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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.

Geordie Greig: 'I think the digital generation have got used to not paying for information'

The Evening Standard's editor tells Ian Burrell why the internet forced the paper's hand

Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler, British Museum, London

Sacrificial vessels, phallic daggers, nightmarish imagery the art of the Aztecs was meant to inspire terror

Anglo-Saxon gold hoard 'worth seven-figure sum'

A massive hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver found by a metal detector enthusiast is worth a "seven-figure sum", an expert said today.

When treasure hunters hit the jackpot

The historic find in Staffordshire is comparable with some of the most significant hauls in Britain.

Travel By Numbers: Aztec Mexico

As Moctezuma fever hits the UK, Katie Reynolds sums up the ancient ruler's homeland

Carefully does it! The museum removal men

Moving an exhibition of priceless artifacts across the globe is no simple matter. Rob Sharp meets the museum removal men who make light work of heavy lifting

Buried in a hurry – but it took a millennium to find

Unique collection discovered by metal detectors casts new light on the Vikings

The Verse Revolutionaries, By Helen Carr

Lines of fire in a Soho rebellion

Felipe Solis: Archaeologist who assembled one of the world's greatest collections of Pre-Colombian artefacts

Thirty-one years ago, when Felipe Solis was working with the team that discovered the first image of the Moon Goddess, Coyolxauhquil, he "felt the hands of the gods on my shoulder."

Roman silver haul declared treasure trove

A collection of more than 1,000 Roman coins found in farmland was officially declared treasure trove today.

Has politics lost the art of culture?

Only five MPs have the passion to be Culture Secretary, says Tate director

Don't know much about history? You need a British Museum volunteer...

Height, breadth, and depth: the British Museum possesses these dimensions in abundance, both in the solid angles of the neo-Classical exterior and the whimsical flourishes of the Great Court. Its treasures extend back along the dimension of time for millennia. But, as I discovered in a single day's immersion in this English miracle, you need an extra dimension to get the most out of the collection: guides Helen, Keith or Carolyn, each of whom add the essential extra aspect of context.

Acropolis now! A museum for the Elgin Marbles

The battle to recover the Elgin Marbles has been long and fruitless. Now Greece has built a museum in the hope it will one day house them.

Boyd Tonkin: Infinite riches in two little rooms

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Greeks say 'No' to austerity and plunge Europe into crisis
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7/7 bombings anniversary

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No hope and no jobs, so Gaza's young risk their lives, climb the fence and run for it

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So the young risk their lives and run for it
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Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers
The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
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Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

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It helps a winner keep on winning
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Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

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Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

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Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
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