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Mesolithic pendant found in Britain

An 11,000-year-old pendant has been found at an Early Mesolithic site in North Yorkshire. The artwork on the tiny fragile pendant, uncovered by a research team from the Universities of York, Manchester and Chester, is the earliest known Mesolithic art in Britain. Crafted from a single piece of shale, the subtriangular

Townfolk lived longer in Romain Britain

An analysis of more than 300 remains from Roman Britain suggests that those who lived in towns lived longer than those who did not. "The assumption is always that if you're living in the countryside it's healthier," says Rebecca Redfern of the Museum of London, who headed the investigation. "But we

Britain’s oldest cremated remains

Cremated bone dating back to the Mesolithic period has been found in southeastern England, making it the oldest cremation in Britain. Burnt material, including 118g of cremated bone, was placed into a pit with a diameter of about a metre, and then backfilled with soil. Three radiocarbon dates, two from bone

Roman gums were healthier than ours

A team of archaeologists have determined that people living in Romain Britain had healthier gums than their modern-day descendants. A team at King's College London and the Natural History Museum found only 5% of adults had gum disease in the Roman, and certainly pre-toothbrush, era. Modern day smoking and type 2 diabetes

Mesolithic settlement found alongside Britain’s A1

A newly discovered Mesolithic settlement has revealed that Britain's longest road, the A1, may actually have been used for 10,000 years. Items discovered at the settlement include flint tools that date back to between 6000 and 8000 BC. Archaeologist Steve Sherlock said: “This was a place that people knew of – a

Northern Britain’s oldest remains

A 10,000-year-old fragment of a human leg bone found in Cumbria are Northern Britain's oldest remains yet found. Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Nottingham analysed a leg bone found in Cumbria and found it to be more than 10,000 years old. The bone and other fragments were excavated from

Why horsemeat dropped off British menus 1,500 years ago

A report published in the Oxford Journal of Archaeology reveals how a distaste for horsemeat developed in Britain 1,500 years ago due to the spread of Christianity and the food's association with pagan practices. Dr Kristopher Poole, of Nottingham University, the author of the study, compared dated records of animal bones

Britain has invaded all but 22 countries

A new study has revealed that Britain has invaded 9 out of 10 countries during their long history. The analysis of the histories of the almost 200 countries in the world found only 22 which have never experienced an invasion by the British. Among this select group of nations are far-off destinations