History Archive
13 October 2014, 10:53 AM ET
Bonhams auction house will hold a history-of-science themed auction on Oct. 22, featuring a vintage Apple-1 computer and a window from the Manhattan Project test site.
13 October 2014, 10:14 AM ET
An elaborate and colorful mosaic showing the Greek god Hermes leading a man to the underworld has been uncovered in a vast tomb from the era of Alexander the Great, Greek archaeologists announced.
13 October 2014, 08:28 AM ET
Inside the massive cult complex, archaeologists found facemasks, human-size containers and burnt animal bones possibly related to sacrificial practices. The Canaanite storm god may have been worshiped there.
13 October 2014, 07:56 AM ET
The 3,300-year-old building was likely used as a place of cultic ceremonies, possibly to worship the Canaanite storm god Baal or a female deity, say the archaeologists who discovered it.
13 October 2014, 07:26 AM ET
The upcoming World War II film "Fury" puts tank warfare front and center in a depiction of the final Allied push into Germany in 1945.
10 October 2014, 04:33 PM ET
It may seem innocuous now, but this little stone might have killed someone 700 years ago.
10 October 2014, 07:39 AM ET
Using a noninvasive imaging method, British Library scientists have decoded an original, fire-damaged version of the Magna Carta dating back to 1215. The document will be displayed in London in 2015.
10 October 2014, 07:37 AM ET
Scientists have used multispectral imaging to reveal details of the Magna Carta that was badly damaged in a fire in 1731. Here are photos of the secrets found beneath the fire damage.
10 October 2014, 05:52 AM ET
This year's Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to two children's rights activists, Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay.
09 October 2014, 09:24 PM ET
These ancient Egyptian monuments are still a source of speculation and debate.
09 October 2014, 11:18 AM ET
Archaeologists have uncovered the tomb holding the skeletal remains of a man and woman and several treasures, including a silver tiara atop the woman's head, silver jewelry, ceramics and many other artifacts.
09 October 2014, 08:49 AM ET
A silver circlet perched on the head of a Bronze Age woman was among the treasures discovered in a Spanish tomb. Other precious items, including ear dilators and a silver-gilded teacup, were also found in the tomb.
08 October 2014, 09:01 PM ET
Angkor Wat in Cambodia is one of the largest religious monuments ever constructed.
08 October 2014, 03:40 PM ET
The elegant shape of the violin evolved over a period of 400 years, largely due to the influence of four prominent families of instrument makers, a new study finds.
08 October 2014, 01:01 PM ET
Dating back to around 40,000 years ago, cave paintings in Indonesia caves depicting hand stencils and pig-deer may be the oldest ever found.
08 October 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Paintings of mini buffalos, warty pigs and human hands inside caves in Indonesia could be among the oldest examples of cave art in the world, a new study finds. The paintings challenge Europe's standing as the birthplace of prehistoric cave art.
07 October 2014, 02:17 PM ET
The Israel Antiquities Authority unearthed an ancient ritual bath and water cistern with modern world war two graffiti during a highway 38 construction project in Israel.
06 October 2014, 07:14 PM ET
The skeleton of a girl buried face down, meant as a punishment in the afterlife, is found by archaeologists in Italy.
06 October 2014, 12:23 PM ET
A team of underwater archaeologists who are searching for the buried treasures of an ancient shipwreck in Greece finally got their high-tech "Exosuit" wet.
03 October 2014, 09:59 PM ET
Stonehenge, a huge prehistoric monument, was built 5,000 years ago in England. Its builders and its purpose remain a mystery.
02 October 2014, 12:26 PM ET
A 19th-century mummified fetus that underwent an ancient surgical procedure while in its mother's womb has been discovered by scientists in Italy. The remains were uncovered due to the devastated 2009 L'Aquila earthquake.
02 October 2014, 08:16 AM ET
The mummified body of a 29-week-old fetus that had been operated on while in the womb more than 100 years ago, has been discovered in Italy.
30 September 2014, 07:59 AM ET
A medieval tale of a dead bishop's treasure, a pope and a pirate whose name means "fire blast" or "fire fart" has been revealed in documents from the Vatican archives.
30 September 2014, 07:26 AM ET
Newly published Vatican documents reveal an ancient tale of a pirate who seems to have stolen treasure that belonged to a dead bishop and was en route aboard a ship to Pope Innocent VI.
29 September 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Sophisticated oceangoing canoes and favorable winds may have helped early human settlers colonize New Zealand, a pair of new studies shows.
29 September 2014, 07:48 AM ET
An ancient Egyptian mummy is raising a new mystery in archaeology because it has one very rare feature: The blood vessels surrounding the mummy's brain left imprints on the inside of skull.
25 September 2014, 04:50 PM ET
A group that's restoring the inventor's Wardenclyffe lab in Shoreham, New York, is selling engraved bricks to fund a museum at the site.
25 September 2014, 02:16 PM ET
A kind of advanced stone artifact once thought to have only originated in Africa may have been invented elsewhere independently, according to a new study.
25 September 2014, 02:02 PM ET
An ancient way of making stone tools may have been developed independently in Eurasia and Africa, suggesting the technology did not emerge solely from humanity's migration out of Africa.
25 September 2014, 12:33 PM ET
Gas chambers have been unearthed at the infamous Nazi death camp Sobibor, where thousands of people died.
25 September 2014, 02:21 AM ET
In the early 1800s, when your goiter is larger than your head, you had to visit Dr. Mütter.
25 September 2014, 01:36 AM ET
Surgery without anesthetic is a nightmare, and yet for most of human experience, it that was the only option.