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Neanderthals had 'distinct cultures': Ancient tool types show knowledge was passed down generations

Neanderthals had 'distinct cultures': Ancient tool types show knowledge was passed down generations | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
University of Southampton researchers say prehistoric handaxes indicate that two cultural traditions existed among Neanderthals living in today's northern Europe.
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The Medieval warrior graves unearthed by BADGERS: Tunnelling mammals 'discover' the skeletons of two Slavish noblemen

The Medieval warrior graves unearthed by BADGERS: Tunnelling mammals 'discover' the skeletons of two Slavish noblemen | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Eight graves were discovered in Brandenburg, Germany, including one of a Slavish nobleman buried with a double-edged sword, bowl and snake-shaped belt buckle.
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Fighter ace left off roll call of First World War Victoria Cross heroes who are being immortalised in stone because he was born abroad

Fighter ace left off roll call of First World War Victoria Cross heroes who are being immortalised in stone because he was born abroad | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Sub-Lieutenant Reginald 'Rex' Warneford was awarded the medal for outstanding valour aged 23 when he single-handedly destroyed a Zeppelin.
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Hitler performing a Nazi salute, a wartime marching band and a figure of Rudolf Hess: The toys that brainwashed German children throughout World War Two

Hitler performing a Nazi salute, a wartime marching band and a figure of Rudolf Hess: The toys that brainwashed German children throughout World War Two | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Two rare collections of sinister toy soldiers depicting Adolf Hitler and prominent Nazis, played with by children in the Third Reich, fetched more than £7,000 at auction in Durham and Dudley.
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'Our guns and planes finished off nine of them... but we lost one man': Brothers' bond revealed in letters from young WWII soldier to his pacifist sibling

'Our guns and planes finished off nine of them... but we lost one man': Brothers' bond revealed in letters from young WWII soldier to his pacifist sibling | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The letters penned by a soldier fighting in northern Africa to his pacifist brother were discovered in a dusty cardboard box at June Cobley's home in Beeston, Nottinghamshire.
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Was the mastermind of The Great Escape also linked to the death of 'Hitler's Hangman'? Research reveals hero could have helped assassinate top Nazi officer

Was the mastermind of The Great Escape also linked to the death of 'Hitler's Hangman'? Research reveals hero could have helped assassinate top Nazi officer | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
A new book has suggested Spitfire pilot Roger Bushell (pictured) could have been linked to the assassination of notorious Nazi officer, Reinhard Heydrich.
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Dawn of the underground age: Fascinating archive pictures reveal backbreaking work that finally gave London the Tube

Dawn of the underground age: Fascinating archive pictures reveal backbreaking work that finally gave London the Tube | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The magnificent feats of engineering that took place across the capital during London's 'railway age' helped to transform the face of the city.
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Not much Persuasion needed! Anonymous donor gives Jane Austen museum £100,000 so it can try to buy back author's ring that U.S. singer Kelly Clarkson bought

Not much Persuasion needed! Anonymous donor gives Jane Austen museum £100,000 so it can try to buy back author's ring that U.S. singer Kelly Clarkson bought | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
An anonymous donor has handed the Jane Austen House museum £100,000 so that it may try and buy one of the author's rings from singer Kelly Clarkson who wants to take it out of Britain.
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Portraits of a painted lady: Stunning vintage photographs reveal the 'tramp stamp' is not such a modern phenomenon after all

Portraits of a painted lady: Stunning vintage photographs reveal the 'tramp stamp' is not such a modern phenomenon after all | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The photos, taken between 1920 and 1970, feature famous tattooists George Burchett and Les Skuse as well as plenty of their work.
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The photographs that captured a nation at war: Little known Civil War photographer’s dramatic images from the front line which were like nothing ever seen before in c19th America

The photographs that captured a nation at war: Little known Civil War photographer’s dramatic images from the front line which were like nothing ever seen before in c19th America | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Civil War photographer Mathew Brady largely taught himself the finer points of the two pursuits that have linked his name to history: taking pictures and self-promotion.
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World War One from a German soldier's perspective: Hundreds of images give a rare insight into the side of the Great War we rarely see

World War One from a German soldier's perspective: Hundreds of images give a rare insight into the side of the Great War we rarely see | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The vast number of photographs taken by German officer Walter Koessler (pictured) shows the painful journey from the smiles and hopes of signing up to fight, to the stark the reality of war.
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The love that blossomed in the trenches: How Albert medal-winning British medic won the affection of French postmistress after being seriously injured saving comrades

The love that blossomed in the trenches: How Albert medal-winning British medic won the affection of French postmistress after being seriously injured saving comrades | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Sergeant Victor Brookes, met Yvonne Brunel in her post office in the north-eastern French village of Hangest Sur Somme, close to the frontline of the First World War.
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Incredible footage reveals how French World War Two prisoners secretly filmed life in their POW camp with tiny camera hidden in a hollowed out dictionary

Incredible footage reveals how French World War Two prisoners secretly filmed life in their POW camp with tiny camera hidden in a hollowed out dictionary | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Prisoners at the Oflag 17a camp in Austria, close to the Czechoslovakian border, smuggled parts for the camera into the camp in sausages before using it to record their own great escape.
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Fascinating photographs documenting the rise and fall of New York City's neighborhoods compare the city in the early 20th century to today, showing how quiet streets and parks gave way to developme...

Fascinating photographs documenting the rise and fall of New York City's neighborhoods compare the city in the early 20th century to today, showing how quiet streets and parks gave way to developme... | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Pairing his own contemporary photographs of New York City with shots taken from the beginning to the end of the 20th century, Paul Sahner has created a fascinating contrast of the same place in different eras.
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Hey Fritz! Fancy popping over for a game of bridge? It wasn't just football. A remarkable book reveals how warring troops bonded in the trenches

Hey Fritz! Fancy popping over for a game of bridge? It wasn't just football. A remarkable book reveals how warring troops bonded in the trenches | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Richard van Emden is a World War I specialist who has found a niche charting the personal contacts between Britons and Germans.
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The wanted Victorian women: Historic mugshots reveal the cunning faces of England’s Nineteenth Century bad girls

The wanted Victorian women: Historic mugshots reveal the cunning faces of England’s Nineteenth Century bad girls | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The women who made their living as petty criminals in the Victorian era like they have never been seen before though previously unseen mugshots.
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Battle to save 18th century country house admired by Wordsworth and Coleridge that now lies in ruin

Battle to save 18th century country house admired by Wordsworth and Coleridge that now lies in ruin | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Designed by British architect John Soane, Piercefield House, near Chepstow, Monmouthshire, was commissioned in 1785 by Durham banker George Smith, and was heralded as a neoclassical masterpiece.
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It's Brooklyn.... but something's missing: Vintage photos show how the New York City borough looked before hipsters took over

It's Brooklyn.... but something's missing: Vintage photos show how the New York City borough looked before hipsters took over | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
For years it has been a mecca for hipsters, with their music, art and sustainable living ethos, but Brooklyn has long been attracting creative types willing to travel across the world in search of a better life.
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Revealed: The bizarre and tragic tale of languages teacher who became Britain's first victim of World War One just three hours into the conflict

Revealed: The bizarre and tragic tale of languages teacher who became Britain's first victim of World War One just three hours into the conflict | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The first Briton killed in what would become known as the Great War has long been recorded as Private John Parr, who died three weeks after it began.
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Archaeologists discover 'finest ever' piece of Neolithic art that was part of vast temple complex built in 3,500BC

Archaeologists discover 'finest ever' piece of Neolithic art that was part of vast temple complex built in 3,500BC | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The stone artwork - which is decorated on both sides and has been described as one of the 'finest ever' to be found in Britain - was uncovered on the Ness of Brodgar in Orkney, Scotland.
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World War Two veteran who flew 40 missions on Wellington bombers barred from receiving medal because he was flying from 'wrong' air base

World War Two veteran who flew 40 missions on Wellington bombers barred from receiving medal because he was flying from 'wrong' air base | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
RAF wireless operator Dennis Moss, 89, from Govilon near Abergavenny, flew with three different squadrons in 1944-45, but has been told he is not eligible for the Bomber Command Clasp because he was based in Italy under the Central Mediterranean...
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Forgotten medical records, theatre lights and abandoned wards: An eerie look inside what remains of a derelict 19th century hospital

Forgotten medical records, theatre lights and abandoned wards: An eerie look inside what remains of a derelict 19th century hospital | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Abandoned hallways and vacant rooms show what is left of the once busy Lancaster Moor Hospital. Opened in 1816, it has lain derelict since 1991.
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The lost souls of 'Bedlam' are found: Asylum's ancient graveyard is unearthed beneath London as Crossrail dig reveals patients' bones

The lost souls of 'Bedlam' are found: Asylum's ancient graveyard is unearthed beneath London as Crossrail dig reveals patients' bones | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Thousands of Londoners were laid to rest at the burial ground - but modern-day residents passing in and out of Liverpool Street station have no idea of the history lying beneath their feet.
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Inside the decaying ruins of Henry Ford's failed rainforest city 'Fordlandia' based on suburban Michigan

Inside the decaying ruins of Henry Ford's failed rainforest city 'Fordlandia' based on suburban Michigan | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Deep in the Brazilian rainforest is a relic of the Ford empire, from the 1920s, leftover from when the entrepreneur Henry Ford tried to create his own rubber plant to feed his Michigan factories.
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