History Archive
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.
09 December 2015, 11:22 AM ET
Using laser scanning, archaeologists have discovered a sprawling sand structure composed of several rectangular spirals at the Angkor Wat temple. They aren't sure what the spiral design would have been used for during the 12th century.
09 December 2015, 11:17 AM ET
Photos reveal buried towers and a huge spiral structure uncovered at Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
08 December 2015, 06:38 PM ET
The Colombian government announced the discovery of a treasure ship sunk in battle 307 years ago. The onboard treasure in gold, silver and emeralds is thought to be worth between $4 billion and $17 billion.
08 December 2015, 06:06 PM ET
Images show what may be the wreckage from the demise of the San Jose galleon, which held a wealth of treasure in the form of gold, silver and emeralds.
08 December 2015, 10:06 AM ET
Archaeologists and history enthusiasts have tried to get decent pictures of the drowned plane for decades.
08 December 2015, 10:05 AM ET
Archaeologists and history enthusiasts have tried to get decent pictures of the drowned plane for decades.
04 December 2015, 12:06 PM ET
Four hundred years after they were buried in heart-shaped lead urns, five embalmed human hearts have been discovered in a cemetery in northwestern France.
04 December 2015, 11:20 AM ET
A lead and wood artifact discovered in a roughly 6,000-year-old grave in a desert cave is the oldest evidence of smelted lead on record in the Levant, a new study finds.
04 December 2015, 07:31 AM ET
The presence of dark sediment inside the head of a 3,200-year-old mummy is bizarre, said researchers who used CT scans to peer inside the ancient woman's body. The brain was also still inside the skull.
03 December 2015, 01:28 PM ET
The mummified remains of an Egyptian woman, who live in ~1200 BC was scanned to learn more about her origin. The woman lived in the city of Asyut (374 miles from Alexandria).
03 December 2015, 10:26 AM ET
The seal of King Hezekiah, one of the early kings who ruled over the Israelites, has been uncovered near the Temple Mount in Israel.
02 December 2015, 02:02 PM ET
The oldest engraving of an ancient human dwelling has been unearthed in a cave in Spain.
01 December 2015, 02:22 PM ET
The world's oldest peach fossils have been discovered in southwestern China, according to a new report. At more than 2.5 million years old, the fruits predate the arrival of humans to the region.
01 December 2015, 10:25 AM ET
Thousands of stone structures forming various shapes from wheels to gates to bull's-eyes have long puzzled archaeologists. New research reveals some may date back 8,500 years while others seem to have astronomical significance.
01 December 2015, 09:30 AM ET
Here are photos of circular-shaped structures, some with spokes radiating out from the center, that dot the Middle East. Some of these so-called wheels date back thousands of years, though archaeologists are puzzled over their purpose.
30 November 2015, 02:57 PM ET
Why does culture sometimes evolve via sudden bursts of innovation?
25 November 2015, 07:45 AM ET
On the 100th anniversary of what is arguably Einstein's greatest accomplishment — the publication of his theory of general relativity — PBS is celebrating his work and giving viewers insights into the man behind the theory.
24 November 2015, 12:07 PM ET
Google created a doodle today to honor the 41st anniversary of the discovery of 'Lucy,' the famous upright-walking Australopithecus ancestor to modern-day humans.
23 November 2015, 10:49 AM ET
A trunk containing about 2,600 undelivered letters—600 of them unopened — was recently rediscovered. A team of researchers is now collaborating on a new project to study the rare archive, using X-rays to virtually open the sealed notes.
23 November 2015, 08:43 AM ET
An intricately carved gold ring containing a stone engraved with an image of a teenage Cupid, shown completely nude while holding a torch, was discovered near a village in the U.K. Spiral designs and bead-shaped spheres decorate the ring.
20 November 2015, 10:09 AM ET
A trunk containing about 2,600 undelivered letters — 600 of them unopened — was recently rediscovered. Researchers are now collaborating on a new project to study the rare archive.
16 November 2015, 04:06 PM ET
Lions and tigers and birds, oh my!
16 November 2015, 03:51 PM ET
The organization's many-sided facade is about to become a giant digital photo album.
16 November 2015, 03:06 PM ET
Predators and prey bring an ancient tile floor to life.