History Archive
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.
02 March 2015, 03:41 PM ET
French police are looking for thieves who swiped a Siamese crown and other Asian artifacts from the Château de Fontainebleau this weekend.
02 March 2015, 03:27 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.
02 March 2015, 01:39 AM ET
When archaeologists opened a tomb near the grave of British King Richard III, they expected to find the skeleton of a knight or a friar. But instead, they found the bones of an old woman.
01 March 2015, 10:35 AM ET
The house, cut into a hillside in Nazareth was first discovered by nuns in the 1880s but only recently dated and identified as the place where people believed Jesus was brought up by Joseph and Mary.
01 March 2015, 10:31 AM ET
A home built into a rocky hillside in Nazareth was regarded as the place where Jesus was brought up by Mary and Joseph. Here's a look at the archaeological remains.
27 February 2015, 07:26 AM ET
Archaeologists discovered a ritual complex in Bolivia where dead bodies were dissolved down to their bones in sizzling pots of caustic chemicals.
26 February 2015, 05:05 PM ET
To the horror of archaeologists and history buffs around the world, ISIS released a new video showing ancient Mesopotamian sculptures being smashed inside northern Iraq's Mosul Museum.
26 February 2015, 10:13 AM ET
A 1,800-year-old tombstone was discovered at a Roman cemetery in England this week. The large stone slab bears an inscription to commemorate the deceased: a 27-year-old woman named Bodica.
23 February 2015, 06:07 PM ET
The connections between technology, urban trading, and international economics which have come to define modern living are nothing new. Back in the first millennium AD, the Vikings were expert at exploring these very issues.
23 February 2015, 03:46 PM ET
An ancient papier-mâché statue of a meditating Buddha contained the body of an 11th-century monk.
23 February 2015, 03:45 PM ET
Turkish forces relocated the sarcophagus, human remains and other relics from the tomb of Suleyman Shah, the grandfather of Osman I, who founded the Ottoman Empire.
23 February 2015, 07:47 AM ET
The hair of 2,000-year-old mummies, long locks adorned with embroidered textiles, is helping researchers determine what these ancient people ate in the weeks and months before their deaths, a new study finds.
23 February 2015, 07:37 AM ET
The 2,000-year-old mummies at buried at the Paracas Necropolis in modern-day Peru likely ate corn, beans as well as plants and animals from the sea, a new chemical analysis finds.
20 February 2015, 02:22 PM ET
Theoretical scientists have started to find that there are universal laws that shape all urban spaces. A new study suggests that the same mathematical rules might apply to ancient settlements, too.
20 February 2015, 07:20 AM ET
An ancient Maya mural found in the Guatemalan rainforest may depict a group portrait of advisers to the Maya royalty, a new study finds.
20 February 2015, 07:19 AM ET
Most Maya murals feature the royal family, but a rare find in northeastern Guatemala shows a mysterious group of men, called obsidians, advising the king.
19 February 2015, 10:34 AM ET
A partial skull found at a site called Lukenya Hill in Kenya suggests that early populations of modern humans in Africa had greater diversity than previously thought.
19 February 2015, 07:14 AM ET
People would have entered altered states of mind inside the 3,300-year-old shrines, which were discovered in Armenia within a hilltop fortress. Since writing had yet to spread to Armenia, the names of the polity and its rulers are unknown.
19 February 2015, 07:11 AM ET
Take a look at photos of ancient shrines discovered in what is now Gegharot in Armenia where ancient people would have practiced different forms of divination, or seeing into the future.
17 February 2015, 09:23 PM ET
Like much of our understanding of early hominid behavior, the imagined diet of our ancestors has also been over-simplified.
17 February 2015, 03:17 PM ET
A trove of nearly 2,000 gold coins that date to about 1,000 years ago was discovered under water off the coast of Israel.
17 February 2015, 01:30 PM ET
A trove of nearly 2,000 gold coins that date to about 1,000 years ago was discovered under water off the coast of Israel.
17 February 2015, 07:38 AM ET
Pristinely preserved bodies at the Badia Pozzeveri cemetery in Tuscany, Italy, could hold the DNA of the cholera bacteria that killed them during an 1850s epidemic. Understanding the disease's evolution could lead to a cure.
13 February 2015, 09:24 AM ET
The oldest cannonball in England has been rediscovered on a field near the site of the Battle of Northampton.
12 February 2015, 07:21 PM ET
The discovery of the head wound that very likely killed Richard III of England was caught on film and has now been released for the first time to the public.
12 February 2015, 05:49 PM ET
A sword or the "top spike of a bill or halberd" caused a major sharp force trauma to the base of the English monarch's skull according to School of Archaeology and Ancient Histor and the East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit.
11 February 2015, 03:25 PM ET
How did the Romans release wild animals into their mighty Colosseum? How did the massive Hagia Sophia cathedral in Istanbul withstand centuries of earthquakes? And how did a desert people carve elaborate tombs in rocky cliffs in Jordan?
11 February 2015, 03:11 PM ET
NOVA investigates major engineering mysteries and amazing innovations of the ancient world in a new, three-part series, “Building Wonders,” premiering February 11-25, 2015 on PBS. 
10 February 2015, 07:33 AM ET
What if Alexander had left his kingdom to one person? Would his empire have expanded, or at least continued to stay together despite its incredible size? Probably not, historians say.
09 February 2015, 10:09 PM ET
Russian culture has a long and rich history, steeped in literature, ballet, painting and classical music. Here is a brief overview of Russian customs & traditions.