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VIDEO: Lincoln could ban 'legal highs'

BBC test - Tue, 2015-02-24 10:35
Lincoln city council will vote on Tuesday on whether to introduce a ban on using so-called "legal highs" in the city centre.
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VIDEO: Children make WW2 documentary

BBC test - Tue, 2015-02-24 10:12
Schoolchildren across the UK are getting an opportunity to make their own documentary films about World War Two to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day.
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VIDEO: Finger on the pulse of bionic research

BBC test - Tue, 2015-02-24 07:11
Scientists at the University of Newcastle are using microchips as fine as human hair to produce a prosthetic hand.
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VIDEO: Is fashion feminist?

BBC test - Tue, 2015-02-24 05:53
A fashion academic explores the exploitation and celebration of women by the fashion industry.
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Visit the new Museums at Night website

24 Hour Museum - Tue, 2015-02-24 00:00
The new Museums at Night website is now live.
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British archaeologists in bid to protect precious sites threatened by conflict in Middle East and Africa

24 Hour Museum - Tue, 2015-02-24 00:00
Experts in Oxford and Leicester are about to launch a project which will use satellite imagery and Google Earth photos to create an open-access database of at-risk archaeological sites in the Middle East.
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VIDEO: The biggest wedding party ever?

BBC test - Mon, 2015-02-23 23:48
Getting married is a day never to be forgotten but for one couple from Leeds their day was memorable for a number of reasons.
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VIDEO: Church 'embarrassed over low wages'

BBC test - Mon, 2015-02-23 23:25
The Archbishop of Canterbury has said it is embarrassing that some churches are not paying staff the living wage, while calling on others to do so.
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VIDEO: Hundreds at truck crash girl funeral

BBC test - Mon, 2015-02-23 21:54
Hundreds of people have attended the funeral at Bath Abbey of four-year-old Mitzi Steady who was killed in a tipper truck crash.
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VIDEO: MPs deny 'cash for access' claims

BBC test - Mon, 2015-02-23 19:59
MPs Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw are secretly filmed apparently offering their services to a private company for thousands of pounds.
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VIDEO: Cruelty case 'worst in 15 years'

BBC test - Mon, 2015-02-23 18:45
An enforcement officer with the Department of Agriculture says an an animal cruelty case discovered in County Down was "the worst they have ever had to deal with"
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VIDEO: Rare Scottish terriers celebrated

BBC test - Mon, 2015-02-23 17:23
Dandie Dinmont, one of the world's rarest breeds of dogs, is being celebrated in the Borders.
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Hadrian’s Wall Monuments – 3D Scan No.4

Wessex Archaeology - Mon, 2015-02-23 16:15
Happy Terminalia!Today’s blog on the 3D scans of Roman monuments associated with Hadrian’s Wall, products of our recent collaboration with University of Newcastle as part the NU Digital Heritage project (http://www.nu-digitalheritage.com). One of the planned uses of these digital models will be for use as a teaching resource for initiatives such as their free online Massive Online Open Course Hadrian’s Wall: Life on the Roman Frontier. Follow the links to see part one, part two and part three of our blog series.  Today’s blog is a little bit early as we wanted to put something out on Terminalia, which was celebrated by the Ancient Romans on the 23rd of February in honour of the god Terminus. Terminus was the god of boundaries and Hadrian’s Wall is certainly one of the most significant boundaries in the whole of the Roman Empire! Terminus’ statue was merely a stone or post stuck in the ground to distinguish between properties. To celebrate Terminali the two owners of adjacent properties would crown the ‘statue’ with garlands and raise an altar, on which they offered up some corn, honeycombs, and wine, and sacrificed a lamb or a sucking pig.   This week’s monument was discovered in 1887 within the ruins of a Roman temple outside the south-east angle of Condercum (Benwell Fort) the third fort along Hadrian’s Wall, three kilometres to the west of the Newcastle. Although it is dedicated to Antenociticus, a local Celtic god rather than Terminus, it is a sacrificial altar and its inscription reads ‘To the god Antenociticus and to the Deities of the Emperors Aelius Vibius, centurion of the Twentieth Legion Valeria Victrix, willingly and deservedly fulfilled his vow’. The ‘Victorious Valerian Twentieth Legion’ was probably founded shortly after 31 BC participated in the invasion of Britannia in 43 AD. It remained active in the province until at least the beginning of the 4th century. The altar is highly decorated in the classical style, with roundels on each side of the capital and bolsters modelled to imitate bundles of incense secured by buckled straps. The style of the focus implies that it was designed with the purpose to hold offerings in mind. The moulding to the top of the altar is decorated with carvings of stylised plants, whilst the shaft itself is carved with a depiction a beribboned garland and a sacrificial knife on the left side and a similar garland with a jug on the right. A depiction of a large wreath decorates the back panel. This image is a good demonstration of how modern 3D scanning techniques can be used to produce orthographic images very similar to drawing by hand. For more information see:The inscription on the Roman Inscriptions of Britain website  Antenociticus  Legio XX Valeria Victrix   Concordum (Benwell Fort)  By John McCarthy - Project Manager  
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Soup News: February 2015

Heritage Daily - Mon, 2015-02-23 16:11

Welcome to Soup News. Once a month we bring you a selection of news stories with comment and discussion from the folks at Archaeosoup Towers along with links to a selection of news from the rest of the month.

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Inspirational Archaeology

Wessex Archaeology - Mon, 2015-02-23 15:56
Archaeology can inspire people in all sorts of different ways. Here at Wessex Archaeology, we love to hear from people who have been inspired by the discoveries we have made and the knowledge we have shared.  Miriam's quilt depicting 'the boy with the amber necklace'For example, we were recently contacted by an American artist, Miriam Byroade, who had been inspired by the burial of a Bronze Age teenager, believed to be male and known as ‘the boy with the amber necklace’. The skeleton was found during excavations at, Amesbury Down and was of particular interest due to the associated amber beads and the isotopic analysis results. Atthe time the original isotope work was done, the results hinted that he may have come from a warmer climate such as the Mediterranean,although new work suggests that he may equally have grown up in Southern England. The mystery of this story caught Miriam’s imagination and she was inspired to create a quilt depicting the boy and his amber necklace. She said: I'm fascinated by archaeology and often find pictures of archaeological digs so inspiring for work. The Boy with the Amber Necklace is such a great story, so I made a quilt based on him – he is on the front and his beads are on the back. I wanted to thank Wessex Archaeology for their work and for sharing it online for the whole world! Close up detail of the amber beadsView more of Miriam’s creations on her Tumblr pageBy Laura Joyner – Community & Education Officer 
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VIDEO: The dangers of tanning addiction

BBC test - Mon, 2015-02-23 14:11
BBC Inside Out meets two tanning addicts.
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VIDEO: Archbishop 'embarrassed' by unequal pay

BBC test - Mon, 2015-02-23 11:28
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says he is "embarrassed" by the news that the Church of England pays some of its staff below the living wage.
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VIDEO: Mental health deaths 'avoidable'

BBC test - Mon, 2015-02-23 11:06
Inquiry finds that the deaths of hundreds of people with mental health conditions who were detained in police cells and psychiatric wards could have been avoided.
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VIDEO: Barry George: 'A mockery of justice'

BBC test - Mon, 2015-02-23 10:30
Barry George, the man wrongfully convicted of the murder of Jill Dando, has told the BBC that a decision not to award him compensation is "a mockery of justice".
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VIDEO: Cumberbatch: 'No losers' at Oscars

BBC test - Mon, 2015-02-23 08:31
Benedict Cumberbatch says that the Oscars are "fantastic" despite missing out on the best actor trophy.
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