History Archive
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.
24 April 2015, 03:03 PM ET
Ancient people on Rapa Nui may have rolled giant headdresses onto the tops of giant statues on the island, new research suggests.
23 April 2015, 02:00 PM ET
Modern humans may have arrived in Western Europe at about the same time as Neanderthals went extinct there, according to fossil teeth. The findings suggest modern humans caused the demise of Neanderthals, either directly or indirectly.
21 April 2015, 07:48 AM ET
A newly translated papyrus written in Greek and dating to the second century reveals ancient Egyptians who had a late night of drinking would string together leaves from a shrub to wear around the neck.
20 April 2015, 04:10 PM ET
Every wine connoisseur knows the value of an aged wine, but few get the opportunity to sample 170-year-old champagne from the bottom of the sea.
20 April 2015, 08:03 AM ET
Neanderthals may have died off because, unlike their anatomically modern human counterparts, they didn't harness fire for cooking, new research suggests.
17 April 2015, 10:55 AM ET
Images reveal the location and state of the USS Independence, an aircraft carrier involved in WW II and in atomic bomb testing.
17 April 2015, 10:04 AM ET
An underwater robot has created a detailed sonar image of the huge aircraft carrier, revealing it is slightly tilted though upright. The ship operated in the Pacific Ocean during WW II.
16 April 2015, 11:30 AM ET
A man in England went exploring with a metal detector and made the discovery of a lifetime: an exquisitely preserved Roman-era grave filled with artifacts, including bronze jugs, coins and hobnails from a pair of shoes, all dating to about A.D. 200.
16 April 2015, 11:28 AM ET
A man with a metal detector happened upon a Roman-era grave while he was canvassing a field in a U.K. village located between London and Cambridge.
16 April 2015, 06:39 AM ET
Bronze artifacts discovered in a 1,000-year-old house at the Rising Whale site suggest trade was occurring between East Asia and the New World centuries before the voyages of Christopher Columbus.
16 April 2015, 06:37 AM ET
Archaeologists have discovered bronze and other artifacts dating back some 1,000 years and suggesting trade between East Asia and the New World before the exploits of Christopher Columbus. Check out these photos of the excavation and artifacts.
15 April 2015, 01:36 PM ET
There's more than meets the eye in artist Rembrandt van Rijn's famous 17th-century painting, "Susanna and the Elders," according to a new study.
15 April 2015, 10:48 AM ET
African Americans may have gotten the vote a century earlier, and Western cities might have looked a lot different, historians say.
13 April 2015, 07:24 AM ET
The battered remains of a medieval man uncovered at a famous cathedral hint that he may have been a Norman knight with a proclivity for jousting.
10 April 2015, 05:24 PM ET
The oldest Neanderthal DNA was extracted from a human skeleton discovered buried in an Italian cave and may be up to 170,000 years old. The finding suggests the mysterious "Altamura Man" was indeed a Neanderthal.
10 April 2015, 10:30 AM ET
A new geological analysis strengthens the case that Jesus of Nazareth's bones may have once been buried in a Jerusalem tomb, though historians are skeptical.
09 April 2015, 12:32 PM ET
Does geological evidence tying an ancient bone box to a first-century tomb reveal the final resting place of Jesus of Nazareth?
08 April 2015, 08:08 AM ET
Each of the tombs contains up to 40 mummies, ranging in age from babies to adults. The tombs were discovered at the 1,200-year-old ceremonial site called Tenahaha in Peru's Cotahuasi Valley.
08 April 2015, 07:41 AM ET
Here's a look at images from a ceremonial site in Peru where archaeologists have discovered dozens of tombs, each filled with up to 40 mummies.
06 April 2015, 12:32 PM ET
Ghostly faces and lines of verse previously invisible have been uncovered in the "Black Book of Carmarthen," the oldest surviving medieval manuscript written solely in Welsh. The book holds some of the earliest references to Arthur and Merlin.
06 April 2015, 12:03 PM ET
A 750-year-old medieval manuscript, the oldest surviving medieval text written solely in Welsh, has revealed even more intrigue, as researchers have uncovered once-hidden ghostly faces and text on the vellum pages.
02 April 2015, 04:50 PM ET
A new study suggests Anne Frank probably did not survive to her official death date of March 31, 1945.
02 April 2015, 01:53 PM ET
The burial ground from a medieval hospital had been hidden for more than a century in Cambridge, England. Archaeologists recently excavated the graveyard and discovered hundreds of skeletons.
02 April 2015, 12:36 PM ET
Archaeologists recently got a rare chance to excavate one of the largest medieval hospital burial grounds in Britain.
01 April 2015, 01:01 PM ET
The individual would have fallen down a narrow shaft in the Sterkfontein Caves in South Africa some 3.7 million years ago, the researchers say. This left behind a nearly complete skeleton that could yield key insights on human evolution.
01 April 2015, 01:00 PM ET
Take a stroll through some of humanity's ancestors, including a relative dubbed Little Foot, which scientists have just found lived at about the same time as famed Lucy, an australopithecine.