History Archive
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.
05 August 2014, 08:02 AM ET
A Stone Age burial in Norway contains a skull fragment and what may be a bit of preserved brain tissue, new research suggests.
04 August 2014, 03:53 PM ET
An ancient native American settlement saw an ultraviolent period in the mid-1100s, where nine out of 10 people experienced violence, skeletal remains suggest.
04 August 2014, 08:51 AM ET
The mausoleum had been plundered, but inside archaeologists found more than 10,000 artifacts, including treasures made of gold, silver, bronze, jade and lacquer. They also found several life-size chariots and dozens of smaller chariots.
04 August 2014, 08:36 AM ET
Archaeologists have discovered a 2,100-year-old mausoleum in China containing the tomb of ruler Liu Fei along with several treasures and chariot-and-horse pits.
01 August 2014, 07:40 AM ET
New York, Paris and Rome attract famous people, while Boston and Edinburgh produce them, according to a new study that maps more than 2,000 years of notable people's movements.
31 July 2014, 08:16 AM ET
The 2,000-year-old skeletons found in a Danish bog were subject to mutilation and mysterious rituals months after death, including four pelvises that were strung on a stick like beads, archaeologists find.
31 July 2014, 08:11 AM ET
The skeletons of Iron Age warriors found in a bog in Denmark seem to have been collected and ritually mutilated months after months on the battlefield some 2,000 years ago. Archaeologists also found four pelvises strung on a stick in the bog.
30 July 2014, 06:30 PM ET
Ötzi the Iceman, a Neolithic man preserved in the ice of the Austrian Alps, had a genetic predisposition to heart disease, new research suggests.
30 July 2014, 01:03 AM ET
The British public voted for the £10m Longitude Prize to go towards funding scientific research to solve the urgent global problem of rising resistance to antibiotics.
28 July 2014, 01:25 PM ET
The public can now visit the first, but not final, resting place of King Richard III of England. The king's bones were found in 2012 in a parking lot in Leicester, England.
28 July 2014, 11:54 AM ET
Tree rings in the waterlogged ribs of a sunken ship found at the World Trade Center site revealed that the vessel was likely built in 1773, or soon after, in a small shipyard around Philadelphia.
28 July 2014, 08:40 AM ET
In 2010, excavators discovered a wooden ship buried under the site of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. A new tree ring study reveals that the vessel was likely built in 1773, or soon after, in a small shipyard around Philadelphia.
24 July 2014, 05:16 PM ET
On a September day in 1974, Capt. Harold "Buck" Adams set the world speed record in the U.S. military's SR-71 Blackbird aircraft. At the controls of the twin-engine supersonic plane, Adams flew from London to Los Angeles in a blistering 3 hours, 47 minute
24 July 2014, 12:59 PM ET
A Paleolithic child who died 100,000 years ago likely suffered brain damage, but lived several years after his or her injury.
24 July 2014, 10:38 AM ET
A rusty, barnacle-covered anchor that may be the lost anchor from an 18th century voyage around the world was pulled from the Puget Sound last month. Now, the sunken treasure will undergo a long cleaning.
24 July 2014, 08:12 AM ET
The 3,300-year-old carving once held the face of the god Amun, but pharaoh Akhenaten, who may have been King Tut's dad, had it and the associated hieroglyphs hacked out during a religious revolution.
24 July 2014, 08:05 AM ET
An ancient Egyptian carving found in the tomb at the site of Sedeinga in modern-day Sudan shows the scars of a religious revolution and may have been gouged by Akhenaten, the possible father of King Tut.
23 July 2014, 07:58 PM ET
Liquid is a state of matter between solid and gas. Molecule are farther apart from one another, giving them space to flow and take on the shape of their container.
23 July 2014, 02:00 PM ET
The skeleton of a child who lived 100,000 years ago shows signs of severe brain damage from a head trauma, new research suggests.
23 July 2014, 10:55 AM ET
The seafaring empire of Tonga, an archipelago of about 160 Polynesian Islands in the South Pacific Ocean, once spanned more than a thousand miles, serving as the hub through which distant settlements exchanged artifacts and ideas, researchers say.
23 July 2014, 09:20 AM ET
The bacteria that cause many cavities has been diversifying over the last several thousand years, according to a new study of DNA extracted from ancient, cavity-ridden teeth.
22 July 2014, 08:55 PM ET
Solid is a state of matter in which the molecules are packed closely together and usually arranged in a regular pattern. A solid object has a fixed shape and volume.
16 July 2014, 02:23 PM ET
When looking for a meal, prehistoric people in Africa munched on the tuberous roots of weeds such as the purple nutsedge, according to a new study of hardened plaque on samples of ancient teeth.
16 July 2014, 01:52 PM ET
Pioneers had plenty to worry about on their journeys west, but the earliest Mormons survived their treks across the Great Plains in high numbers, new research finds. The mortality rate of Mormon pioneers was barely higher than average.
16 July 2014, 01:40 PM ET
Thousands of years after the invention of a formal writing system, a new study finds that the ancient people of the Middle East may have continued to use a more primitive way of recording information: clay tokens.
15 July 2014, 11:49 AM ET
Scenes of life, including that of an ancient priest and his dog, come to life in this wall painting on fine white plaster found in ancient Egypt just east of the Great Pyramid. The researchers suspect other tomb paintings await discovery.
15 July 2014, 11:38 AM ET
An ancient Egyptian painting, depicting scenes of life, has been discovered in the tomb of a possible priest located near the Great Pyramid at Giza.
15 July 2014, 03:41 AM ET
An Italian skeleton from the middle ages gets a diagnosis 700 years too late: The man had brucellosis, a livestock-transmitted disease that causes pain and reoccurring fevers, and, occasionally, death.
14 July 2014, 03:00 PM ET
On a ranch in northwestern Sonora, Mexico, archaeologists have discovered 13,400-year-old Clovis points mingled with bones from an extinct elephant relative called the gomphothere.
14 July 2014, 02:37 PM ET
Archaeologists have unearthed a small iron pin used to screw a false tooth into the mouth of ancient Celtic woman.