History Archive
05 February 2014, 03:14 PM ET
It seems likely that the relics of Charlemagne on display at a treasury in Germany are indeed the bones of the Frankish king, scientists say.
05 February 2014, 01:12 PM ET
By refusing to testify against themselves, defendants exercise their Fifth Amendment rights, one of the original provisions of the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights - though many Americans are still confused when a defendant decides to "plead the Fifth."
04 February 2014, 01:21 PM ET
From downhill ski ballet set to music, to synchronized skating, to the fastest non-motorized sport on Earth, Live Science explores the wacky and wonderful winter sports that didn't quite make the cut.
04 February 2014, 12:55 PM ET
The Olympics could be even more exciting if it included skiers dancing downhill or being pulled by a pack of dogs or horses. Some of the greatest winter sports never made it into the Olympic Games.
04 February 2014, 12:42 PM ET
Archaeologists are set to excavate the Indian Ocean's oldest known shipwreck. The recently discovered sunken vessel lies 110 feet below the surface off the coast of Sri Lanka.
03 February 2014, 10:52 AM ET
From boycotts and suspensions to a terrifying hostage situation, here are some of the most politically charged Olympic Games.
03 February 2014, 07:36 AM ET
The purpose of the pyramid, which predates the Great Pyramid of Giza, is a mystery. It may have been used as a symbolic monuments dedicated to the royal cult that affirmed the power of the king in the southern provinces.
03 February 2014, 07:21 AM ET
Archaeologists working near the ancient settlement of Edfu, in southern Egypt, have uncovered a step pyramid that dates back about 4,600 years, predating the Great Pyramid of Giza by at least a few decades.
31 January 2014, 11:44 PM ET
The Ishtar Gate was one of eight gateways that provided entry to the inner city of Babylon.
31 January 2014, 12:37 AM ET
Louis Pasteur was a French chemist who proved that germs cause disease, developed vaccines for anthrax and rabies and created the process of pasteurization.
30 January 2014, 11:09 AM ET
Although millions of people celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Dec. 25, most scholars agree that he wasn't born on that day, or even in the year 1 A.D.
29 January 2014, 01:58 PM ET
The stunningly preserved papyri reveal two new poems by the Greek poetess, one of which details concern for a sea-faring man, and another beseeching Aphrodite's help in love.
29 January 2014, 01:04 PM ET
Some 300 sexual hookups between Neanderthals and modern humans could explain the lurking caveman DNA, say the scientists who found those genes have influenced humans' skin and hair.
28 January 2014, 02:59 PM ET
The impact of European settlement on Australia was so massive that many mammals disappeared before anyone noticed they were there, but fossils from the past 10,000 years offer excellent evidence of pre-European fauna.
28 January 2014, 01:05 PM ET
The port and barracks for sailors or military troops would've been in use while the pyramids were being built some 4,500 years ago. The findings suggest the area was a central port for the generations of three pharaohs, Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure.
27 January 2014, 03:00 PM ET
A new method for analyzing ancient DNA could help scientists distinguish the genetic material in ancient fossils from contamination caused by archaeologists who handled the bones, new research suggests.
27 January 2014, 12:56 PM ET
A newly discovered hearth full of ash and charred bone in a cave in modern-day Israel hints that early humans sat around fires as early as 300,000 years ago — before Homo sapiens arose in Africa.
26 January 2014, 01:00 PM ET
An ancient hunter-gatherer from Spain had blue eyes and dark skin, suggesting that light skin evolved much later in Europe than previously thought.
26 January 2014, 01:00 PM ET
An ancient hunter-gatherer from Spain had blue eyes and dark skin, suggesting that light skin evolved much later in Europe than previously thought.
24 January 2014, 03:18 PM ET
Ancient Romans practiced infanticide, but unlike many societies, they did not seem to preferentially kill daughters over sons. A new ancient DNA analysis of infant remains finds that the sex ratio of those killed was roughly equal.
24 January 2014, 09:16 AM ET
Israeli archaeologists discovered a mosaic-filled church while probing the site of a future park in the village Aluma. The stunning artwork depicts wild animals like leopards and even symbols of Jesus like Christograms.
23 January 2014, 11:15 PM ET
People who have stigmata exhibit wounds that duplicate or represent those that Jesus is said to have endured during his crucifixion. Whether they appear spontaneously or are self-inflicted is difficult to verify.
23 January 2014, 11:07 PM ET
The Tower of London is a 900-year-old castle and fortress in central London that is notable for housing the crown jewels and for holding many famous and infamous prisoners.
23 January 2014, 04:00 PM ET
The bones reveal signs they were used in medical schools during a time when two men murdered to supply the schools with fresh corpses.
23 January 2014, 12:14 AM ET
Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan led the first voyage around the world.
22 January 2014, 10:09 AM ET
Archaeologists in Israel have uncovered intricate mosaics on the floor of a 1,500-year-old Byzantine church, including one that bears a Christogram surrounded by birds.
21 January 2014, 06:54 PM ET
Recycling may seem new, but it's an idea older than the United States.
21 January 2014, 06:01 PM ET
For me, the progress of science best described by advances in medicine and the instruments used to practice it.
21 January 2014, 09:00 AM ET
The gory remains may have belonged to defeated gladiators or victims of Roman headhunting.
21 January 2014, 08:23 AM ET
The remains of a mansion that likely held high-ranking officials some 4,500 years ago have been discovered near Egypt's Giza Pyramids. Bones from young cattle and teeth from leopards suggest its residents ate and dressed like royalty.
21 January 2014, 08:17 AM ET
Researchers have found an ancient complex and numerous bones from the forelimbs of cattle, popular offerings in ancient Egypt, suggesting royal cult priests perhaps venerating the pharaoh Khafre occupied the complex.
21 January 2014, 08:01 AM ET
Elephants in Eritrea are ordinary African savannah elephants, which are larger than Asian elephants. As a result, an ancient account of why war elephants were spooked must be wrong.