Category: UK

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Sicilian splendours

Sicily, one of the world’s great crossroads of culture, is the subject of the British Museum’s latest must-see exhibition, Sicily: Culture and Conquest. Curators Dirk Booms and Peter Higgs take us behind the scenes, telling the story using five of their favourite objects from the displays. Sicily sits in the centre of the Mediterranean, its […]

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The mystery of Naukratis

Revealing Egypt’s international port From the late 7th century BC, the Nile Delta port of Naukratis was the world’s gateway to Egypt. Yet, despite early archaeological research at the site, it has languished in the shadows. Who lived there, how did the port operate, and what (sometimes salacious) secrets remained hidden? Alexandra Villing and Ross […]

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Richard III rediscovered

Human remains found beneath a Leicester carpark are those of Richard III, England’s last Medieval monarch, a multi-disciplinary team of experts have announced.

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Meet the Vikings: at the National Museum of Scotland

The stereotypical Viking of popular culture is a marauding raider in a horned helmet, but the archaeological record provides a much more nuanced view. Vikings!, a touring exhibition drawing on the collections of the Swedish History Museum in Stockholm, explores some of these ideas, showing the inhabitants of Medieval Scandinavia not just as warriors, but […]

Photo: Antonio Quattrone, Florence

Spilling the beans on BRONZE … coming soon to the Royal Academy

The Royal Academy is planning a spectacular and innovative new exhibition that will bring together an eclectic collection of bronze artefacts spanning the world and time. Simply called Bronze, it will display more than 150 rare and precious works of art, from the 14th century BC Trundholm Chariot of the Sun – on special loan […]

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Artefact: Sarcophagus of Seti I

This magnificent alabaster sarcophagus comes from the tomb of the 19th Dynasty pharaoh Seti I. It was discovered in 1817 by Giovanni Belzoni, a flamboyant Italian Egyptologist – and former barber, circus performer, and hydrologist. Belzoni discovered the intricately carved coffin during his excavation of Tomb KV17 in ancient Thebes, now known as the Valley […]

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Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Due to celebrate the 100th anniversary of moving to its current location next year, Cambridge University’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has reopened to the public following a £1.8m transformation of its ground-floor galleries. Over 4,000 objects have been redisplayed during the 18-month redevelopment, many never shown in public before. New exhibition space houses ‘Gifts […]

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The Search for Immortality at The Fitzwilliam Museum

The Han Dynasty was founded in 206 BC, and their 400 years of near-continuous rule represent a Golden Age for China. By the 1st century AD their territory rivalled the Roman Empire for population and power, but this success was hard-won, forged through long struggles with neighbouring states. Now the Fitzwilliam Museum’s new exhibition, The […]

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Archaeologists protest

Greek archaeologists picketed a recent auction of antiquities at a London auction house in protest against cuts to state heritage services in Greece. Ten demonstrators stood outside Christie’s during the sale of Egyptian, Greek, Mesopotamian, and Roman artefacts, holding placards with images of shattered museum cases. This article is an extract from the full article […]

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Chinese artefacts stolen

As we go to press, a third man has been arrested in connection with the theft of 18 Chinese artefacts from the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. The objects, which are mostly jade, date mainly from the Ming and Qing dynasties, and were taken on 13 April at around 7.30pm. Cambridgeshire police have released CCTV images […]

Kent’s Cavern: Long in the tooth and getting longer

New thinking on the movement of Homo sapiens has also emerged from the UK. A fragment of upper jawbone with three teeth from Kent’s Cavern in Devon was initially dated to c.37,000 BC, but re-examination suggested conservators’ glue had contaminated these results. Now, after radiocarbon dating animal bone excavated from above and below the maxilla, […]

Torquay: A coffin fit for a king

In the museum world’s equivalent of finding an heirloom in the attic, the curators at Torquay museum discovered they own an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus that was intended for royalty. The coffin, carved from a single piece of cedar, was originally believed to date from c.700 BC; it had been re-used 200 years later to hold […]

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