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Study Contemplates Preservation of Mona Lisa

Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, is showing signs of age and may need preservation.

16th Century Map Surprisingly Modern

A 1539 map by Swedish cartographer Olaus Magnus surprises scholars with its depiction of the North Atlantic Ocean.

DNA Shows Scots and English Only Distantly Related

A new DNA study shows that genetic differences between Scots and the English may be greater than expected.

Shroud of Turin Doppelganger

A second ghostly image of a face has been discovered on the back of the famous Shroud of Turin

Life Lousy for the Roman Soldier

A new exhibit of items excavated outside Carlisle Castle near Hadrian's Wall demonstrates that Roman soldiers fought a different kind of foe - lice.

Heritage Lottery Used to Help Restore Irish Castle

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Pond Construction Unearths Roman Treasure

A man digging a fishpond in his back garden in Thornbury, South Gloucestershire, England, was amazed to find a treasure hoard of 20,000 4th century Roman coins.

Fire Damages 12th Century Monastery

A fire at Greece's 12th century Serbian Orthodox Hilandariou Monastery destroyed parts of the monks living quarters but spared the monastery's collection of relics, manuscripts and icons.

Mummified Hand Stolen from Salisbury Pub

Visitors to the Haunch of Venison in Salisbury, England will no longer be greeted by an 18th century, mummifed hand, which was stolen recently from the pub.

Bronze Age Bangles Gift to Welsh Gods

14 pieces of gold and bronze jewelry and other artifacts dating back 3000 years were discovered recently by metal detectors in Wrexham, Wales.

"Most Faithful" Wife Still Honored After Centuries

A marble plaque bearing the inscription "Most Faithful" was found in a 3rd century Roman grave near Canterbury, England recently, speaking of a husband's gesture of eternal love.

Henry VIII and the Royal Football Shoes

Textile expert Maria Hayward has found evidence that Henry VIII's extensive wardrobe contained a pair of football shoes which cost him four shillings.

Rare Portrait of Catherine Parr Unveiled

A rare portrait of Catherine Parr by an unknown artist is now on display at Hever Castle in England.

Kings and Queens Through Time

How well do you know the reigns of the rulers of England? Explore the reigns of four different periods of British history through a game, putting contemporary portraits in the correct order.

Roman Road Unearthed in Hereford

Residents of Hereford in England had hoped for improvements to their road. Instead, an archaeological survey has found remains of a much older road - one dating back to Roman times.

2,000-Year-Old Water Main Still Working

A 100-foot stretch of pipe, which once fed the Roman fort at Vindolanda, was unearthed recently and discovered to be still working.

Virtual Reality Brings the Hagia Sofia to Life

The trend toward virtual reality exhibits will give many more people access to the museum experience according to a recent BBC article.

British House of Commons Debates Robin Hood's Birthplace

MPs in the House of Commons are arguing over the birthplace of Robin Hood, pitting the 19 Yorkshire MPs against four from Nottinghamshire.

A Murder in Carlisle!

No, it's not an Agatha Christie mystery but a 3rd century Roman murder victim discovered buried in a well.

Archaeologists Rescue 14th Century Salt Ship

British archaeologists are preparing to rescue a ship found buried under mud in Cheshire, which had been originally used to store brine as part of a medieval saltworks.

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