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6,500-year-old 'Noah' skeleton found in museum basement

Researchers from a Philadelphia museum found a human skeleton estimated to be 6,500 years old sitting in its basement untouched for 85 years, according to the Penn Museum.

Noah's ark was round – says British Museum curator

In a new book, Irving Finkel, curator of the British Museum's clay tablets from ancient Mesopotamia, sets out to prove that the familiar story of the biblical flood was derived from stories originating thousands of years before the bible was written.

Rough seas uncover earliest human footprints outside of Africa

Happisburgh - Human footprints have been discovered on a beach on the Norfolk coastline in England, said to be more than 800,000 years old. The footprints are the oldest discovered outside the African continent.

Record number of visitors to British Museum in 2013

London - 2013 was a record breaking year for the British Museum in London with just over 6.7 million visitors passing through the doors.

Photo Essay: British Museum reveals treasures of Asia Special

The British Museum, located in the Bloomsbury district of London, holds many treasures. On a recent visit I decided to examine some of the treasures in its section on Asia.

Alexander the Great: Cross dressing conqueror of the world

British academic Tony Spawforth has presented a paper entitled "Alexander: Cross-Dressing Conqueror of the World" based on a claim made by Alexander's contemporary Ephippus.

British museum hosts world's oldest portait

London - A 26,000 year-old carving, made on the ivory tusk of a woolly mammoth and representing the face of a person, will shortly be exhibited in London. This is probably the world's oldest portrait.

What's On At The British Museum next month?

London - The British Museum may no longer be home to the British Library, but it is still a vibrant centre of education, learning and culture.

Op-Ed: Vandals desecrate grave of 'great man' Marx

The grave of Karl Marx has been desecrated, not for the first time. Some still regard him as a 'great man' - can they be serious?
 

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A Budai figure from the Ming dynasty. Based on an eccentric Chán monk.
A Budai figure from the Ming dynasty. Based on an eccentric Chán monk.
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The Queen Elizabeth II Great Court – the largest covered square in Europe – which opened in 2000...
The Queen Elizabeth II Great Court – the largest covered square in Europe – which opened in 2000.
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One of the many rooms in the British Museum  full of interesting objects drawn across centuries and ...
One of the many rooms in the British Museum, full of interesting objects drawn across centuries and geography.
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