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Location of Viking clash pinpointed by archaeologists

The location of the battle that supposedly ‘brought England into existence’ was always going to be hotly disputed. But archaeologists now claim the site of the Battle of Brunanburh has been definitively established.

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Viking Surge

The very word ‘Viking’ conjures up images of fearsome longships, merciless invasions, and slaughtered victims. But were the Vikings unique in their savagery, or were they instead products of an era in which all those who wished to conquer did so without taking any prisoners?

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Remains of Iron Age warrior to go on display

The spectacular remains of an Iron Age warrior, discovered 12 years ago in Chichester, England, will soon be put on public display for the first time at the Novium Museum, Chichester. Thought to date from 50BC, the warrior’s skeleton was discovered buried alongside a series of ornate weapons and artefacts.

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War Reporters: Xenophon

Introducing Seema Syeda’s new series on battlefield scoops throughout the ages. The practice of recording the events of war is as old as war itself. The likes of Herodotus and Thucydides are well known as great ancient historians of conflict. Often placed alongside them is Greek military commander and philosopher Xenophon. However, instead of being […]

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Legendary Ancient Fortress Discovered in Egypt

The location of a fortress dating back to the Ptolemaic dynasty of Egypt has been found at Berenike on the Red Sea coast. The Ptolemaic dynasty was a Macedonian-Greek family that ruled in Egypt during the Hellenic period, from 305 to 30 BC. Berenike was part of a chain of ports along the Red Sea […]

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Afghanistan: graveyard of armies

A huge, mountainous, landlocked Central Asian state, Afghanistan has defied invaders for 2,500 years. Jules Stewart takes a look at the country’s military longue durée.     Taken in historical context, the 13-year presence of NATO combat troops in Afghanistan amounted to scarcely a footnote to centuries of foreign military intervention in the country. From the […]

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