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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.

Stuffed Dormice...Not Just for Breakfast Anymore

Excavations near Whitehall Villa in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire, have revealed Roman culinary secrets, including stuffed dormice.

Re-enactors Stage Siege of Orleans in the Ukraine

Hundreds of history buffs recreate a battle from the Hundred Years War over a weekend in the Ukraine.

National Gallery Wins Grant to Help Keep "Madonna of the Pinks" in the UK

The Heritage Lottery Fund will award

Medieval Treasures Added to UN's Heritage Sites

Of the 24 new sites added to UNESCO's list of heritage sites, several date to medieval times.

High-Tech Imaging Could Reveal Lost Texts

An Allied bombing in 1944 destroyed a collection of around 2,000 medieval books and parchments, some dating back to the 12th century. Multispectral imaging may reveal text on some of the badly burned manuscripts, many of which were unpublished.

Reconstructed Ringlemere Cup to be Displayed at British Museum

A bronze cup, dating from the time of the construction of Stonehenge, has been acquired by the British Museum and will soon be on display.

Italian Scholar Claims Excalibur for Italy

Mario Moiraghi, an Italian scholar, now claims that the legend of Arthur's sword Excalibur originated in Italy rather than Celtic Britain.

Robin Hood a Fake?

Professor Stephen Knight, a British academic, believes that Robin Hood never existed.

Vatican Unveils Virtual Tour

Tour the Sistine Chapel on the Vatican's new website.

Laser Technology May Shed Light on Museum Exhibits

A laser technique used in medicine and aircraft design may help reconstruct ancient artifacts.

Toilet Exhibit Eliminates Speculation About Medieval Sanitation

A Paris exhibit of medieval toilets and sanitation proves that people of the Middle Ages were more advanced than once thought.

Archaeologists Repair Viking "Faeces Fossil"

To continue our ongoing discussion of medieval sanitation practices, consider this article from BBC News about the restoration of a 1200-year-old fossilized human faeces, quite possibly the most popular exhibit at the Archaeological Resource Centre in York, England.

Mead May be Key to a Healthy Sex Life

Researchers at the Royal Chemistry Society are studying the effects of mead on virility and fertility and are seeking volunteers for their research.

Laser Analysis May Revise Date of Lindisfarne Gospels

A non-destrustive laser has been used to date the pigments of the Lindisfarne Gospels, helping researchers to move the date back to 720 CE.

Excavations of Site of "Boxgrove Man" to Continue

"Boxgrove Man," a forerunner of Neanderthal and the oldest hominid found in Britain, will receive further study, according to British archaeologists.

British Education Secretary Criticizes Universities as "Medieval Concept"

"The medieval concept of a community of scholars seeking truth is not in itself a justification for the state to put money into that. We might do it at say a level of a hundredth of what we do now" says Education Secretary, Charles Clarke.

Lindisfarne Gospels to Return to the Holy Island

After 1300 years, the Lindisfarne Gospels will return to the Holy Island.

Channel 4's "Eye Stunt" Offends Oxfordshire Residents

A 300-ft-wide eye logo advertising Channel 4's "Big Brother" program has been painted next to the famous Uffington Chalk Horse, enraging local residents.

Devon Farmer Builds Bronze Age Burial Chamber

Gavin Dollard, a resident of Ivybridge in Devon, England, is building his own "cromlech," or Bronze Age burial chamber.

Lost Castle Buildings Discovered by Freelance Archaeologist

A survey of the grounds of Glyndwr Castle in Wales may reveal lost buildings named in the writings of court poet Iolo Goch.

Tomb of Gilgamesh Found in Iraq?

A German archaeological expedition believes it has found the tomb of King Gilgamesh, the subject of humanity's oldest book.

13th Century Love Token Discovered by Retired Secretary

A 13th century gold brooch was discovered recently by Adina Parnell, a retired school secretary in Devon, England.

Newcastle Tube Riders Given Latin Lessons

Metro station signs in Newcastle, England are being translated into Latin in a bid to boost tourism.

Saxon Settlement Found Under Chocolate Factory

A medieval best buckle, discovered when workers tore down an old Nestle factory in Norwich, England, has led scientists to unearth the remains of a Saxon settlement.

Medieval Welsh Ship May Have Made Trans-Atlantic Crossing

A 15th century ship discovered in South Wales in June, 2002, may have crossed the Atlantic.

Human Remains Found at Medieval Ship Site

Archaeologists excavating a 15th century ship in Newport, Wales have unearthed human remains.