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Cornell University Library: Ivory Vikings | Nancy Marie Brown

In the early 19th century, on a Hebridean beach in Scotland, the sea exposed an ancient treasure cache: 93 chessmen carved from walrus ivory and whales’ teeth between AD 1150-1200. Norse netsuke, each face individual, each full of quirks, the Lewis Chessmen are probably the most famous chess pieces in the world. Harry played Wizard’s …

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Cambridge University: Must Farm Bronze Age settlement

The exceptional site of Must Farm offers, in exquisite detail, a vivid picture of everyday life in the Bronze Age. Ten months of excavation have yielded Britain’s largest collections of Bronze Age textiles, beads and domestic artefacts. Together with timbers of several roundhouses, the finds provide a stunning snapshot of a community thriving 3,000 years …

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John Duncan: Wild Scotland

Wild Scotland is a stunning short film about the wilderness of Scotland. He describes the film below. For my second aerial film, entitled ‘Wild Scotland’, I wanted to showcase some of the wilderness this magnificent country has to offer. From the Highlands and Islands on the west coast to John O’Groats and North Berwick on …

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GreshamCollege: Royal Houses from the Saxons to the Hundred Years’ War – Simon Thurley

Early Royal residences have much to teach us about the role of British Kings. Simon Thurley reveals all the palace secrets.  

Natural History Museum London: Clues to Britain’s own ancient Atlantis

A treasure trove of animal fossils found on a Norfolk beach by an amateur fossil collector could point scientists to the oldest undersea archaeological site in the world. Museum archaeologist Simon Parfitt discusses the finds with their discoverer Neil Bowman and explains how they reveal the presence of early humans around half a million years …

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Richard Hodges: Great Riddles in Archaeology – King Arthur, Camelot, and the Quest for a Holy Grail

For centuries, the legend of King Arthur, Camelot and the quest for the Holy Grail has captivated the world. Was there really a Holy Grail, and how did it find its way to Britain and the Arthurian legend? Were Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table real historical figures? What does the archaeology of …

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