbuster exhibitions while museums and galleries neglect their core collections. It's a cultural catastrophe, argues Adrian Hamilton

4,500-year-old Egyptian sarcophagus and mummy among huge Lahun discovery

A staggering 45 ancient Egyptian tombs have been discovered in Lahun in the Fayum Oasis, around 70 miles south of Cairo. One tomb is from the 18th dynasty (1550-1295 BC), and contains at least 12 wooden sarcophagi stacked on top of each other, in which there are highly-decorated mummies.

Sculpture deemed too complex for Africa could be real after all

Ever since a pure copper sculpture was found buried in a palm grove near the Nigerian city of Ife, experts from the West have argued that the artefact was a fake that was too sophisticated to have been created by African hands.

Leading article: Wrong headed

When the Olokun head was discovered in Nigeria exactly a century ago by the German archaeologist Leo Frobenius, it could have told us a great deal about a lost 14th-century African civilisation. But the artefact has ended up telling us rather more about the often unattractive attitudes of our own.

The best historical pranks and hoaxes

Emperor Constantine had a splendid sense of humour for a Roman, but he couldn't stand criticism. When in the fifth century one of his court jesters boasted that fools and jesters of the court could rule the empire better than the Emperor himself, Constantine decreed that the fools would get their chance at proving this claim.

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