History Archive
06 April 2016, 08:49 AM ET
An ancient whip uncovered at a medieval English monastery may be one of only four metal scourges found in the country, according to the Nottinghamshire County Council, which manages the archaeological site.
06 April 2016, 08:23 AM ET
Archaeologists in Israel have unearthed delicately carved bronze shovel that may have been used to rake coals around ritual offerings at the Second Temple.
06 April 2016, 08:17 AM ET
A bronze shovel unearthed in Israel may have been used in ritual offerings of incense during the Second Temple period.
05 April 2016, 06:24 PM ET
Signs of Hannibal's passage were preserved in poop deposits left behind by his army's horses.
04 April 2016, 09:38 AM ET
The new NOVA special searches for clues of Viking expeditions to the Americas and more. Streams live on pbs.org/nova on April 4th (3:30pm ET) and on PBS April 6th (9pm ET).
04 April 2016, 07:25 AM ET
The lead tablets, which were meant to curse tavern keepers in ancient Athens, were found in the grave of a young woman who lived 2,400 years ago.
01 April 2016, 06:26 PM ET
With the help of detailed satellite images, scientists have uncovered what may be a previously unknown Viking settlement in Newfoundland, Canada, news sources report.
01 April 2016, 01:25 PM ET
Tutankhamun, popularly known as King Tut, was an Egyptian pharaoh more than 3,000 years ago.
01 April 2016, 12:21 PM ET
Now even Egypt's antiquities minister hints at doubts over the existence of hidden chambers in King Tut's tomb, saying he is keen to find the truth and follow scientific procedures.
01 April 2016, 11:06 AM ET
A rare text is discovered at an Etruscan site in northern Italy.
31 March 2016, 02:06 PM ET
Tens of family tombs have been discovered dating to the 18th and 18th Dynasty at Gebel el Silsila in Upper Egypt. Check out these images of the ancient Egyptian tombs and a shrine.
31 March 2016, 02:06 PM ET
Forty-two rock-cut tombs and a shrine decorated with a winged sun disc have been found along the banks of the Nile River in Egypt.
30 March 2016, 04:21 PM ET
A new analysis of skeletal remains thought to belong to Erik Jedvardsson, a medieval Swedish king turned saint, may be authentic, and the bones could reveal more information about the saint's healthy life and gruesome death.
30 March 2016, 03:13 PM ET
Homo floresiensis, a diminutive hominin dubbed the hobbit, lived about 17,000 years ago on a remote Indonesian island.
30 March 2016, 03:01 PM ET
The remains of a small-statured, 3-foot-tall, adult hominid nicknamed the hobbit lived in a cave on the Indonesian island of Flores. Take a photo journey to see how scientists have been digging up the past lives of these hobbits.
30 March 2016, 09:52 AM ET
William Shakespeare — arguably the greatest playwright of all time — is missing his head, scientists have discovered.
29 March 2016, 03:07 PM ET
This month, the Egyptian antiquities released radar images they said were evidence of hidden chambers within King Tut's tomb that may hide Queen Nefertiti. Now outside experts cast doubt on the claims and are calling for more data to be released.
28 March 2016, 03:32 PM ET
Their explosive power and tons of debris have wreaked havoc on the Earth since the world began.
25 March 2016, 02:53 PM ET
New evidence suggests the ancient trade route ventured through the heights of Tibet.
25 March 2016, 02:11 PM ET
Tissue samples from a Hungarian mummy have revealed that people in the early 17th and 18th centuries suffered from colon cancer, long before the modern plagues of obesity, physical inactivity and processed food were established as causes of the disease.
25 March 2016, 10:00 AM ET
The building at Hadrian's Villa was filled with art, including mosaics and wall paintings, and would have served as an apartment for a high-ranking individual, though not part of the second-century Roman emperor's entourage.
25 March 2016, 09:34 AM ET
Archaeologists working at a villa built by the Roman Emperor Hadrian (reign A.D. 117-138) have discovered a building filled with art.
24 March 2016, 07:37 PM ET
Isaac Netwon is known for his work on gravity. But his biography is full of interesting inventions and other facts, plus quotes oft-recited today.
24 March 2016, 03:16 PM ET
One of Isaac Newton's 17th century alchemy manuscripts will be available in an online repository for those interested in the history of modern chemistry.
24 March 2016, 03:00 PM ET
NOAA scientists found a naval boat that vanished 95 years ago, identifying it as a shipwreck in a marine sanctuary.
24 March 2016, 03:00 PM ET
NOAA identified a shipwreck in California waters as a U.S. Navy tugboat that vanished 95 years ago.
24 March 2016, 12:11 PM ET
The Portuguese explorer opened up a direct route to India around the Cape of Good Hope.
24 March 2016, 11:32 AM ET
What did Jesus and his apostles eat during the Last Supper? New research reveals the likely menu.
24 March 2016, 07:26 AM ET
A bronze bell from a sunken World War II-era Japanese submarine was recently recovered off the coast of Oahu, in Hawaii.
23 March 2016, 02:02 PM ET
A sunken ship from Vasco da Gama's fleet has been found off the coast of present-day Oman.
23 March 2016, 11:10 AM ET
Marine archaeologists say they’ve located the wreck of the nau Esmeralda, a Portuguese ship that was part of explorer Vasco da Gama's second voyage to India.
23 March 2016, 07:45 AM ET
Seventeen years of tumultuous Reformation-Era history are crammed into one 16th-century Bible.