History Archive
27 August 2014, 02:00 PM ET
An archaeological excavation at a Bronze Age palace in modern-day Israel revealed an astonishingly intact ancient wine cellar. A chemical analysis of residue from the jars showed that the wine had traces of pine resin, honey, mint and juniper.
26 August 2014, 12:01 PM ET
Ancient stone artifacts recently excavated from Saudi Arabia possess similarities to items of about the same age in Africa — a discovery that could provide clues to how humans dispersed out of Africa, researchers say.
26 August 2014, 07:50 AM ET
As archaeologists continue to clear dirt and stone slabs from the entrance of a huge tomb in Greece, excitement is building over what excavators may find inside.
25 August 2014, 06:30 PM ET
Archaeologists have been clearing dirt and stone slabs from the entrance of a huge tomb in Macedonia. Excitement is building over what excavators might find inside.
22 August 2014, 07:37 AM ET
A copper awl dating to between 5100 and 4600 B.C. reveals metals were exchanged across hundreds of miles in the southern Levant more than 6,000 years ago, centuries earlier than previously thought, researchers say.
22 August 2014, 07:33 AM ET
Between 2004 and 2007, archaeologists excavated a site in Tel Tsaf in the Jordan Valley of Israel, finding evidence for a Late Byzantine-Early Islamic occupation, including a burial with a metal awl inside.
20 August 2014, 02:01 PM ET
Paleolithic early humans in Spain ate snails nearly 30,000 years ago, about 10,000 years earlier than other humans in the Mediterranean.
20 August 2014, 01:02 PM ET
Neanderthals went extinct in Europe about 40,000 years ago, giving them millennia to coexist with modern humans culturally and sexually, according to new research that also suggests modern humans didn't cause Neanderthals to die out rapidly.
20 August 2014, 11:10 AM ET
The tomb, which also contains the remains of a possibly wealthy individual, was built when Greeks were colonizing the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea. The pottery with zigzagging decorations is one example of art during the Geometric period.
20 August 2014, 10:54 AM ET
Archaeologists working at the ancient city of Corinth, in Greece, have discovered a tomb that dates back about 2,800 years. Inside pottery with zigzagging decorations was found.
18 August 2014, 08:03 AM ET
The Mexican Jesus statue, which contains real human teeth, was likely made during the 18th century, though exactly how it came by real teeth is a mystery.
18 August 2014, 07:52 AM ET
The Mexican Jesus statue, which contains real human teeth, was likely made during the 18th century, though exactly how it came by real teeth is a mystery.
18 August 2014, 07:49 AM ET
Richard III ruled England for just two years and two months before he was killed. And yet, during his short time wearing the crown, Richard certainly ate like a king, a new study finds.
15 August 2014, 11:46 AM ET
Newly discovered patterns in old outbreaks of childhood diseases, such as diphtheria and scarlet fever, could help modern disease fighters.
15 August 2014, 07:45 AM ET
The stoneware bottle, officially bottle for Selters water, contained what may be gin or vodka and was found within a shipwreck at the bottom of a Gulf in the Baltic Sea. Apparently, the booze is drinkable, though doesn't smell good.
14 August 2014, 05:31 PM ET
A shipwreck in the Baltic Sea has revealed artifacts as well as a Selters bottle that shows traces of alcohol, most likely a gin or vodka, say researchers.
13 August 2014, 04:08 PM ET
Armchair historians with a knack for reading scratchy handwriting can now help the Smithsonian Institution with a huge effort to preserve thousands of historical letters and journals online.
13 August 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Archaeologists have found evidence that Egyptians mummified their dead 1,500 years earlier than previously believed.
13 August 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Egyptians may have started making mummies more than 6,000 years ago, about 1,500 years earlier than researchers previously believed the practice began.
12 August 2014, 08:14 AM ET
Villagers discovered the cemetery while digging a ditch near the Nile River in Sudan. Archaeologists have found a box decorated with large eyes believed to protect against the "evil eye," a silver ring and a tomb with bones of a man wearing a thumb ring.
12 August 2014, 08:07 AM ET
The cemetery yielded beautiful treasures, including an "evil eye" box, a silver ring and other goods for the afterlife. The cemetery, with several underground tombs, was discovered while workers were digging a ditch near modern-day Dangeil in Sudan.
11 August 2014, 03:25 PM ET
Nine British universities and research institutions are sending their collections of important texts from the history of medicine and science to the London-based Wellcome Library so that the pages can be made freely available online.
11 August 2014, 02:43 PM ET
In July 2014, the Wellcome Library announced that it would digitize more than 15 million pages of medical books and pamphlets published between 1800 and 1900 to help build up the U.K. Medical Heritage Library.
11 August 2014, 12:18 PM ET
A mastodon skull and an ancient knife found deep below the water in the Chesapeake Bay could hint that Europeans first colonized the Americas, though the evidence is controversial.
11 August 2014, 11:53 AM ET
A mastodon skull and an ancient knife found deep below the water in the Chesapeake Bay could hint that Europeans first colonized the Americas, though the evidence is controversial.
11 August 2014, 07:35 AM ET
The rulers of ancient Egypt lived in glorious opulence, decorating themselves with gold and perfumes and taking their treasures to the grave. New research reveals how such a despotic system could arise from egalitarian hunter-gatherer societies.
08 August 2014, 10:29 AM ET
After much controversy, the remains of King Richard III will be laid to rest on Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Leicester Cathedral during one of three services to honor the English king, the University of Leicester announced.
07 August 2014, 01:42 AM ET
Swordplay in film and literature today is rooted in technique from a time when swords were commonplace.
07 August 2014, 01:17 AM ET
Swashbuckling aside, there is a science to crafting accurate swordfights for cinema, stage and print.
06 August 2014, 07:50 AM ET
The human remains inside a wooden museum box were originally discovered in 1929 at the Ur site in Iraq. Scientists have dubbed the skeleton "Noah," as the perhaps 50-year-old man likely lived after a massive flood occurred at the site.
06 August 2014, 07:41 AM ET
A 6,500-year-old skeleton rediscovered in the basement of the Penn Museum in Philadelphia was originally unearthed in 1929-1930 by a team of scientists led by Sir Leonard Woolley at the site of Ur in what is now southern Iraq.
05 August 2014, 10:29 AM ET
Rare bronze coins were likely hidden in the village during the Great Revolt, an uprising against the Romans, who ultimately took back Jerusalem and destroyed the Second Temple. The discovery was made during construction for the new Highway 1.