History Archive
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.
15 May 2014, 02:00 PM ET
A near-complete human skeleton in a watery cave in Mexico is helping scientists answer the question, "Who were the first Americans?"
15 May 2014, 02:00 PM ET
The ancient skeleton of a teenage girl found in an underwater cave in Mexico may be the missing link that solves the long-standing mystery behind the identity of the first Americans, researchers say.
15 May 2014, 12:11 AM ET
It’s often said that there was no tradition of scientific medicine in medieval times.
14 May 2014, 01:45 PM ET
Murals depicting Crusader knights have been rediscovered in a Jerusalem hospital, a century after they were painted over. The murals were painted by a French count who wanted to boost Christianity in the city.
14 May 2014, 01:27 PM ET
Murals painted in a Jerusalem hospital more than a century ago are rediscovered after a broken water pipe strips away modern paint. The murals were painted over during World War I and were never fully restored.
13 May 2014, 04:01 PM ET
In the centuries before World War I, wars were waged on land, or by navies on the high seas. But by the time "the war to end all wars" started in 1914, airplanes had captured the public's attention, and military leaders took notice, too.
13 May 2014, 02:31 PM ET
A mummy previously suspected to be a fake, in fact contains the remains of a human fetus, CT scanning reveals.
13 May 2014, 09:13 AM ET
The wreckage of Christopher Columbus' long-lost ship, the Santa Maria, may have been found off the coast of Haiti. If verified, the discovery could solve a more than 500-year-old mystery of the famous vessel's final resting place.
13 May 2014, 01:55 AM ET
Mind-bending engravings from the 1500s continue to inspire science and matehmatics research.
12 May 2014, 12:49 AM ET
Zeno spent his life exasperating others. He conjured up a series of apparently contradictory situations known as Zeno’s Paradoxes, which have inspired centuries of debate among philosophers and mathematicians.
10 May 2014, 07:48 AM ET
A look at a long history of public records highlights just how much motherhood has changed in the United States. In 1860, only 7.5 percent of moms were employed outside the home, compared with nearly 70 percent today.
09 May 2014, 07:54 PM ET
The use of "anno domini" and "before Christ" to mark time began in the early days of Christianity, when clerics needed to know when Easter would fall.
09 May 2014, 07:27 PM ET
The first atomic bombs were detonated during World War II.