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April Fool!

April Fool! Did we catch you out with our ‘breaking news’ about the earliest-known representation of the Easter Bunny? Sadly this discovery only exists in our imaginations – but the artefact we featured is real, though in reality it  is a 2nd-3rd century Roman brooch  from Lincolnshire. You can read its entry on the Portable […]

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Archaeosongs

While reading about the Bronze Age skeleton ‘Racton Man’, we got Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ well and truly stuck in our heads – so we asked our Twitter followers for more ArchaeoSongs!

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Neglected church transformed

A neglected Grade II* listed Victorian church in Bolton, near Manchester, has been transformed into a new community centre that opens today (6 December), a project that the Churches Conservation Trust hopes will provide a model for England’s 200 other at-risk urban churches. Built in 1881 by an Evangelical mill owner, All Souls, Bolton was […]

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Richard III: case closed?

Extensive genetic and genealogical analysis involving both male and female-line relatives of Richard III  have confirmed that the skeleton found beneath a Leicester car park is that of the lost Medieval king, researchers announced today (2 December). Bayesian statistical analysis has proven the remains’ identity to a probability of 99.999% ‘at its most conservative’, the […]

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Richard III to be reburied in Leicester

The remains of Richard III are to be re-interred in Leicester Cathedral – likely next spring – a judicial review concluded today (23 May). Addressing crowds of journalists in the cathedral, shortly after the High Court handed down their decision at 10am, the Rt Rvd Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester, announced that the judges  had […]

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Archaeological April Fools

Every year on 1 April, the staff of  CA  eagerly scan as many news sources as we can get our hands on, searching for the best archaeological April Fools’ Day pranks that we can spot (while keeping everything crossed that we don’t laughingly pass up a genuine scoop!). This year we weren’t disappointed – here […]

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Earliest human footprints outside Africa found – in Norfolk

Archaeologists have found the earliest human footprints known outside Africa, at Happisburgh on the Norfolk coast. Dating back 800,000 years, the prints are thought to have been made by five individuals, including both adults and children. They were identified by a team of scientists led by the British Museum, Natural History Museum, and Queen Mary […]

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A great discovery: remains of king Alfred or his son found in Winchester?

A fragment of human pelvis excavated in Winchester is ‘very likely’ to be part of the remains of King Alfred the Great (849-899), or his son Edward, archaeologists announced today at a packed press conference. Found during archaeological work at Hyde Abbey  in the 1990s, the piece of bone belongs to an adult male aged […]

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