VIDEO: Will Scotland give the UK the chop?

BBC test - Mon, 2014-09-15 01:43
As the campaigns for and against Scottish independence enter their final week, Christian Fraser canvases the mood at a hairdresser in Glasgow.
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VIDEO: Is Ireland a model for Scotland?

BBC test - Mon, 2014-09-15 01:42
Mark Easton asks if Scotland can learn anything from Ireland's experience of separation.
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Archaeologists find beer and pizza ovens from Northampton brewery 800 years ago

24 Hour Museum - Mon, 2014-09-15 00:00
A section of a medieval malting oven used to make beer in medieval Northampton has been handed to a modern brewery as experts continue a major excavation in the town centre.
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Tank Museum reflects on brush with Brad Pitt as Fury gets set for London Film Festival

24 Hour Museum - Mon, 2014-09-15 00:00
Fury, which opens next month and will close the BFI's London Film Festival, will star a Tiger Tank and a Sherman, borrowed from the Tank Museum and filmed in Oxfordshire.
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Curator's Choice: A Junkers Ju 87 Stuka aerial stolen by schoolboys during the Battle of Britain

24 Hour Museum - Mon, 2014-09-15 00:00
Tangmere Military Aviation Museum curator David Coxon on an unlikely souvenir purloined by children from a German Stuka dive bomber downed during the Battle of Britain.
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Tank Museum reflects on brush with Brad Pitt as Fury gets set for London Film Festival

24 Hour Museum - Mon, 2014-09-15 00:00
Fury, which opens next month and will close the BFI's London Film Festival, will star a Tiger Tank and a Sherman, borrowed from the Tank Museum and filmed in Oxfordshire.
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Public invited to see excavation of 4,000-year-old Bronze Age barrow on Dartmoor edge

24 Hour Museum - Mon, 2014-09-15 00:00
The Bronze Age Emmet's Post, a Scheduled Monument being excavated as part of a government-approvedquarry expansion in Devon, will open to the public this weekend.
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Egypt’s heritage up for auction in sell-off by the American Institute for Archaeology St Louise Society Inc

Heritage Daily - Sun, 2014-09-14 15:04
Artefacts dating from the 12th dynasty, believed to be from the reign of Sesostris II (1897-1878 B.C.) have been placed up for auction at privately owned Bonhams auction house by the American Institute for Archaeology, St Louise Society Inc.

The assemblage of items was originally excavated in 1913-14 by the British School of Archaeology in Egypt from Tomb 124 at Harageh, the Fayum, near Lahun. They were then acquired by the AIA St. Louise Society Inc. in 1914 in return for their contributions in funding the research excavation.

“Provenance – Property of the Archaeological Institute of America, St. Louis Society Inc. Acquired circa 1914 in return for contributing to funding the excavation.”

The Bonhams auction house describes the assemblage as “There are no comparable assemblages of such deluxe objects known from tombs, either excavated or published, contemporary with those forming the Treasure of Harageh,”

“The Treasure is noteworthy for what appears to be the earliest attestation of actual shells in the design of Egyptian jewellery and for the unique travertine cosmetic spoon, the ankh-design of the handle of which is without parallel for the period.”

The auction is expected to raise between £80,000 – 120,000 and closes early October.

Auction lot:

• 5 banded travertine objects

• 7 silver cowrie shells

• 14 silver mounted shell pendants

• 10 silver and hardstone jewellery elements

• A unique silver bee Placing

Egypt’s heritage under the hammer is nothing new, recently Northampton Council faced widespread critism for auctioning the statue of Sekhemka for nearly £16m in order to raise funds for proposed extensions to the town’s museum. This led to Northampton Museum losing its Art Council accreditation.

The St Louise Society Inc, founded in 1906 is part of the American Institute of Archaeology and members have received the “Gold Medal” for their distinguished archaeological achievement by the Archaeological Institute of America.

Whilst it may seem surprising to see an archaeology group openly engaged in the sale of such important antiquities, it doesn’t breach the AIA charter for which they hold membership, nor break any laws.

AIA charter states “Refuse to participate in the trade in undocumented antiquities and refrain from activities that enhance the commercial value of such objects.

Undocumented antiquities are those which are not documented as belonging to a public or private collection before December 30, 1970, when the AIA Council endorsed the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Property, or which have not been excavated and exported from the country of origin in accordance with the laws of that country”

Jasmine Day, an Egyptologist & Cultural Anthropologist who first brought the auction to HeritageDaily’s attention stated: “The sale of Egyptian antiquities by organisations or institutions is a poor way to raise funds because it gives an impression that these items, however valuable at auction, are superfluous, unworthy of the institutions selling them – when in fact they are often pieces that many museums with smaller collections would like to have. Those museums are in no position to buy them, so they disappear into the private art market. The disrespect shown by some organisations to those who generously donated or diligently excavated the objects they would now sell is reprehensible.”

HeritageDaily informed the AIA, who have since released the following statement:

“The AIA has learned with the deepest concern that the AIA St. Louis Society proposes to auction certain antiquities in its possession.

The St. Louis Society has a long history within the AIA, but, at the same time, is a registered non-profit independent of the national AIA.

The national office of the AIA was not consulted prior to this decision and only became aware of the pending auction when an AIA member reported that the antiquities were being offered on an auction house website.

We are urgently investigating this matter and are working to find a solution that conforms to our firmly expressed ethical position concerning the curation of ancient artifacts for the public good.” – Read more 

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VIDEO: Amy Winehouse statue unveiled

BBC test - Sun, 2014-09-14 14:21
A statue of the singer Amy Winehouse, who died in 2011, has been unveiled in Camden, north London, on what would have been her 31st birthday.
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VIDEO: UK charity provides Ebola aid

BBC test - Sun, 2014-09-14 09:54
The number of new Ebola cases in West Africa is growing faster than authorities can cope with, according to the World Health Organisation, and a UK charity is supplying food and medical aid.
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VIDEO: Fire-hit university lab to be rebuilt

BBC test - Sat, 2014-09-13 19:19
A multi-million pound university building that was "completely destroyed" in a major fire will be rebuilt, officials have said.
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Possible Pre-Clovis artefacts found in Kansas

Stonepages - Sat, 2014-09-13 12:35
The Central great Plains is a semi-arid Eco region of North America, covering large parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. A team from the University of Kansas, lead by...
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Modern Man is not responsible for decline of Neanderthals

Stonepages - Sat, 2014-09-13 12:34
The story of the inter-action and inter-breeding of Modern Man with Neanderthals is an ever changing one. As analytical techniques become more sophisticated and accurate then the picture becomes clearer....
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VIDEO: Litter pickers join global clean-up day

BBC test - Sat, 2014-09-13 10:37
Thousands of people, in more than 100 countries, are spending a day helping to clear up their communities.
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VIDEO: Death toll rises in dogs' home blaze

BBC test - Sat, 2014-09-13 08:41
A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a fire at one of Britain's biggest dogs' homes killed more than 60 animals.
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VIDEO: Fire at Nottingham University campus

BBC test - Sat, 2014-09-13 06:35
After a major fire broke out in one of the buildings of the University of Nottingham, video shows the extent of the blaze.
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VIDEO: British army honours Sikh WW1 role

BBC test - Sat, 2014-09-13 03:18
The British army honours the contribution made by Sikh soldiers during World War One with a re-enactment by 36 Sikh volunteers.
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VIDEO: Whipping up support in Scotland

BBC test - Fri, 2014-09-12 23:02
It has been another day of intense campaigning in Scotland, ahead of next Thursday's referendum on independence.
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VIDEO: Jail terms for £55m drugs gang

BBC test - Fri, 2014-09-12 20:39
A gang which attempted to flood the North East with drugs has been jailed.
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VIDEO: Clegg backs English devolution

BBC test - Fri, 2014-09-12 18:49
Nick Clegg has called for more power to be given to the English regions so they can "stand on their own feet".
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