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  1. Ancient Bling: Exquisite Jewelry Found in Tomb of Chinese Woman

    Around 1,500 years ago, at a time when China was divided, a woman named Farong was laid to rest wearing fantastic jewelry, which included a necklace of 5,000 beads and "exquisite" earrings, archaeologists report.  Read full story here

  2. Marine life, Country diary - The Guardian:

    pointed yellow cone

    We have beachcombed this tideline on scores of summer days but have only gone home with painted top shells (Calliostoma zyzyphinum) on a handful of occasions.

    Of all the shells washed ashore here, this is the most desirable: a pointed yellow cone decorated with purple streaks. Stand it on its tip and it resembles a 1in tall replica of an old-fashioned spinning top.  Read rest of article here

  3. Cool Place of the Day: Lindisfarne, Northumberland

    Every day, a new place to discover or explore from coolplaces.co.uk

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    Lindisfarne Castle National Trust Images

    Is there a more dramatic journey in the north of England than across the causeway to Holy Island? The tide cuts the island off for a few hours each day – time it wrong and you're in for an extended stay...

    Also known as Lindisfarne, the island was an early centre of Christianity, with a monastery first founded in the 7th century, which was later the source of the famous Lindisfarne Gospels – illuminated manuscripts that are possibly the high point of Celtic religious art. Read full article here

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