A mysterious 2,000-year-old bronze statue of Apollo has been found in the Mediterranean sea off the coast of Gaza. The 500kg life-sized statue was recovered from the seabed by a fisherman, who, unaware of its significance, reportedly transported it home on a donkey cart.
Richard III’s hair and eye colour ‘to be revealed’
Researchers hope to shed new light on the health and ancestry of Richard III, by examining his DNA. A team will extract DNA from a bone sample, before sequencing the former Plantagenet king’s genome. Analysis of Richard III’s genome will offer insights into his genetic make-up, including hair and eye colour, and susceptibility to diseases such as Alzheimer’s or diabetes.
Online exhibit tracks books saved by the real-life Monuments Men
An online exhibition created by the Center for Jewish History in New York is working to trace the origins of the millions of volumes that the Nazis seized from libraries as they marched through Europe. Some of those books remain in German libraries, but as many as three million ended up in the Allies’ Offenbach archival depot outside Frankfurt, Germany, where thousands of book stamps, bookplates and other marks providing clues to their provenance were cataloged in scrapbooks compiled by the American officer in charge.
Revealed: love letters from First and Second World War soldiers
Letters sent by soldiers to their wives and sweethearts during wartime have been compiled in a new book. Wives and Sweethearts: Love Letters Sent During Wartime brings together letters, photographs and diaries from the First and Second World War archives of the National Army Museum, to reveal the personal stories of soldiers and their loved ones during the turbulence of war.
George Africanus: Work to uncover former slave’s life
Research will be carried out to find out more about the life of a west African slave who became a successful entrepreneur in England. George Africanus is thought to have been born in Sierra Leone in 1763, then given as a present to the Molineux family in Wolverhampton in 1766. The family educated him, and he moved to Nottingham as an adult in 1784.