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Still with mysteries to reveal after 7,000 years. Stonehenge Hidden Landscape Project LBIArchPRO

How technology, not spades, revealed what lies beneath Stonehenge

The recent discoveries at Stonehenge, including ritual monuments, burial mounds and a long barrow, are wonderful examples of how archaeological geophysics can be used in areas where excavation is hard…
Volunteers are a common sight on any archaeological dig, such as this one in Cyprus. Craig Barker

Down and dirty: what volunteers bring to archaeological digs

Although it is not yet 6am, and the sun has only just begun to rise, already the thermometer is pushing 30C, and the humidity so high it is impossible not to sweat. I’m leading an Australian archaeological…
The roots of gender stereotyping are perhaps not so old as we thought. Kostsov/Shutterstock

Our ancient ancestors may have known more about gender than we do

A recent advert by sanitary product manufacturer Always asks us to think harder about the term “like a girl” by asking young adults and teenagers to run, throw or fight “like a girl”. Without thinking…
The view from Hambledon Hill’s impressive defenses towards Shaftesbury. Marilyn Peddle

Hambledon Hill is home to 5,000 years of British history

It is great news that the National Trust has bought Hambledon Hill, a Iron Age hill fort in southwest England, for the nation. Now the expertise of its in-house archaeologists and conservators can be used…
This Assyrian winged bull is safe in Chicago, if far from home. How much else is safe? Trjames

Fears grow for safety of Iraq’s cultural heritage under ISIS

Iraq has a long and rich heritage, home for thousands of years to mighty empires – Assyria and Babylon, the Abbasid caliphate – that ruled the region once known as Mesopotamia, widely held as the cradle…
On the hunt for an Iron Age relic. stab at sleep

Some advice for treasure hunters and culture ministers

Although some countries bar the export of all cultural heritage objects, this is not the case in the UK. It is legal to sell British antiquities overseas, but sellers must acquire an export license for…
The thawing ground gives up its many secrets. Qanirtuuq Collection

Ancient Eskimo artefacts saved from slipping into the sea

Villagers living in the Somerset levels who have been inundated with floodwaters for weeks will be able to sympathise with the difficulties faced by those in the similarly low-lying Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta…
Alfred the Great can finally rest in peace. Neil Howard

Close to the bone: the search for Alfred the Great is nearly over

After months of research, excavating old graves and following one lead after another, my colleagues and I can confirm that remains we discovered are those of English king Alfred the Great or his son Edward…
Before or after dinner? Drumsara

The Pompeii diet: leg of giraffe, sea urchin, hold the KFC

Pompeii has always been a magical place for me with its vast avenues and huge government buildings, small familiar houses and gardens and, of course, the mummified bodies of town citizens, immortalised…
For days when Lucozade and a Mars bar just won’t cut it. barclakj

How eat-local palaeolithic diet kept our ancestors healthy

During the warm periods between ice ages stretching from 500,000 to 200,000 years ago, the southern parts of Britain were occupied by a species of ancient human, Homo heidelbergensis. These hunter-gatherers…
Revelations of a quantum world. ox4photos

X-ray vision for road diggers: the next quantum leap?

Quantum mechanics has been hailed as the next big thing in technology. And quantum computers are a media favourite. But there is a little-known quantum technology that can peer beneath the earth, which…

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