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14 January 2015, 06:51 AM ET
How hard was it to play kottabos? An art historian enlisted her students to find out. The results were messy.
14 January 2015, 12:20 AM ET
During these dark winter months, spare a thought for artificial lights.
13 January 2015, 10:27 AM ET
Beneath the cold waves of Lake Michigan rests an aging shipwreck, its wooden planks encrusted with brown-and-gray zebra mussels, that may be the remnants of a 17th-century ship called the Griffin, two Michigan-based treasure hunters say.
12 January 2015, 11:55 AM ET
Museum workers opened a time capsule originally buried in 1795 by Sam Adams and Paul Revere.
12 January 2015, 08:36 AM ET
The Museum of Fine Arts opened a time capsule from 1795 that had been buried under the Massachusetts State House cornerstone in Boston.
08 January 2015, 09:15 AM ET
Environmental constraints like rainfall and soil fertility may have been behind the collapse of society on Easter Island, new research finds.
07 January 2015, 11:58 AM ET
Divers find nearly 40 metal ingots from a shipwreck off the coast of Sicily that was lost in the sixth century.
06 January 2015, 02:56 PM ET
Israel's Declaration of Independence was photographed with a high-tech camera that will recreate the document's original appearance.
06 January 2015, 08:28 AM ET
An Italian warlord who suddenly dropped dead in 1329 was poisoned, a mummy autopsy reveals. Scientists found deadly traces of the toxic plant digitalis, or foxglove, in his system.
05 January 2015, 03:04 PM ET
The first known Chinese kingdom may have been destroyed when its lands rapidly transformed into deserts, possibly driving its people into the rest of China, a new study finds.
05 January 2015, 12:09 PM ET
The tomb of a previously unknown Egyptian queen was discovered in a pyramid necropolis southwest of Cairo, officials said yesterday (Jan. 4).
05 January 2015, 06:50 AM ET
The gateways of an ancient Roman fort in Britain are roughly aligned with the light from the sun during the summer and winter solstices.
02 January 2015, 01:12 PM ET
Constance Wilde — the wife of 19th century Irish writer Oscar Wilde — suffered from a mysterious illness for the last decade of her life. A new analysis of her unpublished letters suggests that she most likely had multiple sclerosis.
02 January 2015, 06:46 AM ET
Deep in the forests of northwestern Europe, the ghosts of battle from World War II remain. These landscapes preserve troves of bomb craters, trenches and even the remains of supply depots — all of which have not been well studied until now.
01 January 2015, 06:00 AM ET
An ancient, two-sided amulet uncovered in Cyprus contains a 59-letter inscription that reads the same backwards as it does forwards.
30 December 2014, 06:39 PM ET
Archaeologists working at a site in Istanbul, Turkey have unearthed 37 remarkably well-preserved shipwrecks.
30 December 2014, 01:39 PM ET
A volcanic eruption nearly 40,000 years ago didn't cause the Neanderthal's extinction, new research suggests.
28 December 2014, 09:16 AM ET
Eight shipwrecks that date to the Byzantine Empire and were recently discovered in Turkey are in exceptionally good condition, archaeologists say.
25 December 2014, 06:10 AM ET
From the discovery of an ancient tomb in Greece to the first evidence of Neanderthal art, here are Live Science's favorite archaeology stories of the year.
24 December 2014, 12:45 PM ET
Archaeologists in Turkey have unearthed a 1.2 million-year-old stone tool that may be the oldest one found in the region.
24 December 2014, 11:03 AM ET
Sediments drawn from one of the world's most mysterious underwater sinkholes suggest that Mayan civilization collapsed due to drought.
24 December 2014, 09:01 AM ET
An ancient Chinese civilization that was mysteriously abandoned may have disappeared because of an earthquake that rerouted the city's water flow, new research suggests.
24 December 2014, 02:12 AM ET
The weak force is one of the four fundamental forces that govern all matter in the universe. Through the process of beta decay, it plays a crucial role in powering stars and creating elements.
23 December 2014, 12:24 PM ET
Archaeologists in Israel recently unearthed a glass bracelet decorated with a timely design.
22 December 2014, 02:47 PM ET
From the star of Bethlehem to the baby in the manger, experts don't agree on how much of the biblical Christmas narrative is true.
19 December 2014, 05:03 PM ET
From humanoid robots to machine guns, here are five da Vinci inventions that were truly before their time.
18 December 2014, 02:53 PM ET
Get ready to see Leonardo da Vinci as you've never seen him before. A new film about the Renaissance genius's life opens in select theaters on Friday (Dec. 19).
18 December 2014, 02:47 PM ET
The original Renaissance man had a few well-kept secrets.
18 December 2014, 01:43 PM ET
A cultural agency in the United Kingdom says it's discovered the oldest living Christmas tree in all of Britain.
18 December 2014, 06:48 AM ET
Ancient people pressed olive oil as far back as 8,000 years ago in Israel, a new study finds. Researchers found residues of the Mediterranean-diet staple on ancient clay pots dating back to the 6th century B.C.
18 December 2014, 06:45 AM ET
People living in ancient Israel used olive oil about 8,000 years ago, according to a chemical analysis of pottery shards and vessels found in the northern part of the country.
17 December 2014, 07:06 AM ET
An ancient farmhouse dating back to 2,800 years ago — complete with 23 rooms, winepresses and a grain silo — is no longer lost to the ages. Over the past few weeks, archaeologists have uncovered the sprawling stone house in Rosh Ha-'Ayin, Israel.