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VIDEO: Mark Hamill on new Star Wars

BBC test - Thu, 2014-07-24 20:05
Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker more than 30 years ago, has said it feels like an "unexpected gift" to be back on a Star Wars set.
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VIDEO: Note found in World War One kilt

BBC test - Thu, 2014-07-24 18:44
A hidden poem written by a Glasgow woman has been found sewn into the folds of a World War One kilt owned by a Southampton academic.
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VIDEO: Ex-boyfriend guilty of Jayden murder

BBC test - Thu, 2014-07-24 17:26
Ben Blakeley, the ex-boyfriend of pregnant teenager Jayden Parkinson, has been found guilty of her murder.
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VIDEO: The tale of the pub with no power

BBC test - Thu, 2014-07-24 16:26
Bad weather left a Kent pub without power over Christmas, the landlord has been compensated for loss of earnings as power companies change the rules on payments for people whose power is cut off
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Batsworthy Cross Open Day a Success

Wessex Archaeology - Thu, 2014-07-24 15:36

On Wednesday 23rd July 2014 we opened our excavations at Batsworthy Cross, Knowstone, Devon, to the public. Over 200 local residents turned out on a scorching day to come and see our previously unknown medieval settlement which includes the remains of stone wall foundations.  Wessex Archaeology were commissioned by RWE Innogy UK to undertake the archaeological investigations on the site of a proposed wind farm. The works have included an earthwork survey, trial trench evaluations and the excavation.  The open day was an opportunity for local people to view some of the pottery that has been found on the site, as well as walk around the remains of the medieval building. The structure may have been for agricultural use, or perhaps a dwelling forming part of a small farming community. Other archaeological features on the site include drainage ditches and droveway. The discovery has the potential to shed more light on how this part of Devon was occupied and used during the medieval period.   The open day also attracted media attention, with interviews with BBC Radio Devon and the North Devon Gazette.  More information on our excavations, including blogs, will be posted onto our website in the coming weeks. You can also keep up to date with the wind farm developments by visiting www.rwe.com   
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VIDEO: Viking boat goes on display

BBC test - Thu, 2014-07-24 15:25
The remains of a 1,000-year-old Viking boat have gone on display for the first time in the city where it was found.
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VIDEO: Olympic cauldron secrets revealed

BBC test - Thu, 2014-07-24 15:11
The London 2012 Olympic Cauldron is going on display for the first time in a purpose-built gallery.
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VIDEO: Police monitored bereaved families

BBC test - Thu, 2014-07-24 15:04
Metropolitan Police gathered information on 18 bereaved families campaigning for justice, including relatives of Stephen Lawrence and Jean-Charles de Menezes.
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VIDEO: New twist in Banksy mural saga

BBC test - Thu, 2014-07-24 12:48
There are questions over the ownership of the Banksy Spy Booth mural in Cheltenham, as Steve Knibbs reports.
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VIDEO: UK 'disappointed' no Gaza ceasefire

BBC test - Thu, 2014-07-24 11:08
The Foreign Secretary, Phillip Hammond, has said he is "disappointed" that Hamas has rejected a ceasefire proposal aimed at easing the conflict in Gaza.
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3-D image of Palaeolithic child’s skull reveals trauma, brain damage

Heritage Daily - Thu, 2014-07-24 10:56
3-D imaging provides researchers with brand new insights into Palaeolithic child’s skull trauma.

3D imaging of a Palaeolithic child’s skull reveals evidence of a potentially violent head trauma that probably lead to brain damage, according to a study published July 23rd, 2014 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Hélène Coqueugniot and colleagues from CNRS- Université de Bordeaux and EPHE.

A Palaeolithic child that lived approximately 100,000 years ago discovered at Qafzeh in lower Galilee, Israel, was originally thought to have a skull lesion that resulted from a trauma that healed. The child was aged 12-13 at the time of death, but the circumstances surrounding the child’s death remain mysterious. In order to obtain a better understanding of the injury, the authors of the study aimed to look at the child’s impact wound using 3D imaging, which allows them to better explore the inner bone lesions and estimate brain size to reconstruct the events surrounding the brain trauma.

The 3D reconstruction has unveiled that the child’s skull fracture appears to be compound, with a broken piece depressed in the skull, surrounded by linear fractures. The authors suggest that this type of fracture is generally as a result of blunt force trauma, often from interpersonal violence, but can also occur accidentally. The depressed fracture probably caused a moderate traumatic brain injury, with the possibility of creating personality changes, trouble controlling movements and difficulty in social communication. The authors concluded that, the child represents the oldest documented human case of severe skull trauma available in south-western Asia. Additionally, it appears the child was the recipient of special social attention after death, as the body positioning seems intentional with two deer antlers lying on the upper part of the adolescent’s chest, suggesting that a deliberate ceremonial burial was carried out.

An example of a ceremonial burial: WikiPedia

Hélène Coqueugniot added, “Digital imaging and 3D reconstruction evidenced the oldest traumatic brain injury in a Paleolithic child. Post-traumatic neuropsychological disorders could have impaired social life of this individual who was buried, when teenager, with a special ritual raising the question of compassion in Prehistory.”

 

Contributing Source: PLOS

Header Image Source: WikiPedia

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VIDEO: Shakespeare in Love stage show opens

BBC test - Thu, 2014-07-24 10:37
An adaptation of the Oscar-winning film, Shakespeare in Love, makes its London stage debut.
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VIDEO: 'Cheesegrater' construction complete

BBC test - Thu, 2014-07-24 10:23
Building work is completed on the tallest skyscraper in the City of London.
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VIDEO: Terriers take turn in Games spotlight

BBC test - Thu, 2014-07-24 10:17
Some of the owners of the Scottish Terriers who led out the teams at the opening ceremony in Glasgow have been talking about their time in the spotlight.
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AUDIO: Why don't women write to newspapers?

BBC test - Thu, 2014-07-24 09:46
Iain Hollingshead and Yvonne Roberts discuss why men write more letters to newspapers than women.
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VIDEO: The Commonwealth Games in 60 seconds

BBC test - Thu, 2014-07-24 08:11
As the Commonwealth Games kick off in Glasgow, the BBC explains the background to the action - in 60 seconds.
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VIDEO: Commonwealth Games begin in Glasgow

BBC test - Thu, 2014-07-24 03:50
The 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony takes place at Celtic Park in Glasgow.
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Europeana project aims to save more forgotten First World War family histories

24 Hour Museum - Thu, 2014-07-24 00:00
Do you have First World War family heirlooms and mementos? The British Library and Europeana 1914-1918 are calling on people in Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and beyond to share their stories for a unique online archive.
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Eerie reconstructions show faces and diets of medieval men and women in Edinburgh graveyard

24 Hour Museum - Thu, 2014-07-24 00:00
A five-year investigation into hundreds of bodies discovered at a former church graveyard in Edinburgh has revealed the look of medieval residents through forensic artwork.
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COMPETITION: Win a copy of Andrew Robertshaw's Somme 1916, Battle Story

24 Hour Museum - Thu, 2014-07-24 00:00
We have three copies of Andrew Robertshaw's new account of the Battle of the Somme to give away to Culture24 readers.
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