History Archive
21 March 2015, 09:28 AM ET
On Sunday (March 22), Richard's fans will kick off a week of events complete with fireworks, choirs and solemn processions to celebrate the reburial of the medieval king.
19 March 2015, 09:36 AM ET
An ancient stone tool with bits of elephant fat clinging to it has been discovered in Israel, which strengthens the notion that ancient humans used the tools for butchery.
18 March 2015, 03:18 PM ET
A rare, 338-year-old copy of the Old Testament has been reunited with its twin, a copy of the same edition that was printed in Frankfurt, Germany, in the 1600s.
18 March 2015, 02:36 PM ET
A new study highlights the evolutionary history of two extinct mammals. Both were first collected by Charles Darwin, who speculated that the wacky mammals must be related to smaller ones still alive today. So sprung his theory of evolution.
18 March 2015, 09:12 AM ET
In just a matter of days, Richard III will get a long-overdue royal burial in Leicester, England. The last time the king's body was laid to rest, more than 500 years ago, a "blood moon" might have shone over his naked, heavily wounded corpse.
17 March 2015, 02:31 PM ET
A ring with a rose-colored stone constitutes evidence for direct interactions between the Vikings and the Islamic world.
17 March 2015, 07:51 AM ET
A translucent orange gem engraved with an image of a goddess of hunting has been found near a mausoleum built by Herod the Great, the king of Judea who ruled not long before the time of Jesus.
16 March 2015, 06:33 PM ET
U.S. authorities turned over more than 60 stolen artifacts to Iraq, including gold-plated items from Saddam Hussein's palace and a limestone sculpture of the head of Sargon II.
16 March 2015, 03:45 PM ET
Using airborne laser scanners, researchers have discovered ancient fortifications in Italy that make up the oldest known Roman military camp, where soldiers may have fought pirates more than 2,000 years ago.
14 March 2015, 09:58 AM ET
A recently translated ancient Egyptian tax receipt shows a bill that is (literally) heavier than any American taxpayer will pay this year — more than 220 lbs. (100 kilograms) of coins.
14 March 2015, 09:54 AM ET
Several ancient and medieval texts at McGill University Library and Archives are being deciphered. One of the most interesting texts is a receipt for a huge land-transfer tax.
13 March 2015, 02:25 PM ET
New evidence reveals that the ancient coral tombs of Leluh in Micronesia could be up to 700 years old — much older than previously thought.
12 March 2015, 11:51 AM ET
The wreck of the Musashi, one of the biggest warships ever built, was rediscovered only last week after an eight-year search by billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
10 March 2015, 05:20 PM ET
Archaeologists could pull thousands of skeletons out of the ground in London over the next few weeks as they dig up the 450-year-old Bedlam graveyard to make room for a new train line.
10 March 2015, 04:33 PM ET
Archaeologists have uncovered a colorful and ancient tomb in Egypt, the second such discovery within one month, according to a statement released today (March 10) by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.
10 March 2015, 03:49 PM ET
To make way for a new subway station, archaeologists began excavating a graveyard beneath the streets of London. They expect to find about 3,000 graves from the 16th and 17th centuries.
09 March 2015, 05:22 PM ET
The famous Chinchorro mummies, which have remained preserved in Chile for more than 7,000 years, are now under threat from increased levels of moisture.
09 March 2015, 12:37 PM ET
While spelunking in northern Israel, cavers stumbled upon a hidden stash of ancient coins and jewelry from the era of Alexander the Great, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced.
09 March 2015, 11:02 AM ET
Toxic lead buried in icy layers of an Andes glacier reveals that leaded gasoline was the region's worst polluter in the last 2,000 years.
09 March 2015, 07:17 AM ET
A mysterious corncob-shaped artifact, dating to somewhere between 900 B.C. and 400 B.C., has been discovered underwater at the site of Arroyo Pesquero in Veracruz, Mexico.
06 March 2015, 05:35 PM ET
ISIS has recently taken aim at archaeological ruins and relics in attacks that international leaders say amount to a "war crime."
06 March 2015, 02:28 PM ET
The 2,500-year-old tomb of an ancient Celtic prince has been unearthed, and the tomb contains stunning bronze vessels and other signs of wealth.
06 March 2015, 12:33 PM ET
Archaeologists have discovered the tomb of a Celtic prince dating to the fifth century B.C. inside of a giant funerary complex in Lavau. Take a look at photos from the discovery.
05 March 2015, 03:05 PM ET
Though Einstein is perhaps most famous for his theory of general relativity, the prolific physicist created a host of other inventions and ideas throughout his life.
05 March 2015, 02:12 PM ET
Scientists opened two bottles of beer from a shipwreck off the coast of Finland to get a profile of the 19th century brews. The discovered some unpleasant smells.
05 March 2015, 01:51 PM ET
Most people know that Einstein was an anti-war activist, but after moving to the United States in 1933 and becoming a U.S. citizen, Einstein also confronted American racism.
04 March 2015, 03:53 PM ET
The sunken remains of the Japanese battleship Musashi were found in the Sibuyan Sea, off the coast of the Philippines, according to an announcement made this week by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Check out these haunting photos of the shipwreck.
04 March 2015, 01:01 PM ET
The extinct human species long thought of as the earliest known member of the human family may be at least a half million years older than previously thought, according to state-of-the-art computer models of the species.
04 March 2015, 01:01 PM ET
Scientists have discovered 2.8-million-year-old fossils of what may be a new human species in Ethiopia.
04 March 2015, 01:00 PM ET
A human with a mix of primitive and more modern traits who lived 2.8 million years ago in what is now Ethiopia may be a newfound species and the earliest human ever discovered. The finding reveals humans arose 500,000 years earlier than thought.
04 March 2015, 12:23 PM ET
More than 70 years after it sank during World War II, the legendary Japanese battleship Musashi has been discovered off the coast of the Philippines by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
02 March 2015, 04:20 PM ET
Routine renovations on a supermarket in Paris have revealed several mass burial pits at what was once an ancient hospital in the city.