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In Pictures: The Edinburgh dig which led to "incredibly exciting" medieval reconstructions

24 Hour Museum - Mon, 2014-07-28 00:00
Hundreds of medieval bodies, found five years ago during works to create new tramways in Edinburgh, have informed facial reconstructions revealing much about their lives.
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VIDEO: 'Roar' as Didcot towers demolished

BBC test - Sun, 2014-07-27 13:38
Three disused cooling towers at Didcot A Power Station have been demolished using more than 180kg of explosives.
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VIDEO: DPP on helping witnesses give evidence

BBC test - Sun, 2014-07-27 11:37
The new Director of Public Prosecutions on helping witnesses give evidence in court without the need for new laws.
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VIDEO: Rally in London for Gaza Palestinians

BBC test - Sat, 2014-07-26 16:24
A rally is being held in central London to protest about Israel's offensive in Gaza - one protester told the BBC it would boost the morale of Palestinians.
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VIDEO: Athletes' 10-day journey to Games

BBC test - Sat, 2014-07-26 08:43
The team of athletes from the remote Atlantic island of St Helena had an epic 10-day journey to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
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VIDEO: CBeebies goes classical at Proms

BBC test - Sat, 2014-07-26 08:34
The BBC Philharmonic is staging the first ever Cbeebies event at the Proms.
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VIDEO: Malevich's revolutionary art in London

BBC test - Fri, 2014-07-25 22:01
A new exhibition exploring the revolutionary work of Russian artist Kazimir Malevich on display at London’s Tate Modern.
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VIDEO: Mother admits to killing her son

BBC test - Fri, 2014-07-25 19:08
The mother of Mikaeel Kular admits killing her son and then starting a search after claiming he had gone missing.
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Ancient Scottish rock carving may be uncovered again

Stonepages - Fri, 2014-07-25 19:02
A precious rock carving that was found and then deliberately lost again, may be about to make a re-appearance in Central Scotland. The rock carving, known locally as the Cochno...
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VIDEO: NHS to offer one-shot cancer therapy

BBC test - Fri, 2014-07-25 18:47
A pioneering breast cancer treatment that replaces weeks of radiotherapy with a single, targeted shot is set to be offered on the NHS.
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VIDEO: Cancer patient robbed of jewellery

BBC test - Fri, 2014-07-25 17:15
A 71-year-old cancer patient from Leicester has jewellery worth about £50,000 stolen from her home.
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VIDEO: Tony Blackburn: 50 years on air

BBC test - Fri, 2014-07-25 15:53
The BBC's Wendy Hurrell takes a look back at Tony Blackburn's 50 year broadcasting career.
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VIDEO: Putting a new spin on bowls, aged six

BBC test - Fri, 2014-07-25 13:07
Think of lawn bowls, and you will probably imagine elderly men and women in white, competing in sombre silence.
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A Fitting End

Wessex Archaeology - Fri, 2014-07-25 11:58

Last Saturday’s community open day at Barrow Clump really ended the three-year Operation Nightingale project in style! It provided the last opportunity for local people to visit this exciting archaeological dig, before the project finally comes to a close this week. In spite of the appalling weather forecast, we had only a few drops of rain and over 230 people visited the site.  Volunteers and service personnel from Operation Nightingale guided visitors around the site to view this year’s findings. Highlights included the burial of an Anglo-Saxon warrior complete with shield boss and spearhead, and another unusual crouched burial, also Anglo-Saxon. Several of the artefacts from the site were on display in the finds tent, including a pair of beautiful Anglo-Saxon saucer brooches, a much older Roman-style brooch and a modern Parachute Regiment badge.  Visitors were also treated to a range of interesting displays and demonstrations. Phil Harding spent the day knapping flint tools and teaching people how to identify worked flint, while Jackie McKinley, Wessex Archaeology’s senior osteoarchaeologist, bravely excavated one of the Bronze Age cremation urns in front of a fascinated audience. A range of Anglo-Saxon replica weaponry, jewellery and domestic materials were displayed by Wiltshire Museum, Wessex Wildcraft and Weorod, and these really brought the site to life for visitors and staff alike, with the fantastic ‘Burial Rites’ and ‘Dressing the Warrior’ demonstrations placing the site in its context.  Young people were invited to create their own Bronze Age pots, excavate mini sandpit digs, design Saxon shields and make Anglo-Saxon brooches to take home. A special heritage trail was also designed for participants in the Children’s University scheme, which proved a big hit.  The day was made possible by our wonderful volunteer team, who worked behind the scenes all day to ensure that the event ran smoothly. We would like to say a huge thank you to all of the volunteers and exhibitors who took part, and to Wiltshire Council for generously contributing funding. Written by Laura Joyner
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VIDEO: Gillan denies Star Wars wig claims

BBC test - Fri, 2014-07-25 11:02
Former Doctor Who star Karen Gillan has denied rumours that her hair was donated to the new Star Wars film.
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Earlier Stone Age artefacts found in Northern Cape of South Africa

Heritage Daily - Fri, 2014-07-25 10:43
Excavations at an archaeological site at Kathu in the Northern Cape province of South America have provided tens of thousands of Earlier Stone Age artefacts, including items such as hand axes. These artefacts were unearthed by archaeologists from the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa and the University of Toronto, in collaboration with the McGregor Museum in Kimberley, South Africa.

The archaeologists’ research on the Kathu Townlands site, one of the richest early prehistoric archaeological sites in South America, was published in the journal PLOS ONE on 24th July 2014. It has been estimated that the site is between 700,000 and one million years old.

Hand axes collection: University of Toronto

Steven James Walker from the Department of Archaeology at UCT, lead author of the journal paper, says: “The site is amazing and it is threatened. We’ve been working well with developers as well as the South African Heritage Resources Agency to preserve it, but the town of Kathu is rapidly expanding around the site. It might get cut off on all sides by development and this would be regrettable.”

Today, Kathu functions as a major mining centre. Walker says that archaeologists are presented with the unique challenge, finding strategies to work cooperatively with developers, because the extensive prehistoric site is located in the middle of a zone of intensive development.

The Kathu Townlands site is one component of a collection of prehistoric sites known as the Kathu Complex. Other sites in the complex include Kathu Plan 1, which has produced fossils of animals such as elephants and hippos, as well as the earliest known evidence of tools used as spears from a level dated half a million years ago.

Michael Chazan, Director of the Archaeology Centre at the University of Toronto, emphasizes the challenges laid out to scientists posed by the density of the traces of early human activity in this area.

“We need to imagine a landscape around Kathu that supported large populations of human ancestors, as well as large animals like hippos. All indications suggest that Kathu was much wetter, maybe more like the Okavango than the Kalahari. There is no question that the Kathu Complex presents unique opportunities to investigate the evolution of human ancestors in Southern Africa.”

 

Contributing Source: University of Toronto

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VIDEO: 'Flying' car destroys upstairs wall

BBC test - Fri, 2014-07-25 10:15
A car has smashed into the first floor of a house in Lincolnshire, after careering off the road.
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VIDEO: Black Cultural Archives 'magnificent'

BBC test - Fri, 2014-07-25 10:09
The Black Cultural Archives has opened its new permanent home in the heart of Brixton after a £7m redevelopment.
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VIDEO: Secrets of royal childhoods revealed

BBC test - Fri, 2014-07-25 08:21
A new exhibition at Buckingham Palace is revealing what is is like to grow up in the Royal Family.
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VIDEO: Yoga all at sea

BBC test - Fri, 2014-07-25 00:20
SUP yoga, or stand up paddleboard yoga, involves most of the moves of normal yoga, but is done on a paddleboard in the water.
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