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Friday, April 3, 2020

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A group of Newcastle University students have been attempting to recreate the metal smelting techniques used by our prehistoric ancestors. The students have been working with Jarrow Hall Anglo-Saxon Farm in South Tyneside to try to understand how materials like copper were made in the distant past. Their experiments have been...
Joshua Alder
A historic Newcastle house that featured in the BBC TV Series A House Through Time has been issued with a commemorative plaque. The plaque – which will be unveiled today by Lord Mayor Cllr David Down and BBC presenter David Olusoga – honours 19th-century naturalist Joshua Adler. Mr Adler lived at...
stonehenge
Stonehenge is one of Britain’s best-known and most mysterious monuments. But now Newcastle academics have come up with an interesting theory on how Stone-Age people could have constructed the landmark. Archaeologists from Newcastle University are suggesting that pig fat may have played a vital role in erecting the ancient structure. Academics...
Riot police with shields during the miners' strike
A piece of art, based around a key event in the 1984-5 Miners’ Strike, is to be exhibited in the north east. The film The Battle of Orgreave (An Injury to One Is an Injury to All), by Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller, will be showing at the Woodhorn Museum...
Musket
The north east is set to see firing cannons, marching infantries, clashing weapons and incredible displays of horsemanship – as one of the region’s largest ever battle re-enactments takes place this August bank holiday weekend. The re-enactment will be from the time of the English Civil War (1642-51), a conflict...
Portrait Photo of Sir Isaac Lowthian Bell
Once upon a time, our politicians were forged in industrial furnaces out of iron and steel. Those from the working-class led tougher lives than most of us have even seen, and the aristocratic politicians could hardly be accused of taking the cushy route either. These were men raised to...
mithras temple carrawburgh
A family have donated the remnants of a Roman fort – which lies on land they own along Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland – to the British nation. Carrawburgh Roman Fort was private property for 70 years, but has now been given to Historic England, and will be administered by English Heritage. Carrawburgh...

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