History Archive
16 July 2015, 07:06 AM ET
Islamic and Christian holy sites across Iraq have been destroyed by the Islamic State group, demolishing thousands of years of history. Here's a look at photos from an ambitious project to document that history online.
14 July 2015, 12:21 PM ET
Human hands may be more primitive than those of chimps, more closely resembling hands of the last common ancestor of humans and chimps. The findings suggest human-evolution scenarios that rely on a chimplike last common ancestor may be flawed.
14 July 2015, 07:22 AM ET
Two decades after stealing antiquities from a first-century Jewish city in the Golan Heights, on the borders of Israel and Syria, a robber returned the loot to a museum's courtyard, Israeli authorities announced.
13 July 2015, 07:29 AM ET
See the unique mosaics that decorated an ancient synagogue.
13 July 2015, 07:27 AM ET
Stunning mosaics have turned up during an archaeological dig of a fifth-century synagogue in northern Israel.
13 July 2015, 07:20 AM ET
Novel gold spirals unearthed in Danish town with a reputation for mystical gold.
13 July 2015, 07:18 AM ET
A pile of 2,000 tangled gold spirals that bring to mind heaps of the fairy tale princess Rapunzel's golden locks were recently unearthed in Denmark.
08 July 2015, 10:37 AM ET
An ancient Native American grave in Illinois bore the body of a young bobcat, suggesting the ancient people raised the orphan kitty and buried it with love.
07 July 2015, 01:10 PM ET
Scientists are peeling back layers of paint to get to the root of an enduring plague that is threatening century-old art by the likes of Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and Henri Matisse.
03 July 2015, 12:19 PM ET
Americans celebrated the first July Fourth in 1777, a year after declaring independence from England. Here's a list of American traditions and famous fourths.
03 July 2015, 09:52 AM ET
Here are five odd facts about Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), including his enthusiasm for word games, microscopes and photography.
02 July 2015, 05:24 PM ET
The author of the Alice books was also a fan of clever word puzzles and logic games.
01 July 2015, 04:19 PM ET
During a routine renovation of their living room, a family recently discovered a large 2,000-year-old ritual bath underneath the floorboards of their Jerusalem home, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced today (July 1).
29 June 2015, 07:37 AM ET
A horrific spinal injury caused by a bronze arrowhead didn't immediately kill an Iron Age warrior, who survived long enough for his bone to heal around the metal point, a new study of his burial in central Kazakhstan finds.
26 June 2015, 01:20 PM ET
The vessel is known as a funnel beaker, a kind of ceramics that features a flat bottom with a funnel-shaped neck. The discovery was made ahead of the construction of an immersed tunnel to connect the German island of Fehmarn with the Danish Lolland.
26 June 2015, 06:10 AM ET
The vast reserve of coins stored in the Parthenon, one of the most famous structures from the ancient world, may have been used by Athenians to erect buildings and fund battles against their rival Sparta.
24 June 2015, 05:38 PM ET
2015 is the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll's children's fantasy book.
24 June 2015, 03:15 PM ET
Ancient supernatural practices may explain why two Grecian graves contain skeletons that are pinned down with heavy objects and rocks, almost as though people wanted to trap the bodies underground, a new article finds.
24 June 2015, 02:15 PM ET
The ancient Greeks sometimes placed heavy objects, such as rocks and ceramic vessels, on the bodies of people they feared to be revenants, or the living dead.
23 June 2015, 07:22 AM ET
An ancient shipwreck doesn't give up all its secrets at once. Greek authorities have approved a five-year extension for explorers to continue probing the remains of a 2,085-year-old shipwreck known for holding what is considered the oldest computer.
22 June 2015, 09:55 PM ET
Homo erectus was an ancient human ancestor that lived roughly between 2 million and 100,000 years ago.
22 June 2015, 11:37 AM ET
One of the earliest modern humans in Europe had a surprisingly recent Neanderthal ancestor, possibly a great-great-grandfather. The finding suggests the two species interbred in Europe and more recently than once thought.
21 June 2015, 12:54 AM ET
This Sunday (June 21) marks the summer solstice, the official start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.
18 June 2015, 01:01 PM ET
Native Americans are the closest living relatives of the Kennewick Man, an 8,500-year-old skeleton discovered in Washington State.
18 June 2015, 08:08 AM ET
The ancient Egyptian catacomb honoring Anubis, the jackal-headed god of death and funerals, once held 8 million mummified dogs, according to a new study, which was the first to thoroughly investigate the underground tomb.
18 June 2015, 08:07 AM ET
In ancient Egypt, so many people worshiped Anubis, the jackal-headed god of death, that the catacombs next to his sacred temple once held nearly 8 million mummified puppies and grown dogs, a new study finds.
17 June 2015, 02:55 PM ET
Photos from a search expedition to solve the mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance.
17 June 2015, 02:36 PM ET
The search for Amelia Earhart is on (again).
17 June 2015, 08:55 AM ET
Ebola may have struck Athens during ancient times, one researcher says.
17 June 2015, 05:45 AM ET
If the English King Richard III was the "king in a car park," King Henry I may prove to be the "king in a playground." British historians and archaeologists are turning to a church and school yard in Reading in search of the remains of Henry I.
16 June 2015, 10:40 AM ET
A 3,000-year-old ceramic jar discovered in pieces in Israel has been restored to reveal a rare inscription of the name of a ruler and biblical figure whose reign coincided with that of King David.
16 June 2015, 09:16 AM ET
A rare inscription on a ceramic jar dates back to the time of King David, in the 10th century B.C., according to archaeologists with the Israel Antiquities Authority.