History Archive
02 May 2014, 05:42 PM ET
A new documentary about the "Gospel of Jesus's Wife" delves deep into the story behind this tiny scrap of papyrus. Viewers may come away more confident in the fragment's authenticity than some researchers would prefer, however.
02 May 2014, 03:45 PM ET
King Tutankhamun's tomb in Egypt went undisturbed for 3,000 years. But the ancient crypt has been ravaged by tourism. To prevent further damage and deterioration, Egyptian officials have unveiled a life-size replica of the tomb for visitors to explore.
02 May 2014, 03:15 PM ET
Pot reform has been on the lips of politicians here lately. But the current conversations about cannabis are hardly new. Prominent New York politicians have been challenging pot prohibition for nearly 70 years.
02 May 2014, 12:30 PM ET
An extremely rare 158-year-old postage stamp — one that has been described as the Holy Grail for stamp collectors — will be auctioned off this summer in New York City. The famous postal artifact could fetch as much as $20 million, according to Sotheby's.
02 May 2014, 11:58 AM ET
Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa painting may be part of the oldest 3D artwork, say two visual scientists, who looked at the original version and one painted possibly alongside it, called the Prado version.
01 May 2014, 10:44 PM ET
The Egyptians started dividing the day into 24 units, a practice that continues to influence how we tell time.
01 May 2014, 02:30 PM ET
The ancient Egyptians who built the pyramids may have been able to move massive stone blocks across the desert by wetting the sand in front of a contraption built to pull the heavy objects, according to a new study.
01 May 2014, 10:45 AM ET
The story of a circus train accident has become the stuff of legend in the Pennsylvania town of Tyrone, but some researchers are hunting for more tangible traces of that pileup in the form of a mass grave.
01 May 2014, 08:03 AM ET
Found in the burial grounds of Egyptian royalty, the artifacts may have been buried as a ritual act before the construction of a yet undiscovered tomb, possibly that of pharaoh Amenhotep IV.
30 April 2014, 11:15 PM ET
A fantastic coincidence, coupled with research, led to my discovery of a wartime camp in the Jordan desert that was occupied in 1918.
30 April 2014, 03:37 PM ET
On May 30, 1893, around 5:30 a.m., the Walter L. Main circus train carrying dozens of animals and performers ran off the tracks in an epic crash in central Pennsylvania. Researchers are hunting for the makeshift graveyard.
28 April 2014, 03:03 PM ET
An elaborate array of linear stone lanes and V-shaped structures has been discovered on an underwater ridge in Lake Huron, marking what is thought to be the most complex set of ancient hunting structures ever found beneath the Great Lakes.
28 April 2014, 03:00 PM ET
A Neolithic people in what is now Turkey switched from hunting to farming and herding within a few centuries, according to an archaeological investigation of layers of settlement built on top of one another.
28 April 2014, 03:00 PM ET
An elaborate array of linear stone lanes and V-shaped structures has been discovered on an underwater ridge in Lake Huron, marking what is thought to be the most complex set of ancient hunting structures ever found beneath the Great Lakes.
28 April 2014, 01:52 PM ET
Archaeologists have discovered the final resting place of at least 50 royal Egyptians — including princes, princesses and infants — during recent excavations at the Valley of the Kings.
28 April 2014, 11:25 AM ET
In Colorado's Mesa Verde National Park, a large 1,000-year-old structure long thought to be an Ancestral Puebloan water reservoir may not have been built to store water after all, a new study suggests.
28 April 2014, 09:39 AM ET
Mummy Lake, a sandstone-lined circular pit in Colorado's Mesa Verde National park was built some 1,000 years ago and rather than being used as a water reservoir by the Ancient Puebloan people, it was likely used for ritual purposes.
25 April 2014, 02:34 PM ET
Archaeologists excavated a site at New York's City Hall in 2010, unearthing dozens of artifacts, some of them more than 200 years old. The objects are now destined for a new archaeological repository set up by the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission.
25 April 2014, 02:19 PM ET
Thousands of artifacts unearthed in New York City, ranging from a Revolutionary War-era bayonet to a 19th century douche, are finally getting a home. City officials announced they are creating a repository for New York's vast archaeological collection.
24 April 2014, 04:02 PM ET
The 2,000-year-old stonemason's chisel may have been used in the construction of the holy site for both Muslims and Jews.
24 April 2014, 12:45 PM ET
New genetic evidence casts further doubt on the authenticity of a grisly French relic: a gourd long believed to be stained with the blood of Louis XVI.
24 April 2014, 12:11 PM ET
The mysterious abandonment of Cahokia, one of North America's greatest cities, may be linked to a massive Mississippi River flood 1,800 years ago.
23 April 2014, 04:30 PM ET
Watch live as a remotely operated vehicle explores debris and artifacts from one of the three mysterious shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico.
23 April 2014, 01:48 PM ET
A ship that sunk near San Francisco's Golden Gate in 1888 has been rediscovered by NOAA. The City of Chester sits upright in more than 200 feet of water.
22 April 2014, 12:10 PM ET
An investigation by Live Science throws into question the origin of the fourth-century papyrus thought to reveal Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married.
22 April 2014, 11:13 AM ET
In an episode of Yale University's 'Science Xplained', Dr Ainissa Ramirez explains how the frigid waters changed the properties of the boat's rivets, leading to disaster on the Atlantic Ocean in 1912.
21 April 2014, 03:37 PM ET
Modern humans first arose between 100,000 to 200,000 years ago in Africa. When and how the modern human lineage then dispersed out of Africa has long been controversial. Now researchers say there were multiple dispersals earlier than long thought.
21 April 2014, 03:14 PM ET
Neanderthals were remarkably less genetically diverse than modern humans, with Neanderthal populations typically smaller and more isolated, researchers say.
21 April 2014, 12:55 PM ET
An 18th-century painting that was stolen from a church in Poland two decades ago was recovered after it turned up for sale on eBay, federal authorities say.
21 April 2014, 10:00 AM ET
Scientists have pinpointed the region where ancient farmers first cultivated Capsicum annuum, the most common kind of chili pepper.
18 April 2014, 04:29 PM ET
As Christians worldwide gather for Easter to celebrate their belief in the death and rebirth of Jesus, researchers continue to delve into the mysteries that surround the man.
17 April 2014, 02:05 PM ET
Archaeologists discovered animal-printed tile fragments in Blackfriars, Leicester, during excavations in 2014. The artifacts date back to the early Roman era.