3,000-year-old bridge known as the Devil"s sunbathing spot is washed away as 2012 comes to a very wet close

Wiped out by a raging river: 3,000-year-old bridge known as the Devil's sunbathing spot is washed away as 2012 comes to a very wet close Bridge swept away by raging river, after trees carried in flood snap cablesAncient construction in Exmoor, Somerset, could date back to 1000 B.C. It has 17 giant slabs – largest being 8ft long and 5ft wide – spanning 180ft | UPDATED: 15:12 GMT, 1 January 2013 A stone bridge reputed to be 3,000 years old was swept away as flooding continued to bring chaos to parts of Britain yesterday

Was there a church in Mecca? Chiselled stonework with "Christian figure" discovered at holy site in Yemen

Was there a church in Mecca Chiselled stonework with 'Christian figure' discovered at holy site in Yemen Stone carving found in Zafar, some 581 miles to the south of MeccaThought to have been made in the era of the Prophet Muhammad, in 530ADArchaeologist Paul Yule concluded that Zafar was centre of a 772,000 sq mile Arab territory that exerted influence all the way to Mecca | UPDATED: 23:59 GMT, 29 December 2012 An Archaeologist has discovered what he believes to be the ruins of a buried Christian empire in the highlands of Yemen. The find has led to theories that there may have once been a Christian church in Mecca. A stone carving of a Christian figure was found in Zafar, some 581 miles south of the Holy City, and is thought to have been made in the era of the Prophet Muhammad.

Indian villagers who claim to be a "Lost tribe of Israel" to return to Jewish homeland after five year legal fight

Indian villagers who claim to be a 'Lost tribe of Israel' to return to Jewish homeland after five year legal fightVillagers from northeastern India will be allowed to settle in IsraelThey claim to be the Bnei Menashe, who were banished from Israel in eight century BCThey were recognised by a Rabbi in 2005 but many Israelis dispute it PUBLISHED: 21:37 GMT, 26 December 2012 | UPDATED: 21:37 GMT, 26 December 2012 Dozens of Indian Jews who claim to be the descendants of a lost biblical Jewish tribe emigrated to Israel from their village in India on Monday, celebrating their arrival after a five-year struggle to get in. The Bnei Menashe, from the northeastern part of India, say they are descended from Jews banished from ancient Israel to India in the eighth century B.C. An Israeli chief rabbi recognised them as one of the 10 'lost tribes' in 2005, and about 1,700 moved to Israel over the next two years before the government stopped giving them visas

2,000-year-old Roman theatre discovered in back garden of archaeological school

Unique 2,000-year-old Roman theatre discovered in back garden of archaeological school Roman remains reveal first British example of ancient cockpit-style theatreHad a large nearly circular orchestra pit with a narrow stage set much further back than in traditional theatresFound at site where Kent Archaeological Field School is basedArchaeologist Dr Paul Wilkinson said: 'It really is an amazing find, the first one in Britain, and it is just beyond my garden' | UPDATED: 16:48 GMT, 25 December 2012 Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a Bronze Age Roman theatre – dating back 2,000 years. Dr Paul Wilkinson, founder of the Kent Archaeological Field School, believes it is the first of its kind to be found in Britain.

Moment crazed Doomsday knifeman Min Yongjun who stabbed 23 children attacks schoolgirl with machete

Moment crazed Doomsday knifeman who stabbed 23 children attacks schoolgirl with machete Knifeman said to be disturbed by Doomsday rumours that world will endHe slashed woman in her home before frenzied machete attack at school | UPDATED: 12:13 GMT, 19 December 2012 These pictures show a man obsessed by Doomsday rumours slashing a Chinese schoolgirl with a machete outside her school gates. Min Yongjun, 36, has been arrested on suspicion of jeopardising public security for stabbing a total of 23 children last Friday A statement from the Guangshan county government indicated that Min might have been strongly affected by 'Doomsday rumours', that predict an apocalypse this Friday

Gay marriage must not lead the agenda

Gay marriage must not lead the agenda | UPDATED: 00:51 GMT, 13 December 2012 Brave: Cameron believes homosexuals should have the same rights as heterosexuals Let's start with the positive. The Mail unreservedly accepts that David Cameron’s brave stand on gay marriage is based on principle. He genuinely believes homosexuals should have the same rights as heterosexuals.

Already find MPs hard to understand? Some have now signed up for Cornish lessons in bid to attract more

Already find MPs hard to understand Some have now signed up for Cornish lessons in bid to attract more speakers of ancient tongue to Parliament | UPDATED: 00:26 GMT, 9 December 2012 The lessons have been arranged by North Cornwall Lib Dem MP Dan Rogerson, who recently failed in an attempt to have Commons leaflets for tourists printed in the ancient Celtic tongue Have you ever felt that MPs speak a different language from the rest of us Well, now some of them are. A number of politicians have signed up for free lessons in Cornish – or, as they say west of the Tamar, Kernowek.

Indonesian villagers duel with homemade whips as part of brutal ritual to "help bring the rain"

Whipping up a storm: Indonesia villagers whip each other in brutal ritual to make it rainThe ritual bouts are an old shepherd tradition known as ujungan Flowing blood is seen as a sign that a plea for rain has been answered | UPDATED: 22:53 GMT, 29 November 2012 These villagers are so desperate for rain they have resorted to an ancient ritual where they attack each other with whips to try and influence the weather.

Andrew Marr"s History of the World: British Naturism accuses BBC of falsifying history

Naturists accuse BBC of major 'cover-up' by putting clothes on the actors in Andrew Marr's History Of The World British Naturism says the BBC has 'admitted to falsification of history' The programme depicts past civilisations in costumes which BN says are inconsistent with historical evidenceThe BBC says they are taking into account the 'sensitivities of the widest possible audience' | UPDATED: 10:45 GMT, 28 November 2012 Naturists have accused the BBC of falsifying history by covering up actors in their portrayal of civilisations that would have been naked in Andrew Marr’s History of the World.