History Archive
15 June 2015, 05:48 AM ET
Graffiti etched into walls of the ancient city of Aphrodisias reveals life some 1,500 years ago, including gladiator combat, chariot racing and religious fighting.
15 June 2015, 05:44 AM ET
Hundreds of graffiti messages dating to 1,500 years ago reveal gladiator combat, chariot racing , religious fighting and sex. Here are photos of the ancient graffiti found engraved onto ancient city walls.
11 June 2015, 04:25 PM ET
A plaster sphinx, more than 90 years old and weathered by the elements, will make its 21st-century debut at a museum in Guadalupe, California, tomorrow (June 12).
11 June 2015, 04:25 PM ET
After spending more than 90 years in the sandy dunes of Guadalupe, California, a majestic plaster Hollywood sphinx, created for the 1923 blockbuster silent film "The Ten Commandments," is making its 21st century debut.
11 June 2015, 12:44 PM ET
Men outnumbered women 10 to 1 in the early Seventies, but today that gap has closed to two to one.
11 June 2015, 07:34 AM ET
The aqueduct that fed ancient Rome carried hundreds of gallons of water per second, enough to support a million residents, a new calculation shows.
11 June 2015, 07:27 AM ET
It's a mystery worthy of Sherlock Holmes, with a backstory that puts "Game of Thrones" to shame: Who was laid to rest in a lavish, gold-filled Macedonian tomb near Vergina, Greece? Archaeologists may never agree if it's Alexander's dad or half brother.
10 June 2015, 01:20 PM ET
A highway upgrade turned into an archaeological discovery in Israel.
10 June 2015, 09:32 AM ET
Palace plots, assassination attempts and multiple marriages would have made family reunions in these royal lineages awkward, to say the least.
10 June 2015, 06:50 AM ET
While history records the exploits of kings and queens, archaeologists mostly dig up anonymous common people -- with a few exceptions.
09 June 2015, 02:42 PM ET
A team of antiquities thieves who were caught red-handed after looting an ancient cave in Israel have been sentenced to 18 months in prison
08 June 2015, 10:57 AM ET
Prehistoric Ireland snubbed its own gold for more exotic, mystical gold across the sea.
03 June 2015, 07:37 AM ET
The name Niels Bohr may take you back to high school chemistry class, but an event tonight promises to take people beyond textbooks, for a behind-the-scenes look at the pioneering scientist.
03 June 2015, 07:34 AM ET
Buttons, plates and other personal effects of the crew of the lost Franklin mission to the Arctic go on public display for the first time ever. The artifacts were brought up during a dive to the wreck site of the HMS Erebus.
03 June 2015, 07:33 AM ET
Canadian authorities have released amazing images of a shipwreck discovered in the Arctic. The vessel is believed to be one of two lost ships from the Franklin Expedition, which set sail in 1845.
02 June 2015, 07:12 AM ET
A 500-year-old engraving may show Leonardo da Vinci playing a musical instrument called a lira da braccio. If verified, the engraving would represent just the third contemporary depiction of da Vinci still in existence.
29 May 2015, 08:07 AM ET
Images reveal recent discoveries in Xanadu, built by the grandsons of Genghis Khan. Archaeologists excavating the city have now discovered colorful dragon heads made of finely baked clay.
29 May 2015, 07:53 AM ET
Three colorful dragon heads made of clay have been discovered in a huge palace in Xanadu, a city constructed by the grandsons of Genghis Khan. The finds reveal the colors of the legendary city.
28 May 2015, 10:40 AM ET
An ancient seal from a clay vessel unearthed in Israel depicts a woman playing a lyre, and may be the oldest depiction of musical performance.
27 May 2015, 04:46 PM ET
How much would you spend on a few strands of a dead man's hair?
27 May 2015, 02:33 PM ET
A 430,000-year-old skull bore marks of a blunt-force trauma that suggested the person was killed.
27 May 2015, 08:33 AM ET
Archaeologists have discovered a prehistoric cemetery containing hundreds of tombs holding entire families and even sacrificed humans. The 4,000-year-old tombs were found near Mogou village in northwestern China.
27 May 2015, 02:35 AM ET
A 4,000-year-old cemetery holding hundreds of tombs has been discovered in northwestern China. Some of the tombs held sacrificed humans, while others contained the bones of likely family members, along with weapons and other artifacts.
26 May 2015, 01:49 PM ET
The ancient Egyptians famously mummified the dead to preserve their loved ones in perpetuity, and now, scientists have mummified fresh tissue from a human corpse to gain insight into these ancient preservation techniques.
23 May 2015, 08:28 AM ET
Part of an ancient aqueduct built more than 2,000 years ago to transport water into the city of Jerusalem was uncovered during a recent construction project, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority.
21 May 2015, 06:55 AM ET
A high-status teenager who was buried 3,400 years ago in Denmark may have originally come from southern Germany, new research suggests.
21 May 2015, 06:54 AM ET
A woman who died 3,400-years ago and was buried in Denmark may have actually hailed from southern Germany, an analysis of her hair and teeth reveals.
20 May 2015, 01:50 PM ET
Inn the desert badlands of northwestern Kenya, scientists have discovered stone tools that date back some 3.3 million years, long before modern humans were on the scene.
20 May 2015, 01:39 AM ET
An Ice Age woman that was buried in a cave in what is now Spain may have had flowered placed in her grave as well, new research suggests.
19 May 2015, 11:56 PM ET
Remembering the eruption of Mount St Helens.
16 May 2015, 06:38 AM ET
The Viking Age may not have started with the plundering of England, but with the peaceful trading of handcrafted combs made out of reindeer antlers, a new study suggests.
13 May 2015, 10:58 PM ET
Charles Darwin's theory of evolution and natural selection isn't an idea with holes. It's one of the most solid theories in science. But what exactly is it?