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Archaeologists have unearthed what they believe to be a Neolithic ‘earth mother’ figurine in the ruins of a Neolithic kiln on the banks of the river Somme. The 6,000-year-old statuette, which was fired from local earth clay, is thought to have broken into five or six pieces during the firing process in around 4300–3600 BC, but is still being hailed as one of the most complete and well-preserved examples ever found.
The latest issue of BBC History Magazine is now on sale. In our new edition Mark Stoyle investigates popular resistance to the Puritan assault on Christmas during the 1640s and 1650s.
Elsewhere in the magazine, Julie V Gottlieb describes how Britain’s female ‘pacifist’ voters were vilified for supporting Neville Chamberlain’s disastrous appeasement policy.
Two pits discovered at Stonehenge could indicate that the site was used as a place of sun worship before the stones were erected more than 5,000 years ago, according to a team of archaeologists working as part of the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project.
Archaeologists in Peru believe they have found the remains of 44 children, aged between newborn and three years, who may have been sacrificed 600–700 years ago. The bodies were found buried in pairs, placed in baskets, and positioned around stone funerary towers at the Sillustani archaeological site in Peru. All of the bodies had a volcanic stone placed on their chest, together with a variety of offerings such as animals, food, dishes and pitchers.
A collection of early Bronze Age remains and artefacts discovered in a peat mound on Dartmoor in Devon is being hailed as one of the most important finds in the last 100 years by archaeologists. A burial cist – stone-built chest – found at the site revealed cremated human bone, and burnt textile placed within animal hide or fur. Also unearthed was a woven bag filled with around 100 amber and shale beads.
The latest issue of BBC History Magazine is now on sale. In our new edition, Helen Rappaport explains how the death of Prince Albert on 14 December 1861 dealt a hammer blow to the monarchy, and examines the extent of Queen Victoria's grief.
Elsewhere in the magazine, BBC History Magazine's Rob Attar speaks to three veterans who endured forced marches as PoWs during the Second World War.
Two baby teeth and a jaw fragment have been confirmed as the earliest known remains of Homo sapiens in Europe, according to research published in the journal Nature.