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More than Ones and Zeros

Monty Python's Terry Jones will host a documentary on the history of numbers. The Story of 1, which merges the comedian/writer's quirky wit with historical research, will be presented by BBC 1.

The Return of Asterix

Fans of the Asterix comic book series will be glad to know that the first book in four years will be released in October 2005. The Sky Falls On His Head is the 33rd book in the series, which features the escapades of the Gallic warrior with the yellow moustache.

Viking Estrid Not Mother but Daughter

In an article for New Scientist, researchers disclose that the female remains buried with the last Viking king were not those of his mother as previously believed, but in reality, his daughter-in-law.

17th Century Farm Offers Tips for Modern Life

A year-long project by five experts has uncovered what life was like on a Welsh farm in the year 1620. The article by Megan Lane is part of the BBC series Tales from the Green Valley.

A Breath of Fresh Welsh Air

Welsh expatriates longing for the smell of home can now buy bottled Welsh air on the internet for a mere UK£24 per bottle.

Evidence of medieval caesarian shows people valued life.

An article about the fine of a skeleton from 12th Century England showing evidence of a Caesarian section performed on a woman.

Pronunciation of names bad enough in the real world -- let alone the SCA

Dr. Mallory Wober, a linguist who studies how and why people mispronounce names, says that names like "Moog" (pronounced like "mohg") are mangled badly enough -- to say nothing of Middle English names like "AElflaed".

Medical Knowledge of Medieval Monks

Recent excavations of Soutra Hospital in Scotland show that the medieval Augustine monks had knowledge of anaesthetics and disinfectants as well as surgical instruments.

17th Century Shipwreck to be Protected

The wreck of a 17th century ship off the coast of Dorset, England, will now be protected from treasure hunters and unlicenced divers by the British government.

Roman Smelting Operation Found in Welsh Bog

Archaeologists working in Llancynfelyn, near Borth, Wales, have discovered a Roman "industrial estate" which includes a lead smelting operation.

Researchers Brave Cliffs to Find Medieval Cemetery

A group of archaeologists from Cardiff University in Wales are searching a clifftop in Pembrokeshire hoping to discover a medieval cemetery. A skeleton dating to that time was found previously in the area.

Stonehenge Tunnel Estimate Jumps to £470m

The British government has re-evaluated plans to build a traffic tunnel under Stonehenge when a new estimate of £470m was announced.

Thames Gives Up Secrets at Tower Beach

Tower Beach, the foreshore of the Tower of London, has been opened for a series of walks and talks by World Heritage experts. The series will discuss artifacts found on the shore of the River Thames.

Bulgaria Unearths Thracian Riches

Archaeologists in Bulgaria have unearthed the treasure-filled tomb of what is thought to be a Thracian king.

Stonehenge Quarry Found

University professor Tim Darvill believes he has discovered the Welsh quarry where the bluestones, which form the circle of Stonehenge, were mined.

Iron Age Farm Discovered in England

Archaeologists have discovered an Iron Age settlement on farmaland near the English city of Cheltenham.

Which Solstice for Stonehenge?

While Stonehenge is a popular attraction for those wishing to celebrate the Summer Solstice, the monument may actually have been constructed to celebrate the Winter holiday.

Date palm buds after 2,000 years

Israeli researchers say they have succeeded in growing a date palm from a 2,000-year-old seed.

Archaeologists Hope to Find Medieval Town

A team of archaeologists working on a Teesside site on Hartlepool's Headland hope to find a medieval town. Previous digs have undercovered traces of buildings dating to the Middle Ages.

13th Century Scottish Parchment Returns Home

A 13th century document discussing a land dispute in Scotland, which was taken to England by Edward I in 1296, has been returned to Scotland.

How to Manage Like Genghis Khan

If your boss says, "Pay no attention to me. I am just a peaceful pastoral nomad," then maybe you should worry! Here are five easy ways to spot if your boss is like Genghis Khan.

145,000 Books Destroyed by Arson in India

A fire, started by protestors in the Central Library of Manipur, India, has destroyed nearly 145,000 volumes, including some of the district's most ancient texts.

Dark Age Metalworks Discovered in Pembrokeshire

Natural gas workers at a site in Milford Haven were surprised to unearth what may well be a metalworks plant dating to the 9th century.

Norman Horse Bit Excites Researchers

The study and replication of a Norman curb bit was the subject of a recent program from Britain's Time Team archaeologists.

Welsh Tsunami, 1607

A new theory speculates that a flood, which killed 2,000 people in southern Wales in 1607, may have been a tsunami.

Muslim Charity Claims Ownership of Taj Mahal

The Sunni Waqf Board, a Muslim charitable organization that oversees Muslim graveyards, has laid claim to India's Taj Mahal.

Viking Telescope

Research on lenses discovered at a Viking archaeological dig on the island of Gotland provides evidence that the Norse may have had sophisticated navigational instruments as early as the 11th century.

Archeologists Find Base for Norwich Market Cross

A 15th century cross that once graced the market square in medieval Norwich, England was torn down in 1732 and sold for UK£125. Now archaeologists have uncovered the cross' foundations.

Does Ides of March worry modern Julius Caesar? Not really, he says.

A modern-day man from western Germany, whose legal name is Cajus Julius Caesar, says people want to know what kind of precautions he takes on the "Ides of March".

West Sussex Castle to Display Medieval Documents

A permanent display of documents dating to the Middle Ages is being hosted by England's Arundel Castle.