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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.

Elgin Marbles question renewed as Athens museum opens

The long-overdue New Acropolis Museum is now scheduled to open in Athens on 20 June. However, the impact will be felt most acutely in Bloomsbury, central London, as one of Britain's longest-running international disputes takes a potentially decisive turn.

Aztec ruler Moctezuma unmasked

Mystery surrounds the Aztec ruler who died at the hands of the Spanish conquistadors. Arifa Akbar reports on a British Museum exhibition intended to shed light on his life

Shah 'Abbas: The Remaking of Iran, British Museum, London

A matchless exhibition unveils a ruthless Persian tyrant and his opulent taste

Shah Abbas: The Remaking Of Iran, British Museum, London

Exotic riches of an Iranian tyrant

PM's plan for 'Britishness' museum consigned to history

Withering criticism of Gordon Brown's bid to promote national identity has seen the project shelved

Duped council hopes to display fake statue

A council which was duped into paying £440,000 for a fake Egyptian statuette said today that it hopes to put the sculpture on display in a local museum.

Boudicca's gold hoard unearthed

The largest hoard of prehistoric gold coins in Britain in modern times has been discovered by a metal detectorist in East Anglia.

Frisson of power: blockbusting art shows

Byzantium, Babylon and now the Tsars. The blockbuster shows of the moment all celebrate the art and artefacts of long-lost empires. Tom Lubbock thinks he knows why

Ethiopia demands stolen crown back

President writes to British museums to call for return of more than 400 treasures looted in 1868

Elizabeth Eames: Influential, widely published archaeologist whose expertise was in medieval floor-tiles

In 1949 Elizabeth Eames became Special Acting Assistant Keeper in the Department of British and Medieval Antiquities in the British Museum. She had been appointed to unwrap and catalogue the department's collections, which had been sent away to safe places for the duration of the Second World War. But before long she was invited to work on the collection of medieval floor-tiles that the trustees had acquired, with a grant from the National Art Collections Fund from the Duke of Rutland in April 1947 to augment the not inconsiderable collection already in the museum.

Just go with the flow on this northern trail

Walk of the Month: Never mind Hadrian's Wall. Northumberland has other beautiful spots worth exploring, says Mark Rowe

Leading article: Golden age

Maybe you thought all that had gone out with the credit crunch; that the Damien Hirst sale set the seal on the age of excess and a return to the spare lines of Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore was just around the gallery corner. If so, you would be wrong.

You write the reviews: Hadrian: Empire And Conflict, British Museum, London

Hadrian: Empire and Conflict, the second of four major exhibitions at the British Museum on rulers who shaped the world in which we now live, presents us with a problem. What are we to make of an admirer of Greek culture who, shortly after taking office, withdrew Roman troops from Mesopotamia, commissioned innovative and beautiful buildings and honoured his male lover with evocative statues, but perpetrated acts of genocide against the Jews?

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