History Archive
17 February 2015, 09:23 PM ET
Like much of our understanding of early hominid behavior, the imagined diet of our ancestors has also been over-simplified.
17 February 2015, 03:17 PM ET
A trove of nearly 2,000 gold coins that date to about 1,000 years ago was discovered under water off the coast of Israel.
17 February 2015, 01:30 PM ET
A trove of nearly 2,000 gold coins that date to about 1,000 years ago was discovered under water off the coast of Israel.
17 February 2015, 07:38 AM ET
Pristinely preserved bodies at the Badia Pozzeveri cemetery in Tuscany, Italy, could hold the DNA of the cholera bacteria that killed them during an 1850s epidemic. Understanding the disease's evolution could lead to a cure.
13 February 2015, 09:24 AM ET
The oldest cannonball in England has been rediscovered on a field near the site of the Battle of Northampton.
12 February 2015, 07:21 PM ET
The discovery of the head wound that very likely killed Richard III of England was caught on film and has now been released for the first time to the public.
12 February 2015, 05:49 PM ET
A sword or the "top spike of a bill or halberd" caused a major sharp force trauma to the base of the English monarch's skull according to School of Archaeology and Ancient Histor and the East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit.
11 February 2015, 03:25 PM ET
How did the Romans release wild animals into their mighty Colosseum? How did the massive Hagia Sophia cathedral in Istanbul withstand centuries of earthquakes? And how did a desert people carve elaborate tombs in rocky cliffs in Jordan?
11 February 2015, 03:11 PM ET
NOVA investigates major engineering mysteries and amazing innovations of the ancient world in a new, three-part series, “Building Wonders,” premiering February 11-25, 2015 on PBS. 
10 February 2015, 07:33 AM ET
What if Alexander had left his kingdom to one person? Would his empire have expanded, or at least continued to stay together despite its incredible size? Probably not, historians say.
09 February 2015, 10:09 PM ET
Russian culture has a long and rich history, steeped in literature, ballet, painting and classical music. Here is a brief overview of Russian customs & traditions.
09 February 2015, 06:28 PM ET
Apparently ground up bone powder from the skulls of martyrs was an ingredient in sought after medicines.
09 February 2015, 01:50 PM ET
A copy of the Magna Carta dating back to 1300 has been discovered hiding in a forgotten scrapbook in Kent, England. The find reveals that this important document was shipped all over medieval England.
09 February 2015, 07:45 AM ET
Some 8,000 years ago, people would have performed ritual activities like animal sacrifice at these cult sites, where death symbols as well as symbols of fertility, such as penis-shaped structures, were found.
09 February 2015, 07:28 AM ET
Archaeologists have discovered 100 cult sites where people may have practiced ritual activities in what is now Israel some 8,000 years ago. Take a look at these photos from the sites.
06 February 2015, 06:39 AM ET
The hefty stone slab, up for sale in England as a garden ornament, holds a mysterious pattern on its front, one that may be a form of writing, an archaeologist says.
04 February 2015, 06:56 AM ET
The burial may represent the oldest confirmed evidence of twins in history and one of the earliest examples of death during childbirth.
03 February 2015, 08:58 AM ET
A 1,500-year-old book that contains a previously unknown gospel has been deciphered. The ancient manuscript may have been used to provide guidance or encouragement to people seeking help for their problems, according to a researcher.
02 February 2015, 03:06 PM ET
Opium, "magic" mushrooms and other psychoactive substances have been used since prehistoric times by people all over the world, according to a new study.
02 February 2015, 07:06 AM ET
The waterways, pavilions and pathways in the gardens of the Taj Mahal in India align perfectly with the rising and setting sun on the summer solstice, a physics researcher has discovered.
30 January 2015, 05:06 PM ET
Tommy Thompson — a famous shipwreck hunter who located a Gold Rush-era wreck and became embroiled in a long legal drama over his spoils — has been captured in Florida after more than two years in hiding.
30 January 2015, 01:54 PM ET
A once-thriving Mesoamerican metropolis dried up about 1,000 years ago when below-average rainfall triggered centuries-long droughts that largely prompted people to abandon the city for greener opportunities, a new study finds.
29 January 2015, 09:34 PM ET
Italian culture, steeped in the arts, architecture, music and food, has flourished for centuries. Here is a brief overview of Italian customs and traditions.
28 January 2015, 05:02 PM ET
Archaeological work has come to a halt in Libya, and researchers are worried about the country's ancient sites, from Roman ruins that have suffered rocket attacks to prehistoric rock paintings that have been vandalized.
28 January 2015, 01:38 PM ET
Discovery of partial skull in Israel may provide insights on humans' migration out of Africa and when they first interbred with Neanderthals.
28 January 2015, 11:31 AM ET
Four thin, black lines, stacked on top of each other, bring the total number of tattoos on Ötzi, a 5,300-year-old mummified iceman, to 61, according to an exhaustive new study.
28 January 2015, 07:04 AM ET
Fractures on spear points show, for the first time, that the first North Americans really did use spear-throwers to hunt from safe distances.
27 January 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Skull fractures can lead to an early death, even if the victims initially survived the injuries, according to a new study that looked at skulls from three Danish cemeteries with funeral plots dating from the 12th to the 17th centuries.
26 January 2015, 07:03 AM ET
The pirate Blackbeard lost his ship in 1718, and the archaeologists who are now excavating the wreck are finding the Blackbeard's medical equipment.
26 January 2015, 06:58 AM ET
The infamous pirate Blackbeard lost is flagship, The Queen Anne's Revenge, in TK. Recently, archaeologists excavating the ship have a found many medical instruments.
26 January 2015, 03:09 AM ET
The Romani ethnic group, often called Gypsies, have unique customs, spiritual beliefs and cultural traditions.
23 January 2015, 05:19 PM ET
Germans place a high value on hard work, precision and order, and have made tremendous contributions to engineering, classical music and beer. Here is an overview of German customs, traditions and values.