History Archive
11 March 2014, 11:40 AM ET
A roughly 11,000-year-old wand with realistic faces carved into it was unearthed in a graveyard in southern Syria. The wand was found near headless skeletons.
11 March 2014, 12:28 AM ET
Germans place a high value on hard work, precision and order, and have made tremendous contributions to engineering, classical music and beer. Here is an overview of German customs, traditions and values.
10 March 2014, 02:36 PM ET
Researchers have now discovered extensive tunnels, embankments and other remnants of a military fortress hidden beneath the floors of the infamous Alcatraz prison complex.
10 March 2014, 02:18 PM ET
Alcatraz, the notorious island prison surrounded by the waters of San Francisco Bay, is slowly giving up its secrets. Researchers have now discovered extensive tunnels and other remnants of a military fortress hidden beneath the floors of the site.
09 March 2014, 11:45 AM ET
A silk dog outfit dating back to the declining days of China's Forbidden City reveals the posh lives of China's royal dogs.
07 March 2014, 01:31 AM ET
A new exhibition featuring over 200 artifacts from China's Forbidden City will be opening on March 8, 2014 at Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum.
06 March 2014, 05:13 PM ET
In the same century that Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel and Shakespeare wrote "Richard III," German artillery experts were trying to master the art of strapping bombs to cats.
06 March 2014, 10:50 AM ET
A sprawling city in the heartland of the United States was a cultural melting pot hundreds of years before Europeans ever set foot on the continent.
05 March 2014, 10:18 PM ET
In the 1,800-year-old letter, written mainly in Greek, the soldier serving in a Roman legion in Europe tells his family he is desperate to hear from them and that he is going to request leave to make the long journey home to see them.
05 March 2014, 02:45 PM ET
Despite being thought of as forbidden in Islam, Nomadic populations in Saudi Arabia and the surrounding regions ate lizard, new archaeological remains suggest.
05 March 2014, 12:15 PM ET
A talk about the psychobiography of Charles Darwin examined his life using modern psychological theory and research, in an effort to better understand the naturalist's motivations and ambitions.
03 March 2014, 05:29 PM ET
In the ongoing international showdown between Russia and Ukraine, the region known as Crimea has emerged as the top prize — a position it has held, for better or worse, for millennia.
03 March 2014, 02:22 PM ET
An archaeologist says he discovered nine tiny scrolls with biblical text from the Qumran caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were unearthed, according to news reports.
28 February 2014, 06:35 PM ET
Ancient mummies unearthed in the Taklamakan Desert in China were buried with chunks of cheese, the oldest evidence of cheese yet found.
28 February 2014, 06:35 PM ET
Skara Brae is a well-preserved prehistoric village on the west coast of Orkney, Scotland. Visitors can still sit on the furniture in the stone huts.
28 February 2014, 08:28 AM ET
A mysterious candelabra found on the sandy seafloor off the Spanish island of Ibiza may hint at a supply route to a medieval Islamic colony in southern Spain, a new study finds.
27 February 2014, 02:00 PM ET
The founding population of American Indians may have been trapped in a region around the Bering Strait for 10,000 years before colonizing the Americas, a new paper argues.
27 February 2014, 12:45 PM ET
The remains of a gladiator school have been uncovered in Austria and the researchers have used the information to virtually recreate the school in 3D.
26 February 2014, 07:16 PM ET
An ancient Roman gladiator school has been discovered in Austria, complete with cell blocks, a training arena and a bath complex, archaeologists say.
26 February 2014, 05:00 PM ET
A mysterious mummy that sat in a German collection for over a century was once an Incan woman who was murdered with blunt-force trauma to the head, new research suggests.
26 February 2014, 05:00 PM ET
A mysterious mummy that sat in a German collection for over a century was once an Incan woman who was murdered with blunt-force trauma to the head, possibly in a ritual sacrifice, new research suggests.
26 February 2014, 11:39 AM ET
An alliance of pirates preyed on ships laden with treasure, outmatched Britain's Royal Navy, elected their own admiral and, ultimately, were destroyed in a cataclysmic battle against a Dutch fleet in 1614.
26 February 2014, 11:21 AM ET
New evidence reveals the adventures of a 17th-century pirate alliance in what is now Munster, Ireland, who were destroyed in a cataclysmic battle.
25 February 2014, 01:37 PM ET
Sultan Moulay Ismaïl of Morocco, "The Bloodthirsty," reputedly sired perhaps more than a 1,000 kids. Now computer simulations suggest this could have been possible if the ruler had sex about once a day for 32 years.
25 February 2014, 12:37 PM ET
The University of Leicester plans to sequence the full genome of medieval king Richard III, but not everyone thinks the gene sequencing is scientifically relevant or ethical.
24 February 2014, 02:22 PM ET
A "microbial Pompeii" has been found on the teeth of 1,000-year-old human skeletons. Just as volcanic ash entombed the citizens of the ancient Roman city, dental plaque preserved bacteria and food particles on the skeletons' teeth.
22 February 2014, 03:46 AM ET
The Devonian Period occurred from 416 million to 358 million years ago. It is often known as the “Age of Fishes."
21 February 2014, 05:35 PM ET
While sifting through a 19th century trash heap buried below Manhattan's City Hall Park, archaeologists discovered a vaginal syringe used for douching.
21 February 2014, 04:18 PM ET
A new study has pinpointed the bluestones of Stonehenge to a site in western Wales, slightly away from the original source proposed nearly 100 years ago.
21 February 2014, 11:55 AM ET
Nazis clearly planned to develop insect bioweapons at the Dachau concentration camp, even though they never came close, says a researcher who analyzed historical records, including descriptions of creepy-crawly experiments.
20 February 2014, 03:22 PM ET
The silver treasure dates back 3,200 years before minted coins were invented and was found in the ancient biblical city of Abel Beth Maacah, a city mentioned in the Hebrew Bible.
20 February 2014, 03:17 PM ET
The Voynich manuscript has eluded interpretation for a century. It was written in Central Europe in the 15th century and rediscovered by antique book dealer in 1912. Despite intense scrutiny, no one has been able to read the mysterious script.