This week more than 80 soldiers who perished during the Great War will finally be laid to rest with full military honours close to where they fell on the Western Front. These burials, including those of 13 British soldiers who were killed more than a century ago, are the result of one of the most extraordinary archaeological discoveries of modern times. It is a project that has yielded what the lead archaeologist on the dig describes as 'the First World War's Pompeii': an unprecedented snapshot of life on the front line from 1914 to 1918. In fact, this rich historical find would have been lost for ever were it not for the determination of a passionate young Belgian archaeologist and his supporters, who organised a unique crowdfunding project to raise the money needed to carry out the dig on a site in Belgium little bigger than two football pitches. Lord Ashcroft examines artefacts recovered from the Dig Hill 80 site in Belgium. The historical find is an unprecedented snapshot of life … [Read more...] about The Pompeii of the First World War: Remains of 110 soldiers are found in a Belgian field surrounded by revolvers, HP sauce bottles and even a harmonica
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The last of the woolly mammoths appear to have lived on an island in the Arctic and survived for 7,000 years longer than those on the mainland. Researchers suggested the prehistoric beasts were separated as the land masses moved around, and extinction moved more slowly on the island. They lived on Wrangel Island, which is to the north of where Russia and Alaska come close to meeting. Groups of the mammals on the continent contain evidence of DNA mutations as they approached extinction, but these are less apparent in the Wrangel Island fossils. Scientists have found they were wiped out suddenly about 4,000 years ago, likely by a combination of humans arriving, extremely cold weather, and deteriorating drinking water quality. An illustration of a family of Woolly Mammoths grazing on what is left of the grasses as winter approaches in this ice age scene (stock image) RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Radical sail-powered £90m super yacht that would tour... Huge … [Read more...] about Woolly mammoths survived on remote Arctic island for 7,000 YEARS longer than their continental cousins – before ‘humans arrived and wiped them out’
Three skeletons believed to date back to the time of the Romans have been uncovered by workmen who were at a metro station in central Rome, Italy. The first remains found — that of a largely intact male — has been dubbed the 'Pyramid Mummy' by local media and was unearthed on September 20, 2019. Two further skeletons — that of a mother and child — were found in the area on September 30, 2019. Scroll down for video Three skeletons believed to date back to the time of the Romans have been uncovered by workmen who were at a metro station in central Rome, Italy The first remains found — that of a largely intact male — has been dubbed the 'Pyramid Mummy' by local media and was unearthed on September 20, 2019 Workmen were excavating outside the Piramide metro station on Rome's Line B when they came across the ancient remains on September 20, 2019, local media reported. The human skeleton — which locals have dubbed the 'Pyramid Mummy', after the … [Read more...] about Three Roman skeletons are found under metro station in Rome thousands of years after they were buried in ancient cemetery
1 Grassington, Yorkshire dales Length: 11 miles½ hoursmap/OS Explorer OL2) Anyone who grows up in or around the Yorkshire dales ends up carrying it with them. There’s something about the crumpled-duvet landscapes of emerald field and heathery fell, about encountering its sudden, Shire-like valleys threaded with muscular peat rivers, about stumbling across a ruined abbey at dusk or drinking well-earned beers by pub fires that forever sticks in the head and the heart. One of the national park’s greatest pubs has to be the Craven Arms at Appletreewick (mains from £8.95). Tucked into the fell above the river Wharfe, and the halfway point of a wonderful 11-mile circular walk from Grassington, it could go toe to toe with anywhere for the title of “perfect country pub”. Its standout feature is the “cruck barn” at the back, built by the owner using traditional materials and the first in the dale for 400 years. Reaching the Craven Arms from the … [Read more...] about 20 great pub walks, chosen by nature writers
Business By Lucy Hooker Business reporter, BBC News 18 July 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48657582 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsClimate change Flying off somewhere nice this summer? Now feeling guilty? … [Read more...] about Should I offset my summer holiday flights?