History Archive
18 January 2014, 09:22 AM ET
Archaeologists have mounted a search to find the lost remains of Alfred the Great, who ruled England from 871 until his death in 899.
17 January 2014, 05:56 PM ET
Archaeologists had mounted a search to find the lost remains of Alfred the Great, with no luck until now. If the remains are indeed Alfred's, the discovery would mark the second English king to be found in the United Kingdom less than two years.
17 January 2014, 05:45 PM ET
The discovery of a Portuguese manuscript purporting to include an illustration of a kangaroo has been used to question which European power was first to “discover” Australia.
17 January 2014, 12:27 PM ET
The excavation of a badly looted tomb in southern Egypt turns up the mummy of a pharaoh never before known to exist. Woseribre Senebkay ruled around 1650 BC.
17 January 2014, 12:21 PM ET
Satellite imagery shows that destruction at some of Syria's most iconic ruins has intensified since the onset of the country's civil war.
17 January 2014, 11:48 AM ET
The impartial eye of satellites could help archaeologists assess, or at least verify, which sites are at risk when conflict makes countries like Syria otherwise inaccessible.
17 January 2014, 11:34 AM ET
The badly damaged mummy of the pharaoh Woseribre Senebkay lay forgotten for thousands of years until researchers found his tomb in 2014.
17 January 2014, 01:47 AM ET
Martin Luther King Jr. was a civil rights leader who fought for racial and economic justice. His oft-quoted "I Have a Dream" speech made an incredible impact on the country’s racial, cultural and intellectual landscape.
16 January 2014, 02:46 PM ET
Examinations of airborne scans of three New England towns revealed networks of old stone walls, building foundations, old roads, dams and other features, many of which long were forgotten.
16 January 2014, 02:21 PM ET
Veiled by forest cover, stone walls, old farmsteads and other features become visible in these airborne scans of New England towns.
16 January 2014, 09:14 AM ET
This wallpaper shows Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana—an area that memorializes one of the last armed efforts of the Northern Plains Indians to preserve their way of life.
15 January 2014, 02:35 PM ET
The long-running debate over how Macedonian king Alexander the Great died gets a new twist with a theory that if he was poisoned, a plant called white hellebore could have been the culprit.
14 January 2014, 02:59 PM ET
A tart grog consumed by Nordic peoples as early as 3,000 years ago has been recreated from a chemical analysis of jars and drinking utensils found in ancient graves. The recreation is even available at liquor stores.
14 January 2014, 01:50 PM ET
An analysis of artifacts found in Nordic graves and caches dating back to 1500 BC reveals the ingredients in the ancient alcoholic beverage grog.
12 January 2014, 09:18 AM ET
In the summer of 2013 archaeologists found two strange deposits buried under the floor of a room in ancient Sardis. The vessels each contained an eggshell, bronze tools and a coin. They may have been offerings to ward off demons and disaster.
10 January 2014, 09:40 PM ET
America was named after Amerigo Vespucci, an explorer who first recognized that the lands in the New World were previously unknown continents.
10 January 2014, 05:49 PM ET
Residents of Sardis, an ancient city in modern-day Turkey, spent decades rebuilding after a devastating earthquake struck one night in the year 17 A.D. To ward off demons and future disasters, some locals may have sealed eggshells under their new floors.
10 January 2014, 11:55 AM ET
The remains of a woman found in the collapsed portion of a church in India probably belong to the Georgian Queen Ketevan, who was executed and canonized in the 1600s, new research suggests.
09 January 2014, 05:47 PM ET
History will eventually determine just how much of a bully Christie is or is not, but history has already weighed in on the role that intimidation, retribution, favoritism and popular imagery play, all in the pages of Niccolo Machiavelli's "The Prince."
09 January 2014, 10:10 AM ET
Published online for the first time, these historic final wishes are part of the most comprehensive collection of probate records spanning nearly five centuries of history, between 1384 and 1858.
08 January 2014, 05:36 PM ET
Because of the hominin's powerful jaw, it was long assumed P. boisei ate nuts, seeds and other hard items. Now scientists have figured out what the extinct creature that roamed across East Africa 1.4 million to 2.4 million years ago really ate.
08 January 2014, 05:18 PM ET
The extinct creature, officially called Paranthropus boisei, roamed across East Africa 1.4 million to 2.4 million years ago, living alongside the direct ancestors of humanity. It earned its nickname because of its massive jaw and huge molars.
08 January 2014, 02:06 AM ET
The ancient Mycenaeans inspired Homer's "Odyssey" and "Iliad," and perhaps Greek cooking, too. More than 3,000 years ago, they used portable grill pits and non-stick pans to make souvlaki and bread, new cooking experiments suggest.
07 January 2014, 09:07 PM ET
Unlike Raiders of the Lost Ark the newly translated text leaves the exact location of the Ark, said to have held the 10 commandments, unclear, stating that it, and the other treasures won't be revealed until the coming of the Messiah son of David.
07 January 2014, 02:18 PM ET
Google Earth may be a fun way to bring the far reaches of the globe to people's fingertips, but archaeologists are now using the high-tech software to recreate maps of ancient civilizations, opening a window into history.
06 January 2014, 05:17 PM ET
Images found in a hut at Cape Evans in Antarctica are developed for the first time, revealing Antarctic landscapes as they were a century ago. The images come from Ernest Shackleton's failed expedition to cross the continent.
06 January 2014, 03:23 PM ET
The brightly patterned floors of an ancient Greek palace were painted to mimic patchworks of textiles and stone masonry — an innovative way Bronze Age artists decorated palatial rooms, a new study finds.
06 January 2014, 03:00 PM ET
Skeletons of ancient hunter-gatherers from Morocco reveal extensive tooth decay, likely from a carbohydrate-rich diet of acorns.
06 January 2014, 10:45 AM ET
Arch Aerial, a company formed by recent college grads, rolled out a new drone this month that is designed to accompany archaeologists on far-flung expeditions.
06 January 2014, 08:27 AM ET
Elite Roman families collected wax masks made in the likeness of their male ancestors, but none survive today. Researchers cast models of their own faces to recreate this ancient custom.
06 January 2014, 08:20 AM ET
Elite Roman families stuffed their closets with wax masks made in the likeness of their male ancestors, but none survive today. Researchers cast models of their own faces to recreate this ancient custom.
03 January 2014, 02:15 PM ET
Contrary to earlier belief, even the middle- and lower-class residents of the doomed city of Pompeii had a fairly varied diet, new research suggests.