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A key, a casket and the hunt for Spanish dramatist Pedro Calderón's bones
Dogged detective work and radar scans of a church wall may help find the last resting place of the great playwright

Sam Jones in Madrid

24, Jan, 2021 @10:15 AM

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Fabled ark could be among ancient treasures in danger in Ethiopia’s deadly war
Tigray’s rich heritage is ‘highly endangered’, experts warn, as the conflict escalates near key cultural sites

Harriet Sherwood

24, Jan, 2021 @9:45 AM

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The farmer’s boy and the ship of gold: uncovering the treasures of Sutton Hoo
The story of the 1939 amateur dig in Suffolk that unearthed the richest grave found in Europe is now being retold on screen

Robin McKie

17, Jan, 2021 @10:45 AM

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2,000-year-old remains of infant and pet dog uncovered in France
Child was buried at beginning of first century surrounded by vases and animal offerings

Kim Willsher in Paris

15, Jan, 2021 @3:24 PM

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The Dig review – Sutton Hoo excavation romance is none too deep
Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes unearth an Anglo-Saxon burial ship, but leave their emotions interred, in this robustly English drama

Peter Bradshaw

13, Jan, 2021 @3:00 PM

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County diary: where there's muck, there's copper
Sandy, Bedfordshire: The contents of a million privies were raked across the fields and with the human waste came illicit extras

Derek Niemann

12, Jan, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Victorian bathhouse uncovered beneath Manchester car park
Mayfield baths found in ‘stunning’ condition by archaeologists on site behind Piccadilly station

Josh Halliday North of England correspondent

10, Jan, 2021 @12:12 PM

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Squatters issue death threats to archaeologist who discovered oldest city in the Americas
Squatters reportedly belonging to one family claim site of 5,000 year-old ruins was given to them in the 1970s

Dan Collyns in Lima

03, Jan, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Render unto Rome – contrite tourists return pilfered relics
Whether compelled by guilt or superstition, more and more tourists are returning items they lifted from Italian cultural sites

Angela Giuffrida in Rome

29, Dec, 2020 @5:30 AM

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Researchers win £1m grant to unlock secrets of Viking-era treasure trove
Galloway Hoard comprising more than 100 objects lay undiscovered for 1,000 years before discovery in 2014

Caroline Davies

21, Dec, 2020 @12:01 AM

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French detectorist accused of looting on vast scale after haul discovered at home
‘Patrice T’ suspected over hoard including 14,000 Roman coins he claims to have dug up in Belgian field

Daniel Boffey in Brussels

16, Dec, 2020 @1:21 PM

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A World Beneath the Sands by Toby Wilkinson review – the golden age of Egyptology
From Napoleon and the Great Pyramid to the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb ... archeological explorations and European colonialism

Tom Holland

14, Dec, 2020 @7:30 AM

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