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  1. Which method, developed in the 1940s, is used to date organic objects?
  2. In August 2012 an ambitious excavation began under a Leicester car park which discovered whose remains?
  3. What was found in the Qumran Caves, Palestine, by an Arab shepherd in 1946?
  4. The Herculaneum papyri are more than 1,800 documents carbonized by the eruption of which volcano?
  5. Name the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete which has been called Europe's oldest city?

  6. What sort of prehistoric hill figure is formed from deep trenches filled with crushed white chalk in the English civil parish of Uffington?
  7. Although known locally, in 1911 American historian Hiram Bingham brought to international attention the existence of which citadel?
  8. In 1922, which British archaeologist broke through a doorway that was the entrance to a boy pharaoh’s tomb which had remained sealed for more than 3,200 years? What was the name of this ancient Egyptian pharaoh?
  9. What was discovered in July 1799 by French soldier Pierre-Francois Bouchard during the Napoleonic campaign in Egypt?
  10. What is the name of the area spread along the bank of the River Debe near Woodbridge, Suffolk, where an ornate Anglo-Saxon helmet was found during a 1939 excavation?
  11. Discovered by farmers in 1974, how do we better know the 8,000 soldiers standing guard to protect the tomb of Qin Shi Huang?
  12. By what name are the Parthenon Marbles better known?
  13. Famous German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann excavated the site of which ancient city in 1870 to 1871?
  14. Also known in jest as Pete Marsh, what name was given to the preserved bog body of a man discovered in a peat bog near Wilmslow in Cheshire, in 1984?
  15. What word describes a type of Neolithic earthwork that has a ring-shaped bank and ditch, with the ditch inside the bank?
  16. Who during the 1930s accompanied British archeologist Max Mallowan on excavations in southern Iraq?
  17. A tiny bone found at Fishbourne Roman Palace in Sussex revealed that which animals arrived in the British Isles 1,000 years earlier than previously thought?
  18. What are the names of the geoglyphs or large designs produced on the ground located on the coastal plateau of Peru?
  19. What is the name of the piece of Anglo-Saxon goldsmithing work discovered in 1693, Somerset, that is now one of the most popular exhibits at Oxford's Ashmolean Museum in Oxford?
  20. Which collection of chess pieces, unearthed in 1831, in Scotland, date way back to around 1200AD?
  21. Which British TV programme, featuring a team of specialists carrying out an archaeological dig, was presented by actor Tony Robinson?
  22. A collection of about 130 Roman era curse tablets were discovered in 1979/1980 in which English city? The tablets were requests to the goddess Sulis Minerva to curse the perpetrators of thefts.
  23. In which country is The Cave of Altamira? The cave contains prehistoric paintings of mammals and human hands which totally changed our understanding of prehistoric humans, whom had previously been believed to lack the intellectual capacity required for artistic expression. The artifacts date back to between 14,000 and 20,000 years.
  24. In which English county was the largest hoard of Anglo Saxon gold and silver metalwork yet found discovered in 2009? The hoard completely altered our perceptions of Anglo-Saxon England.
  25. An extensive scientific review in 2016 established that amateur archaeologist Charles Dawson was the likely perpetrator of which fraud?


  1. Carbon dating or radiocarbon dating
  2. Richard III's
  3. Dead Sea Scrolls
  4. Mount Vesuvius (in AD 79)
  5. Knossos
  6. A horse - The Uffington White Horse
  7. Machu Picchu
  8. Howard Carter. Tutankhamun.
  9. Rosetta Stone (which was key to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphs)
  10. Sutton Hoo
  11. Terracotta Army
  12. The Elgin Marbles
  13. Troy
  14. Lindow Man
  15. Henge
  16. Agatha Christie (Max Mallowan was her husband)
  17. Rabbits
  18. The Nazca Lines
  19. The Alfred Jewel
  20. Lewis Chessmen
  21. Time Team
  22. Bath
  23. Spain
  24. Staffordshire (the find is called The Staffordshire Hoard)
  25. The Piltdown Man

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