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Time Piece

A look at everyday objects from the past

A CUT ABOVE THE REST

Keeping your facial hair in check has been a priority for centuries, for practical purposes rather than fashion

Throughout history, having a beard has been seen as a sign of power and virilty, but it could also be a nuisance. This elaborately decorated razor, dating back to the Bronze Age, was found in the Danish district of Viborg. Such razors are thought to have been considered cherished items as they were often buried with their owners. The oldest razor-like object unearthed is from 18,000 BC, showing that shaving and keeping your beard trimmed was important in some of the earliest cultures.

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In this month's issue… Captain Cook's secret mission Retrace James Cook's 1768 first voyage - a scientific expedition that morphed into a globe-spanning quest to find a lost continent thanks to a set of secret instructions. Plus: Louis XIV and the Palace of Versailles; the tragedy of British Tour de France hero Tom Simpson; the fall of the Russian Romanov dynasty; history of chocolate; William Wallace; weird pets; and Palymrene Queen Zenobia takes on Imperial Rome.