More than £5 million of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a further £1 million from the Mayor of London has been granted to create a major centre for black history and culture in the capital. The current Brixton-based Black Cultural Archives, which holds over 10,000 historical documents spanning more than 500 years, will eventually be moved to its new home in the currently derelict Grade II Raleigh Hall in Windrush Square.
Analysis of DNA from the 8,000-year-old remains of early farmers found in Germany has revealed similarities to the genetic make-up of those living in today’s Turkey and Iraq. The discovery has led scientists to believe that the concept of farming in Europe may not have been spread by word of mouth, as previously thought, but could have been brought to Europe by migrants from the Near East.
And finally, Andante Travels has invited deserving archaeological projects to submit their applications for this year’s Andante Travels Archaeological Award – a £2,000 cash prize designed to help protect, or discover more about, our archaeological heritage anywhere in the world. Last year’s winner was the Maya site of Lamanai, a vast ruined city in the remote jungles of Belize. More information can be found at www.andantetravels.co.uk or by telephoning 01722 713 800.