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Doom Fresco to be Viewed for First Time in 400 Years

A recently-restored, rare medieval fresco will be seen by the public for the first time in 400 years when it is put on display in Coventry, England.

King Michael Rightful Ruler of England

History News Network: Australian Michael Hastings is, in truth, King Michael I of England, the heir to the Plantagenet bloodline, and should be living in Buckingham Palace rather than Jerilderie, NSW, according to a British historian.

Exhumation of King Harold Denied

A church court has denied researchers the right to examine the remains of what might have been King Harold.

Thousand-Year-Old Church Saved

A campaign to save the 1,000-year-old St. Lawrence's Church from demolition for a new airport runaway has been successful.

"Warrior of Lattes" Discovered in Southern France

A 2500-year-old stone sculpture depicting an armored warrior has been unearthed in southern France.

Kent Couple Finds Iron Age Hoard

A hoard of coins dating from 150 BCE was discovered recently near Maidstone, England by a couple using a metal detector.

Monarchs and Leaders

Learn British history the easy way with the BBC's "Monarchs & Leaders," an interactive website that covers the country's history from "the Angevins to the Windsors."

Play the Costume Game

Have fun dressing mannequins with the BBC's "Dress the Men" and "Dress the Ladies" history game.

"Lost" Avebury Stones Discovered

An arc of megaliths that were once part of the Avebury stone circle in Wiltshire, England, have been rediscovered.

Renaissance Prayer Book Discovered at Hertfordshire School

A Renaissance prayer book, valued at

West Sussex Tomb May Contain Remains of King Harold II

Historians believe that a tomb at Holy Trinity Church in Bosham, West Sussex, may be the final resting place of King Harold II, who was killed at the Battle of Hastings.

Medieval Skeletons Discovered at Llandaff Cathedral

Recent excavations around Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales have unearthed fourteen skeletons believed to be from medieval times.

Oetzi's Finders Wait for Reward

A German couple, who discovered the now famous mummified body of Oetzi, is still waiting to collect their reward.

Roman Well Discovered in Worcester, England

Archaeologists have unearthed a fourth century Roman well in Worcester, England at a construction site for a new footpath.

New Software Allows Peek at the Past

New software being developed in Great Britain may allow researchers to see beneath floors and peek through walls in search of historical buildings.

Psychic Dates Medieval Welsh Ship

Psychic Diane Lloyd Hughes dates Newport ship at 1426.

Robin Hood's Remains Dug Up in 18th Century?

Author Richard Rutherford-Moore claims that the remains of the famous outlaw, Robin Hood, were dug up in the mid-18th century.

Flint Axes Discovered at Wiltshire Bypass Excavation

44 3,000-year-old flint axes have been discovered near Salisbury at the site of a highway bypass.

Roman Weapons Factory Discovered in Devon

A massive weapons factory dating from Roman times has been discovered near Brayford in Devon, England.

Roman "Souvenir" of Hadrian's Wall Found

A 2nd century bronze pan, elaborately decorated with Celtic-style motifs and colored enamel, and engraved with the names of four forts at the western end of Hadrian's Wall, was found in the Staffordshire moorlands.

Lost Imperial Purple Formula Rediscovered

The secret formula for creating Roman imperial purple dye has been rediscovered.

3,000-Year-Old Stone Circle Discovered on Lewis

Archaeologists believe a stone circle measuring 30m and dating from 3,000 years ago may be second in importance only to Stonehenge.

Romans May Have Worn Socks With Their Sandals

A foot from a Roman-era statue was found in London -- wearing a sock under a sandal.

Roman Vase a Renaissance Fake?

The Portland Vase, a key piece in the British Museum's collection of Roman treasures may actually be a clever Renaissance fake.

Da Vinci Painting Stolen

"The Madonna with the Yarnwinder" was stolen from Drumlanrig Castle, in southern Scotland.

Tourists Banned from China's Great Wall

Large sections of the Great Wall of China have been closed to tourists due to detereoration.

Mongolia's Cult of Ghengis Khan

Under Mongolia's former Communist rulers, the mere mention of the name of Ghengis Khan was outlawed. Now there is no escaping him.

12th Century Priory Rediscovered in Hereford, England

After 20 years of searching, archaeologists have located a 12th century monastery beneath Hereford County Hospital.

Divers Find Keel of the Mary Rose

Divers have excavated a piece of wood which they believe is the front stem of the keel of the Mary Rose.

No Loch Ness Monster, says BBC team

A team of BBC researchers, using satellite navigation technology and hundreds of sonar beams, has shown that there is no monster in Loch Ness.