History Archive
22 March 2016, 01:27 PM ET
The slashed kneecap of a bear found deep inside a prehistoric cave suggests human hunters lived in Ireland earlier than had been previously thought, a new study finds.
22 March 2016, 09:57 AM ET
Archaeologists in Leicester are looking for a lost king's remains.
22 March 2016, 07:49 AM ET
The bronze artifacts, including daggers and battle-axes, were too small and of too -low quality to function as actual weapons, and instead were likely meant as offerings to a deity of war, researchers said.
22 March 2016, 07:38 AM ET
In honor of the one-year anniversary of the reburial of King Richard III's remains, the University of Leicester has released a digital 3D model of Richard III's original grave. Users can explore his battle wounds and other features of the king's skeleton.
21 March 2016, 02:12 PM ET
New research suggests the pharaoh likely had his throat slit by conspirators in his harem.
21 March 2016, 09:21 AM ET
Eight statues of Sekhmet, an Egyptian warrior goddess with a lion's head, were discovered in the Temple of Amenhotep III near the city of Luxor.
21 March 2016, 07:40 AM ET
Not only was he assassinated by several assailants, but the pharaoh Ramesses III was also given post-mortem cosmetic surgery, according to a study of royal mummies spanning from about 1543 B.C. to 1064 B.C.
18 March 2016, 05:20 PM ET
The Goths sacked Rome in A.D. 410, but they also helped preserve Roman culture.
18 March 2016, 10:28 AM ET
Hidden in the Austrian National Library, fragments of text describe an ancient battle between the Goths, who were part of the Roman Empire, and the Greeks, with all the strategic and violent details.
17 March 2016, 02:00 PM ET
Genetic mutations from extinct human relatives called the Denisovans might have influenced modern human immune systems, researchers say.
17 March 2016, 10:26 AM ET
Radar scans of King Tut's tomb have revealed hidden chambers behind two walls. Some researchers say the remains of his stepmom, Queen Nefertiti, may be lurking there; others urge caution, as the radar anomalies may be "false positives."
17 March 2016, 10:06 AM ET
Tutankhamun was an Egyptian pharaoh who lived between roughly 1343 and 1323 B.C. Often called the "boy-king" he ascended the throne at around the age of 10. Today he's most famous for his tomb discovered largely intact in the Valley of the Kings.
10 March 2016, 02:55 PM ET
The last remaining manuscript thought to have been written by William Shakespeare himself is on display at the Folger Shakesepare Library.
09 March 2016, 02:38 PM ET
One of France's earliest-known Roman taverns is still littered with drinking bowls and animal bones, even though more than 2,000 years have passed since it served patrons, a new archaeological study finds.
09 March 2016, 02:35 PM ET
During its heyday, a tavern in Roman France served wine, fish, meat and flatbread to hungry patrons, a new study finds.
08 March 2016, 09:27 PM ET
At least twice in Thai history, the science of eclipses has played a curious part in the affairs of kings.
08 March 2016, 08:25 AM ET
What is now dry land was once a marsh surrounding a busy Anglo-Saxon settlement. Among the tantalizing discoveries there were 16 silver writing styluses and a tablet that may have been a coffin plaque for a long-ago resident.
08 March 2016, 07:20 AM ET
After a metal detector hobbyist turned up a writing stylus in a rural region in England, archaeologists took a closer look, revealing multiple signs of literate and domestic life. Surveys showed the area was once an island at the time it was settled.
08 March 2016, 06:51 AM ET
A shipwreck dating to the American Civil War — likely that of a Confederate blockade-runner — was discovered off the Atlantic coast of North Carolina, according to the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology.
07 March 2016, 11:20 AM ET
A fragment has been pieced together with thousands of other marble fragments to make up a 2,200-year-old map of Rome.
04 March 2016, 12:28 PM ET
The roughly 8,000-year-old "hands" painted on a rock wall in the Sahara Desert aren't human at all, as researchers originally thought, but are actually stencils of the "hands" or forefeet, of the desert monitor lizard, a new study finds.
04 March 2016, 07:34 AM ET
Photos reveal a 4,000-year-old necropolis near the biblical town of Bethlehem in the West Bank where more than 100 tombs once existed. The burial ground was likely for a wealthy settlement, archaeologists say.
02 March 2016, 02:54 PM ET
Three medieval graves in southern France may hold the remains of three Muslim men, a new study finds.
02 March 2016, 07:51 AM ET
The naturally mummified body of German adventurer Manfred Fritz Bajorat, 59, was found by two fishermen who spotted a battered vessel in the Philippine Sea about 60 miles from Barabo.
01 March 2016, 11:49 AM ET
The ancient inhabitants of Europe were largely replaced by another population, possibly from farther south on the continent, toward the end of the last ice age, genetic data suggests.
01 March 2016, 08:08 AM ET
Located on a hillside, the burial ground dates as far back as 4,000 years and was likely the necropolis for a wealthy nearby settlement. Inside some of the tombs, archaeologists found human remains as well as weaponry, such as bronze daggers and an ax.
29 February 2016, 01:22 PM ET
A new series of radar scans could reveal the presence, or lack thereof, of hidden chambers behind a wall in King Tut's tomb where some say Queen Nefertiti is buried.
26 February 2016, 05:25 PM ET
A handwritten letter by famed naturalist Charles Darwin to a British marine biologist was to be auctioned off yesterday (Feb. 25) by Nate D. Sanders Auctions, a Los Angeles-based auction house.
26 February 2016, 03:55 PM ET
Turns out that Easter Island was not destroyed by war after all. Analysis of objects originally thought to be spearheads shows that they are actually general-purpose tools used by the ancient civilization that lived there.
25 February 2016, 02:32 PM ET
A 2,500-year-old grave full of butchered turtle carcasses has been found at an archaeological site in Turkey.
23 February 2016, 10:49 AM ET
As a search is set to resume for Amelia Earhart's remains and her plane, researchers make an odd discovery.
19 February 2016, 04:11 PM ET
A 3,000-year-old wooden wheel has been discovered in the remains of a prehistoric town that collapsed into a river in east England. Archaeologists said the Bronze Age wheel is the largest and best-preserved of its kind, dating back to 1100-800 B.C.