History Archive
28 May 2015, 10:40 AM ET
An ancient seal from a clay vessel unearthed in Israel depicts a woman playing a lyre, and may be the oldest depiction of musical performance.
27 May 2015, 04:46 PM ET
How much would you spend on a few strands of a dead man's hair?
27 May 2015, 02:33 PM ET
A 430,000-year-old skull bore marks of a blunt-force trauma that suggested the person was killed.
27 May 2015, 08:33 AM ET
Archaeologists have discovered a prehistoric cemetery containing hundreds of tombs holding entire families and even sacrificed humans. The 4,000-year-old tombs were found near Mogou village in northwestern China.
27 May 2015, 02:35 AM ET
A 4,000-year-old cemetery holding hundreds of tombs has been discovered in northwestern China. Some of the tombs held sacrificed humans, while others contained the bones of likely family members, along with weapons and other artifacts.
26 May 2015, 01:49 PM ET
The ancient Egyptians famously mummified the dead to preserve their loved ones in perpetuity, and now, scientists have mummified fresh tissue from a human corpse to gain insight into these ancient preservation techniques.
23 May 2015, 08:28 AM ET
Part of an ancient aqueduct built more than 2,000 years ago to transport water into the city of Jerusalem was uncovered during a recent construction project, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority.
21 May 2015, 06:55 AM ET
A high-status teenager who was buried 3,400 years ago in Denmark may have originally come from southern Germany, new research suggests.
21 May 2015, 06:54 AM ET
A woman who died 3,400-years ago and was buried in Denmark may have actually hailed from southern Germany, an analysis of her hair and teeth reveals.
20 May 2015, 01:50 PM ET
Inn the desert badlands of northwestern Kenya, scientists have discovered stone tools that date back some 3.3 million years, long before modern humans were on the scene.
20 May 2015, 01:39 AM ET
An Ice Age woman that was buried in a cave in what is now Spain may have had flowered placed in her grave as well, new research suggests.
19 May 2015, 11:56 PM ET
Remembering the eruption of Mount St Helens.
16 May 2015, 06:38 AM ET
The Viking Age may not have started with the plundering of England, but with the peaceful trading of handcrafted combs made out of reindeer antlers, a new study suggests.
13 May 2015, 10:58 PM ET
Charles Darwin's theory of evolution and natural selection isn't an idea with holes. It's one of the most solid theories in science. But what exactly is it?
13 May 2015, 08:45 AM ET
The Ming Dynasty tomb belonged to Lady Mei, who went from being a concubine to become a political and military strategist. Lady Mei's coffin was damaged by water, but her skeletal remains were found.
13 May 2015, 08:41 AM ET
Archaeologists in Nanjing, in China, have unearthed a Ming Dynasty tomb that belonged to Lady Mei. Inscribed stone epitaphs found in the tomb say that she died in the year 1474 at the age of 45.
11 May 2015, 06:26 PM ET
When a team of scientists scanned hundreds of Egyptian animal mummies, the researchers were in for a surprise: Roughly a third of all the mummies contained no body inside.
11 May 2015, 06:24 PM ET
A team of scientists X-rayed hundreds of Egyptian animal mummies housed in museums throughout England, to get at the artifacts' secrets without damaging them.
07 May 2015, 06:54 AM ET
A newly translated report reveals the dodo bird was not the only wacky animal inhabitant of the island of Mauritius: Bad-tempered parrots, wart-faced pigeons and several other now-extinct but noteworthy indigenous animals called this land home.
07 May 2015, 06:52 AM ET
The dodo bird likely had some company on the Mauritius Island, say researchers who found writings about bad-tempered parrots and warty pigeons, among other descriptions of island life in the 16th and 17th centuries.
05 May 2015, 03:12 PM ET
Despite damage from war, looters and agricultural activity, a Roman temple and settlement high in the Lebanese mountains still hold clues about the ancient and medieval people who once lived there, a new study finds.
05 May 2015, 03:10 PM ET
A Roman temple and settlement in modern-day Lebanon that have been damaged by war, disrupted by looters and encroached on by farmers still yield information about the site's history, a new study finds.
05 May 2015, 07:05 AM ET
A lost section of "Love's Labour's Lost," a comedy written by William Shakespeare, has been rediscovered, revealing a song mocking the sexual inadequacy of one of the play's male characters.
05 May 2015, 06:25 AM ET
Several U.S. Supreme Court Justices asked for a history lesson on same-sex marriage last week, but the answers they got were far from complete, experts say.
02 May 2015, 11:29 AM ET
From Queen Elizabeth to Henry VIII, history is littered with second sons and daughters who changed the world.
01 May 2015, 04:32 PM ET
Ancient DNA is now helping identify specific origins of slave skeletons found in Caribbean.
29 April 2015, 11:56 AM ET
After an icy winter, springtime brought crystal clear waters to Lake Michigan. An aircrew with the Coast Guard spotted several shipwrecks during a routine patrol this month.
29 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
A British warplane that was shot down in 1940 during World War II and was later meticulously restored to flying condition is slated to hit the auction block this summer.
29 April 2015, 06:58 AM ET
The city's grid system has never been seen in the Maya world before and was likely designed by a very powerful ruler thousands of years ago, the researchers said.
28 April 2015, 11:21 AM ET
The British Mk.1A – P9374/G-MK1A is one of 2 original Spitfires still in flying condition (the other is the N3200). It has been restored to its original specs.
28 April 2015, 09:14 AM ET
British explorer Robert Falcon Scott died just months after capturing these images of Antarctica's frozen shores.
28 April 2015, 06:49 AM ET
Photographs taken by ill-fated explorer Robert Falcon Scott during his final trip to Antarctica are up for auction in London.