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VIDEO: Reaction to Cameron's no third term vow

BBC test - Tue, 2015-03-24 16:14
Supporters of David Cameron have played down his remarks about not staying on as Prime Minister beyond another five-year term if the Conservatives win the General Election.
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VIDEO: UK inflation rate drops to zero

BBC test - Tue, 2015-03-24 15:15
For the first time in more than half a century prices have stopped rising, as Andy Verity reports.
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VIDEO: Voter apathy in marginal Watford

BBC test - Tue, 2015-03-24 15:00
In the run up to the general election, disillusioned voters have been voicing their concerns with the main political parties
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Archeologists discover Maya ‘melting pot’

Heritage Daily - Tue, 2015-03-24 13:47
Archaeologists working in Guatemala have unearthed new information about the Maya civilization’s transition from a mobile, hunter-gatherer lifestyle to a sedentary way of life.

Led by University of Arizona archaeologists Takeshi Inomata and Daniela Triadan, the team’s excavations of the ancient Maya lowlands site of Ceibal suggest that as the society transitioned from a heavy reliance on foraging to farming, mobile communities and settled groups co-existed and may have come together to collaborate on construction projects and participate in public ceremonies.

The findings, to be published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, challenge two common assumptions: that mobile and sedentary groups maintained separate communities, and that public buildings were constructed only after a society had fully put down roots.

“There has been the theory that sedentary and mobile groups co-existed in various parts of the world, but most people thought the sedentary and mobile communities were separate, even though they were in relatively close areas,” said Inomata, a UA professor of anthropology and lead author of the PNAS study. “Our study presents the first relatively concrete evidence that mobile and sedentary people came together to build a ceremonial center.”

A public plaza uncovered at Ceibal dates to about 950 B.C., with surrounding ceremonial buildings growing to monumental sizes by about 800 B.C. Yet, evidence of permanent residential dwellings in the area during that time is scarce. Most people were still living a traditional hunter-gatherer-like lifestyle, moving from place to place throughout the rainforest, as they would continue to do for five or six more centuries.

The area’s few permanent residents could not have built the plaza alone, Inomata said.

“The construction of ceremonial buildings is pretty substantial, so there had to be more people working on that construction,” he said.

Inomata and his colleagues theorize that groups with varying degrees of mobility came together to construct the buildings and to participate in public ceremonies over the next several hundred years. That process likely helped them to bond socially and eventually make the transition to a fully sedentary society.

“This tells us something about the importance of ritual and construction. People tend to think that you have a developed society and then building comes. I think in many cases it’s the other way around,” Inomata said.

“For those people living the traditional way of life, ceremony, ritual and construction became major forces for them to adapt a new way of life and build a new society. The process of gathering for ritual and gathering for construction helped bring together different people who were doing different things, and eventually that contributed to the later development of Mayan civilization.”

The transition was gradual, with the Maya making the shift to a fully sedentary agrarian society, reliant on maize, by about 400 or 300 B.C., Inomata said.

“The most fascinating finding is that different peoples with diverse ways of life co-existed in apparent harmony for generations before establishing a more uniform society,” said Melissa Burham, a study co-author and a graduate student in the UA School of Anthropology. “Discovering an ancient ‘melting pot’ is definitely the unexpected highlight of this research.”

University of Arizona

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VIDEO: James Bay on Hitchin and his hat

BBC test - Tue, 2015-03-24 12:40
Musician James Bay talks to BBC Breakfast about his new video Let It Go, Hitchin Working Men's Club, and why he loves his hat.
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AUDIO: Fallon: Falklands threat remains

BBC test - Tue, 2015-03-24 12:17
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon says the threat against the Falklands Islands by Argentina remains a very live threat.
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VIDEO: Burst hydrant creates 50ft 'jet'

BBC test - Tue, 2015-03-24 12:04
A fire hydrant showered shoppers with water when it burst, creating a 50ft "geyser" in a city centre.
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VIDEO: Fast-food-free motorway services?

BBC test - Tue, 2015-03-24 11:38
One hundred sites are being considered for fast-food-free comfort breaks at new motorway service stations.
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VIDEO: Solar 'could provide 4% of UK electricity'

BBC test - Tue, 2015-03-24 11:35
Solar power could provide up to 4% of the UK's electricity by the end of the decade, the government has said.
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Wessex at Trailwalker 2015

Wessex Archaeology - Tue, 2015-03-24 10:35

A team from Wessex Archaeology has entered the Trailwalker 2015 to raise money for Oxfam and the Gurkha Welfare Trust.   From our South Office David Norcott, Patrick Dresch, and Susan Clelland have signed up to walk 100 km of the South Downs Way in one continuous no-sleep push over 30 hours, setting off early on Saturday 25 July and not stopping until the afternoon of Sunday 26.  Sad news from our London & South East Office is that event organiser Kent Jones has suffered an injury preventing him from taking part. All is not lost though as Mark Williams has agreed to step in and Kent Jones has agreed to take on the daunting task of getting Mark into shape for the event! Please consider sponsoring us in this gruelling challenge! By following this link https://www.justgiving.com/Wessex-Archaeology  
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VIDEO: How to beat the housing crisis

BBC test - Tue, 2015-03-24 09:07
BBC's Newsbeat meets two first-time buyers who have teamed up in a bid to beat the housing crisis.
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VIDEO: NHS staff mental health absences go up

BBC test - Tue, 2015-03-24 08:51
A BBC investigation has found that the number of NHS staff taking time off for mental health issues has more than doubled in the past five years.
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VIDEO: Dr Radha's guide to a healthy diet

BBC test - Tue, 2015-03-24 07:44
Newsround's food expert Doctor Radha gives you her quick guide to keeping healthy.
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Antler waste reveals medieval Scottish industry as archaeologists publish findings decades after dig

24 Hour Museum - Tue, 2015-03-24 01:00
Publishing a post-excavation analysis of work carried out in West Lothian for the first time since the 1960s and 1970s excavations, archaeologists say the findings reflect "highly significant" sites.
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Happy birthday Grayson Perry: Five greatest hits from the people's potter

24 Hour Museum - Tue, 2015-03-24 01:00
Five memorable displays by the artist - from tapestries based on his Channel 4 series at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool to this summer's Provincial Punk exhibition, at Turner Contemporary.
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Competition: Win a copy of One Day Something Happens: Paintings of People by Jennifer Higgie

24 Hour Museum - Tue, 2015-03-24 01:00
Win a copy of Jennifer Higgie's One Day, Something Happens: Paintings of People, in which figurative paintings by Hockney, Freud, Rego and many others from the Arts Council Collection are explored in a highly personal selection.
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Competition: Win Peter Ackroyd's Tudors

24 Hour Museum - Tue, 2015-03-24 01:00
Hooked on the Tudors? We have copies of Peter Ackroyd's glorious History of England Volume II: Tudors, to give away.
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Competition: Win Spendel and de Jong's HASHTAG365

24 Hour Museum - Tue, 2015-03-24 01:00
A new black and white photo every day for a year, photographers Spendel and de Jong's photographic experiment became an internet hit - now you can win the sumptuous coffee table book from the project.
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VIDEO: Duke's birthday song at business summit

BBC test - Mon, 2015-03-23 22:24
The Duke of York surprised business leaders by singing happy birthday to his daughter Princess Eugenie at a conference.
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VIDEO: Why did PM reveal third term plans?

BBC test - Mon, 2015-03-23 21:55
Mr Cameron's decision not to stand for a third term if he is re-elected puts the Tory succession firmly on the agenda.
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