History Archive
08 October 2014, 09:01 PM ET
Angkor Wat in Cambodia is one of the largest religious monuments ever constructed.
08 October 2014, 03:40 PM ET
The elegant shape of the violin evolved over a period of 400 years, largely due to the influence of four prominent families of instrument makers, a new study finds.
08 October 2014, 01:01 PM ET
Dating back to around 40,000 years ago, cave paintings in Indonesia caves depicting hand stencils and pig-deer may be the oldest ever found.
08 October 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Paintings of mini buffalos, warty pigs and human hands inside caves in Indonesia could be among the oldest examples of cave art in the world, a new study finds. The paintings challenge Europe's standing as the birthplace of prehistoric cave art.
07 October 2014, 02:17 PM ET
The Israel Antiquities Authority unearthed an ancient ritual bath and water cistern with modern world war two graffiti during a highway 38 construction project in Israel.
06 October 2014, 07:14 PM ET
The skeleton of a girl buried face down, meant as a punishment in the afterlife, is found by archaeologists in Italy.
06 October 2014, 12:23 PM ET
A team of underwater archaeologists who are searching for the buried treasures of an ancient shipwreck in Greece finally got their high-tech "Exosuit" wet.
03 October 2014, 09:59 PM ET
Stonehenge, a huge prehistoric monument, was built 5,000 years ago in England. Its builders and its purpose remain a mystery.
02 October 2014, 12:26 PM ET
A 19th-century mummified fetus that underwent an ancient surgical procedure while in its mother's womb has been discovered by scientists in Italy. The remains were uncovered due to the devastated 2009 L'Aquila earthquake.
02 October 2014, 08:16 AM ET
The mummified body of a 29-week-old fetus that had been operated on while in the womb more than 100 years ago, has been discovered in Italy.
30 September 2014, 07:59 AM ET
A medieval tale of a dead bishop's treasure, a pope and a pirate whose name means "fire blast" or "fire fart" has been revealed in documents from the Vatican archives.
30 September 2014, 07:26 AM ET
Newly published Vatican documents reveal an ancient tale of a pirate who seems to have stolen treasure that belonged to a dead bishop and was en route aboard a ship to Pope Innocent VI.
29 September 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Sophisticated oceangoing canoes and favorable winds may have helped early human settlers colonize New Zealand, a pair of new studies shows.
29 September 2014, 07:48 AM ET
An ancient Egyptian mummy is raising a new mystery in archaeology because it has one very rare feature: The blood vessels surrounding the mummy's brain left imprints on the inside of skull.
25 September 2014, 04:50 PM ET
A group that's restoring the inventor's Wardenclyffe lab in Shoreham, New York, is selling engraved bricks to fund a museum at the site.
25 September 2014, 02:16 PM ET
A kind of advanced stone artifact once thought to have only originated in Africa may have been invented elsewhere independently, according to a new study.
25 September 2014, 02:02 PM ET
An ancient way of making stone tools may have been developed independently in Eurasia and Africa, suggesting the technology did not emerge solely from humanity's migration out of Africa.
25 September 2014, 12:33 PM ET
Gas chambers have been unearthed at the infamous Nazi death camp Sobibor, where thousands of people died.
25 September 2014, 02:21 AM ET
In the early 1800s, when your goiter is larger than your head, you had to visit Dr. Mütter.
25 September 2014, 01:36 AM ET
Surgery without anesthetic is a nightmare, and yet for most of human experience, it that was the only option.
23 September 2014, 04:00 PM ET
Fans of the renowned American author Ray Bradbury take note: The writer's personal collection of sci-fi memorabilia and art is now up for sale online.
23 September 2014, 03:17 PM ET
When renowned author Ray Bradbury died in 2012, he left behind a huge collection of very cool stuff.
23 September 2014, 07:34 AM ET
The mostly earthen mounds, with shapes ranging from squares to swastikas, were various sizes, with some rivaling the length of a modern-day aircraft carrier. Archaeologists aren't sure of the purpose of these more than 2,000-year-old geoglyphs
23 September 2014, 07:25 AM ET
More 50 geoglyphs dating back at least 2,000 years have been discovered in northern Kazakhstan. Google Earth images revealed the geoglyphs, most of which are earthen mounds, though a swastika-shaped one was made of timber.
22 September 2014, 01:02 PM ET
Archaeologists have revealed the feet and platform sandals on a pair of wavy-haired female statues standing guard at the entrance of a huge ancient tomb in Greece.
19 September 2014, 04:36 PM ET
The skeletal remains of two lovebirds were uncovered, after being locked in a romantic embrace for the past 700 years.
19 September 2014, 01:34 PM ET
Since it began in 2011, the war in Syria has damaged five of the country's six World Heritage sites, according to a nonpartisan analysis of before-and-after satellite images.
19 September 2014, 10:23 AM ET
Three years of heavy fighting have taken a toll on Syria's archaeological treasures. Five of the country's six World Heritage sites "exhibit significant damage," and some buildings are now "reduced to rubble," according to satellite images.
19 September 2014, 07:21 AM ET
Archaeologists found a tiny Egyptian amulet in souther Jordan, which could attest to the fabled military campaign that the pharaoh Sheshonq I waged in the region nearly 3,000 years ago.
18 September 2014, 02:40 PM ET
An ancient compound decorated with earth-toned mosaics may have once housed Byzantine-era monks as they pressed wine and oil for their livelihood. Archaeologists from the Israeli Antiquities Authority uncovered the ancient compound in recent weeks.
18 September 2014, 12:30 PM ET
An Israeli compound dated to the Byzantine era may have once housed monks who pressed wine and oil for a living.
18 September 2014, 07:45 AM ET
An archaeological dig in an empty residential lot in Gernsheim, Germany, reveals a Roman fort dating back some 1,900 years. Among the finds at the site are ceramic shards and bronze horse ornaments.