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Queen’s lesser-known great-nephew goes under the radar – with love of yoga and pottery

Samuel Chatto is one of Princess Margaret’s grandsons and, despite being the Queen’s great-nephew, he hardly ever features in the headlines. The grandchildren of Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowden, have largely sidestepped the spotlight. Although he’s not well known, Samuel has made a name for himself pursuing artistic and creative endeavours. He loves making pottery […]

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UK

Iraq to free Briton Jim Fitton after being wrongly jailed for smuggling pottery

Mr Fitton, 66, of Bath, was jailed for 15 years last month after he tried to leave Iraq with stones and pottery shards picked up during a tour. Yesterday, his lawyer Thaer Saoud said his appeal against the conviction had been successful, adding: “My client will soon be free.” Mr Fitton’s son-in-law Sam Tasker, 27, […]

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Showbiz

Antiques Roadshow expert devalues ‘rare’ pottery by £18,000 after discovering flaw

In a previously aired episode of BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, Fiona Bruce and the team of experts welcomed guests to Tatton Park in Cheshire. Expert Henry Sandon was thrilled to evaluate two pieces of Worcester Porcelain but admitted a flaw stopped him from comparing one of the pots to a similar one sold at auction not […]

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World

Geologist is jailed for 15 years in Iraq after taking broken pottery

Jim Fitton, 66, picked up 12 stones and shards of broken pottery during an archaeology tour, insisting that he had no idea he was breaking any laws. But a court in Baghdad has found him guilty “of trafficking antiquities”. Judge Jabir Abd Jabir reduced his sentence to a prison term “because of his advanced age”. […]

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Science

Huge Discovery of 18,000 ‘Notepads’ Documents Daily Life in Ancient Egypt

Archaeologists have uncovered the largest collection of ancient Egyptian ‘notepads’ found since the beginning of the 20th century. In the long-lost city of Athribis, in central Egypt, researchers have cataloged more than 18,000 inscribed pieces of pottery, some of which seem to have been written by students.   The shards of inked pottery are known […]