History Archive
02 June 2014, 07:55 AM ET
A popular menu item at delis and restaurants in North America, pastrami is a brisket (or other cut) of beef that has been cured in a mixture of sugar, spices and garlic and then smoked before cooking.
31 May 2014, 03:23 AM ET
In many ways, the history of civilization is the history of chemistry. Humans have always sought to identify, use and change the materials in our environment.
30 May 2014, 12:45 PM ET
Tough and tiny zircon crystals have ruled out another volcano as the source of ash used to make Maya pottery, deepening this long-running archaeological mystery.
30 May 2014, 10:30 AM ET
Construction is underway in London's Battersea neighborhood for the new U.S. Embassy. But long before the site was set aside for diplomacy, it may have been a caveman campground.
30 May 2014, 08:42 AM ET
The Navy is in the process of re-cataloguing its historical collections. Photos of many artifacts, including a gold-plated AK-47 and a Vietcong sandal, are now viewable online.
30 May 2014, 08:40 AM ET
The Naval History and Heritage Command is photographing almost all of its archives and putting images of many items online, including weapons dating back to the 17th century, experimental guns and a gold-plated AK-47.
29 May 2014, 07:01 PM ET
Shakespeare called him a hunchback, but a 3D model of Richard III's spine shows he had adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. While the condition caused one of his shoulders to sit higher than the other, it likely didn't lead to a limp or breathing problems.
29 May 2014, 07:01 PM ET
Richard III of England had scoliosis, a condition in which the spine curves abnormally. New three-dimensional models based on the king's recently rediscovered skeleton show the details of the king's anatomy.
29 May 2014, 03:03 AM ET
Nikola Tesla is often called one of history’s most important inventors, one whose discoveries in the field of electricity were way ahead of his time.
29 May 2014, 02:48 AM ET
The Goths sacked Rome in A.D. 410, but they also helped preserve Roman culture.
28 May 2014, 09:43 AM ET
Newly analyzed artifacts and a 200-year-old journal reveal the remarkable tale of the first American citizen to enter China's Forbidden City and meet the emperor.
27 May 2014, 08:02 PM ET
New, digitally enhanced images from Angkor Wat revealed amazingly detailed murals of elephants, gods, boats, musical instruments and horses. The wall paintings are invisible to the naked eye.
27 May 2014, 08:01 PM ET
Digitally enhanced images revealed hidden paintings on the walls of Angkor Wat, the famous ancient temple in Cambodia.
27 May 2014, 06:13 PM ET
Humans possess more complex, powerful brains compared with humanity's closest living relatives, such as monkeys and apes. One reason behind this jump in brainpower may lie in how much of the human metabolism is devoted to the human brain.
27 May 2014, 11:45 AM ET
A rare Crusade-era lead seal used to secure a letter was uncovered in an ancient farmstead in Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced. The 800-year-old seal was likely once fixed to a document from the Mar Saba monastery.
27 May 2014, 08:10 AM ET
In prehistoric Eurasia, drugs and alcohol were originally reserved for ritual ceremonies, and weren't used merely to satisfy hedonistic motives, research suggests. They used alcohol and psychoactive plants to communicate with the spiritual world.
23 May 2014, 02:49 PM ET
From its origins as Decoration Day to the separate holidays celebrated in the South, here are several interesting facts about Memorial Day
23 May 2014, 08:25 AM ET
A judicial review concerning the final resting place of King Richard III has determined that the University of Leicester has the right to reinter the King's remains at Leicester Cathedral in England.
21 May 2014, 01:47 AM ET
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21 May 2014, 01:39 AM ET
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21 May 2014, 01:02 AM ET
20 May 2014, 10:54 PM ET
A new report looks at the U.S. cultural heritage sites most threatened by rising seas, wildfires, and storms.
20 May 2014, 12:31 PM ET
Turkish archaeologists excavating a harbor site on the European side of the Bosphorus have unearthed a 1,200-year-old wooden object which they claim is the ancient equivalent of a tablet computer. The device was a notebook and tool — in one.
20 May 2014, 12:42 AM ET
Druids were revered in ancient Britain. Much about them is a mystery, but we know this: They did not build Stonehenge.
19 May 2014, 07:37 AM ET
Artifacts, including iron balls called grape shot, buried on two Caribbean islands seem to have been placed there in the 18th century for their magical powers, protecting inhabitants from harm.
16 May 2014, 01:25 PM ET
Ancient Chinese tea bowls might hold the recipe for a rare form of iron oxide that scientists have had a hard time making in the lab. Pure epsilon-phase iron oxide was unexpectedly discovered in the glaze of silvery Jian bowls made 1,000 years ago
16 May 2014, 12:33 PM ET
The Civil War-era ship the Planter sank in 1876. The ship's history includes being piloted out of Charleston Harbor by a crew of enslaved African-Americans.
16 May 2014, 12:19 PM ET
Maritime experts believe they have found the wreck site of the Planter, a Civil war-era steamer that was once commandeered by slaves escaping Charleston Harbor. The ship was destroyed by a storm in 1876.
15 May 2014, 09:18 PM ET
Our modern Western calendar is almost entirely a Roman invention, but it has changed significantly throughout history.
15 May 2014, 05:00 PM ET
World War I is frequently referred to as "the first modern war." Nowhere was this more true than in the realm of communications — the recent introduction of electric- and radio-based communications revolutionized the art of war.