Society & Culture
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( Heritage-Key.com ) Heritage Key catches up with Bettany Hughes in a London studio as she works on a new documentary about the Aryan civilisation. Talking about some of the exciting excavations taking place out in Siberia, on the Kazakhstan and Russian border, she explains the predicament of heads of states who visit the dig sites, trying to work out whether they want to be associated with the artefacts bearing swastika imagery being uncovered there. Bettany also talks about her recent BBC Radio 4 program on the Greek poet Sappho, and how she articulated the subject of love, and how her poetry speaks to her. She also discusses the significance of Socrates in history, the subject of a book which she has just completed.
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(Heritage-Key.com ) Mary-Ann Craig talks to Jon about the history behind the Solstice at Stonehenge and other sites, including Newgrange in Ireland, Maeshowe in Orkney and Irthlingborough in Northamptonshire. She discusses the finds from excavations at Irthlingborough, including a lattice of cattle bones which had formed a lacework around the mound, and also goes into detail about the life of the legendary Amesbury Archer - who he was, the stature he held and why he wasn't the all action hero he was made out to be.
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From Druids to Morris dancers to a huge model called "The Ancestor", this year's Summer Solstice festival at Stonehenge attracted over 20,000 people to witness the sun rise on the longest day of the year. A time when Pagans celebrate the strength of the sun and the divine powers that they believe Stonehenge to harbour, this year Jon and Ann went down to the Salisbury Plain to see just what all the fuss is about.
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(Heritage-Key.com ) Scientists announced that bones excavated in Magdeburg Cathedral in 2008 are those of Saxon Queen Eadgyth ('Edith of England') who died in AD 946. Crucial scientific evidence came from teeth preserved in the upper jaw. The bones are the oldest surviving remains of an English royal burial. The original excavations were carried out by a joint team of the State Office for Heritage Management and Archaeology Saxony-Anhalt, and Martin-Luther-Universit
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(Heritage-Key.com) Heritage Key Virtual is a free virtual experience where you can rediscover the Tomb of King Tutankhamun, explore the different ages of Stonehenge and get up close and person with the Terracotta Warriors!
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( Heritage-Key.com ) The Ancient World in London series reaches the end of its three month run, and Sean and Sam take a look back at the past three months as the three adventurers have criss-crossed across London and further afar to find out how our ancient past has impacted the British capitol. Looking back at some of the highlights of the series, including Natalie's trip to the Roman baths of Bath, Nicole's adventures at the Hadrian Wall Illuminations and the Spring Equinox at Stonehenge, and Jamie's voyage along the River Thames!
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(Heritage-Key.com) Dr Jasmine Day takes adventurer Nicole Favish across London to see the Egyptian influence on England's capital city. London is wrapped in thousands of layers of history, with each battle and war leaving its mark on the city. With such prominent buildings taking influence from the ancient age such as the MI6 Building (based on the Great Ziggurat of Ur) and St George Church (resembling the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus). Dr Day and Nicole first visit Embankment, examining the scaffold-covered Cleopatra's Needle, a gift to Britain from the Egyptian government. Originally built in the reign of Tuthmosis III, the artefact has no relation to Cleopatra other than it being the name of the boat it came on, once the British government raised the fund to bring it to her shores. Also looking at the Egyptian influence on London's premiere department store, Harrods, who's Egyptian owner has reworked the basement and first floor with replicas from the ancient era! The pair then head to the Kilmorey Mausoleum, which is built in an Egyptian style during the Victorian age. They then head to the Black Cat factory in Camden, which was home to the Carrera Cigarette factory. On opening of the building, the ground in front was covered in sand as the cast from Egyptian opera Aida paraded across the front of it!
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(Heritage-Key.com) The discovery of the Tomb of King Tutankhamun was a defining moment in archaeology and Egyptology, bringing to the world's attention one of the most important and amazing discoveries in history as Howard Carter excavated KV62. Although none of the treasures made it back to London, Carter was buried in Putney Vale cemetery. Christopher Naunton of the Egyptian Exploration Society explains the significance of discoveries by great explorers such as Flinders Petrie and Giovanni Belzoni, who's discoveries in Egypt advanced the field of archaeology before Carter's amazing discovery in 1922. You can read more about the video in Sean's blogpost, or view the Ancient World in London series on our video page, starting with Episode One: The London Stone.
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(Heritage-Key.com) A recent lecture given by astronomer Paul Murdin, author of "Secrets of the Universe: How we Discovered the Cosmos" offered a fascinating insight into how ancient people in Britain studied the stars, Sun and Moon to understand what it was they saw in the night sky. The Ishango Bone is an artefact with carved markings which are thought to indicate the different phases of the moon, and the Antikythera Mechanism is considered the world's first analog computer which calculated astronomical positions. Simon Banton explains how Stonehenge relates to lunar alignments, and that despite being 5,000 years old, the ancient monument still works as he found when he watched a moon rise over the megaliths.
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(Heritage-Key.com)Jamie Hobbis takes a trip through the Thames Estuary and sees the various defences in London's history. Leaving from Whitstable and going to see the Redsand Towers, which were used as aerial attack posts during World War Two and would later be used as a base for pirate radio stations. Jamie's boat trip then takes him through London's defence against Mother Nature - the Thames Barrier which is there to prevent flooding. Finally, he goes to see the White Tower of the Tower of London, and learn how its structural dominance over the city set out its power.
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( Heritage-Key.com ) Nicole Favish heads to Stonehenge to experience the Spring Equinox - the point in the year where the day and the night are of equal length. It's also one of only four times of the year (the others being the Autumnal Equinox, and the Solstices) where the public are allowed to roam inside the stone circle. Nicole speaks to the Druids and mingles with the crowds to find out more about Stonehenge and what makes this time of year so special there.
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( Heritage-Key.com ) Singer/Songwriter Kirsty Hawkshaw is going to be playing a special concert to raise money in aid of the crisis in Haiti on Saturday 27th March 2010 at 8PM (GMT). Heritage Key will be streaming the concert at Stonehenge Virtual where you too can listen and donate to the cause.
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(Heritage-Key.com) Nicole Favish takes a trip up north to see the Hadrian's Wall Illuminations, marking 1600 years since the Romans left! Beacons, flares and torches were lit up along the length of the Roman wall, which is marked with forts, milecastles and turrets. Nicole talks to some Roman re-enactors from Germany, and learns about the Vindalanda writing tablets, one of Britains's most important discoveries from Linda Tuttiett.
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( Heritage-Key.com ) The Romans hated her, the Celts fought for her and now she is immortalised with a statue in Westminster. But who was Boudicca? The latest video in the Ancient World in London series looks at how her name is often misspelt, how her bloodthirsty rage was caused by the death of her husband and raping of her daughters and how the Romans beat her to within an inch of her life. The story of how she sacked three Roman cities in Britain is uncovered, and how she fell at the Battle of Watling Street.
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( Heritage-Key.com ) Jamie Hobbis heads down to Colchester to meet with the Colchester Archaeological Trust's Howard Brooks who takes Jamie on an adventure of the first Roman town in Britain. Showing the guardrooms of the Balkerne Gate which acted as the security entrance for the city, he describes how Queen Boudica destroyed the town. Howard also takes Jamie to the Roman wall of Colchester, and explains its material composition before taking him to a Roman Christian church where he talks about the importance of religion and Christianity on the empire and Britain at this time. Jamie spots a Roman looking church, but Howard explains that it is actually a Saxon church, and was constructed using Roman building materials. Jamie also learns about the town's Roman theatre, a part of which can be viewed inside a vacated home.
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(Heritage-Key.com) In the second part of their adventure across Roman London, Ian Smith takes Nicole Favish to the centre of the city to Cornhill. Taking a trip to the basilica forum and St Stephen Walbrook, Ian explains how the Londinium forum was akin to the city centre such as modern day's Oxford Street and Leicester Square. They attempt to visit the Temple of Mithras but it is currently in the process of being moved. Ian discusses the importance of the River Walbrook to the development of Londinium in ancient times, before the pair go to the London Guildhall, and see the original site of the Roman Amphitheatre. Discussing the blood and gore that would go on as gladiators would battle wild animals, as well as theatre and circus that would serve as the city's entertainment.