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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.

Digital Records May Start to 'Obscure the Past'

Historical records may be lost if put in a digital format, because of the rapid advancement in computer technology.

Bronze Age Treasure Discovered in Wales

Two young men with metal detectors have discovered a Bronze Age treasure dating back 3,000 years near Rossett, in Wrexham, Wales.

1200-Year-Old Canoe Found in England

A 16-foot-long dugout canoe was discovered by a fisherman in Dunwich, England, is being studied and preserved by scientists.

Catapult Stunt Kills Student

A student died Sunday in Bristol, England after being being flung 100 feet from a catapult.

Black Book of Carmarthen Online

The 13th century Black Book of Carmarthen, containing some of the earliest literature of Wales, will soon be available online.

Local Council Finds Roman Wall in Family's Backyard

A Saxon burial urn and a Roman wall have been found in a Buckinghamshire garden.

Metal Detector Finds Hidden Treasure

An amateur archaeologist with a metal detector has discovered hidden treasure outside London.