History Archive
08 January 2016, 07:51 AM ET
For the first time in more than 140 years, humans have laid eyes on doomed ships from the infamous Whaling Disaster of 1871. Here are photos of the shipwrecks that got stuck in Alaskan pack ice.
07 January 2016, 10:50 PM ET
The Roman Empire is famous for its advanced sanitation — public baths and toilets — but human poop from the region shows that it was rife with parasites.
07 January 2016, 09:33 PM ET
The Cretaceous Period lasted approximately 79 million years, and ended with a major extinction event about 65.5 million years ago.
07 January 2016, 06:15 PM ET
Ancient immune system genes that humans inherited from Neanderthals and Denisovans may help people fight off disease, but may also make them more prone to allergies.
07 January 2016, 02:00 PM ET
The famous Ötzi, a man murdered about 5,300 years ago in the Italian Alps, had what's now considered the world's oldest known case of Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium that can cause ulcers and gastric cancer, a new study finds.
07 January 2016, 12:36 PM ET
Here’s a look at six ancient Egyptian statues discovered near the Nile River. The 3,500-year-old statues depict a man named Neferkhewe and his family and were found inside false tombs.
07 January 2016, 12:33 PM ET
The statues, dating back 3,500 years, depict the chief of northern Sudan and his wife. The couple, and their kids, appear to sport round faces and big ears.
07 January 2016, 07:39 AM ET
A 3,400-year-old citadel near Israel's Mediterranean coast will soon be part of a modern, high-rise apartment building, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority.
07 January 2016, 07:36 AM ET
A 3,400-year-old citadel in northern Israel is undergoing a curious development: It will soon be in the basement of a high-rise apartment building.
06 January 2016, 02:42 PM ET
The remains of the fortress were uncovered on a site that will house an apartment high-rise. The builder will integrate the ancient site into the basement of the new structure for residents and visitors.
05 January 2016, 07:27 AM ET
Excavations in central Israel revealed remnants of ancient buildings, one of which is estimated to be 2,700 years old.
05 January 2016, 07:27 AM ET
Excavations in central Israel revealed remnants of ancient buildings, one of which is estimated to be 2,700 years old.
04 January 2016, 07:44 AM ET
As the terrorist group ISIS is pushed out of northern Iraq, archaeologists are resuming work in the region, making new discoveries and figuring out how to conserve archaeological sites and reclaim looted antiquities.
31 December 2015, 08:59 AM ET
Though archaeology digs into humans' past, Live Science looks at what historical mysteries and bones may be revealed in 2016. From pyramids in Sudan to revelations about the Gospel of Jesus's Wife, here are six discoveries to watch for.
28 December 2015, 01:46 PM ET
A hand-carved marble statue of a ram that was uncovered last week along Israel's Mediterranean coast has archaeologists guessing about who carved the creation.
28 December 2015, 01:13 PM ET
Ancient hominins may have harnessed fire from nearby lava flows to cook food, keep warm and evolve bigger and smarter brains, new research proposes.
28 December 2015, 09:02 AM ET
An ancient marble altar dating to the second century and showing a nude warrior battling a serpent monster has been discovered by villagers near the Akçay River in Turkey.
22 December 2015, 07:57 AM ET
A Danish astronomer recently made an unexpected discovery — cartons holding hundreds of glass plates imprinted with images of telescope observations, some of which were 120 years old.
22 December 2015, 07:53 AM ET
Photographic glass plates imprinted with astronomy observations offer a unique view of the sky from decades long past.
21 December 2015, 03:01 PM ET
Egypt's famous "boy king," the pharaoh Tutankhamun, may have suckled at the breast of his half sister during his infancy, new research finds.
21 December 2015, 10:50 AM ET
Tiny figurines that may have been used as rattling toys or charms to ward off evil spirits were discovered in the grave of an infant who died 4,500 years ago.
18 December 2015, 01:47 PM ET
The imperial goatee on King Tutankhamun's golden burial mask is back in business after scientists reattached it with beeswax, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.
18 December 2015, 08:01 AM ET
A few skeletons unearthed in a 400-year-old Polish cemetery have been discovered with sickles placed around their necks. Archaeologists believe this strange burial practice is evidence of a belief in magic and a fear of demons.
18 December 2015, 07:56 AM ET
In the Drawsko cemetery in Poland, archaeologists have discovered five skeletons with sickles placed at the throat or hips. This burial practice may have been meant to protect the dead from demons.
15 December 2015, 02:44 PM ET
Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities has been pushing for the return of ancient Egyptian artifacts smuggled out of the country.
15 December 2015, 12:05 PM ET
Here's a look at nine reclaimed Egyptian artifacts that were once part of the underground marketplace for smuggled items.
15 December 2015, 07:42 AM ET
The wreck of the San Jose made headlines because of money. But there's more to this lost galleon than silver and gold.
14 December 2015, 07:11 AM ET
Not far from where the English king Richard III was buried, archaeologists have uncovered some everyday treasures.
14 December 2015, 07:11 AM ET
Backyards haven't changed much over the past 1,000 years or so. While digging in an area not far from where King Richard III's bones were found, archaeologists unearth rubbish pits, outhouses and mosaic pavements along what were once people's backyards.
11 December 2015, 11:38 AM ET
Stonehenge may have actually been built from stones that were dismantled from an earlier henge, although not everyone agrees with that theory.
10 December 2015, 08:28 AM ET
Lost for 450 years, the memorial tomb of the greatest ruler of the Ottoman Empire may have been discovered outside of a small town in Hungary.
09 December 2015, 03:39 PM ET
The "Mona Lisa" may be hiding the real Lisa Gherardini beneath its surface, one scientist claims, but other experts in the field are skeptical.