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Published: July 31, 2015 at 4:06 pm
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Remains of English Jamestown colony members discovered


Scientists have identified the remains of four of the early leaders of the English settlement in Virginia’s Jamestown.

The remains of four men were found a church chancel, which indicates that they were of high status among the community. By analysing the bones and using historical research, scientists now believe that these four men were some of the most prominent leaders of the settlement.

The remains were exhumed in November 2013 in the church where Pocahontas married Captain John Rolfe in 1614.

To read the BBC News story in full, click here.

Mystery around the deaths of 3,000 Napoleonic soldiers has been solved

The explanation for the deaths of 3,000 Napoleonic soldiers found in a mass grave in Lithuania has been revealed. According to research carried out by archaeologists from the University of Central Florida, the soldiers died of starvation.

The mass grave was first discovered in 2002 in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius. Around 500,000 soldiers from Napoleon’s army are thought to have been marching on Moscow during 1812, but by June that year the troops were retreating, and only 40,000 survived. This is considered by many to have been the start of Napoleon’s fall from power in France.

To read The Independent story in full, click here.

Cat paw print from Roman times discovered on roof tile

A cat’s paw print has been discovered on a 2,000-year-old roof tile found in Gloucester.

The tile was found in 1969, but the paw print has only recently been discovered by an archaeologist from the Gloucester City Museum.

Speaking about the discovery, Lise Noakes from the Gloucester City Council said: "Dog paw prints, people's boot prints and even a piglet's trotter print have all been found on tiles from Roman Gloucester, but cat prints are very rare."

To read the BBC News story in full, click here.

Country mansion where Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn may have courted goes up for sale

A country mansion in which Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn are believed to have danced during their relationship before their marriage is up for sale for £3.5 million.

A signature resembling the name ‘Boleyn’, thought to have been written by Anne herself, is scratched onto the glass of one of the windows of the Grade-II listed

Yaldham Manor, which was built in the 14th century.

Henry and Anne are thought to have stayed at the manor during the 1520s, when Henry was married to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon.

To read the Daily Mail story in full, click here.

Cold War surveillance station to be turned into whale song listening post

A former Cold War listening station could be turned into a tourist attraction where people can listen to whale song on the Isle of Lewis.

The surveillance station was first set up 60 years ago as a radio and radar post. Locals now hope that a hydrophone could be positioned in the sea in order for tourists to listen to the sound of whales.

The station was originally used by the Ministry of Defence to survey the sea for Soviet submarines and aircraft.


To read the BBC News story in full, click here.


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