History Archive
13 May 2015, 08:41 AM ET
Archaeologists in Nanjing, in China, have unearthed a Ming Dynasty tomb that belonged to Lady Mei. Inscribed stone epitaphs found in the tomb say that she died in the year 1474 at the age of 45.
11 May 2015, 06:26 PM ET
When a team of scientists scanned hundreds of Egyptian animal mummies, the researchers were in for a surprise: Roughly a third of all the mummies contained no body inside.
11 May 2015, 06:24 PM ET
A team of scientists X-rayed hundreds of Egyptian animal mummies housed in museums throughout England, to get at the artifacts' secrets without damaging them.
07 May 2015, 06:54 AM ET
A newly translated report reveals the dodo bird was not the only wacky animal inhabitant of the island of Mauritius: Bad-tempered parrots, wart-faced pigeons and several other now-extinct but noteworthy indigenous animals called this land home.
07 May 2015, 06:52 AM ET
The dodo bird likely had some company on the Mauritius Island, say researchers who found writings about bad-tempered parrots and warty pigeons, among other descriptions of island life in the 16th and 17th centuries.
05 May 2015, 03:12 PM ET
Despite damage from war, looters and agricultural activity, a Roman temple and settlement high in the Lebanese mountains still hold clues about the ancient and medieval people who once lived there, a new study finds.
05 May 2015, 03:10 PM ET
A Roman temple and settlement in modern-day Lebanon that have been damaged by war, disrupted by looters and encroached on by farmers still yield information about the site's history, a new study finds.
05 May 2015, 07:05 AM ET
A lost section of "Love's Labour's Lost," a comedy written by William Shakespeare, has been rediscovered, revealing a song mocking the sexual inadequacy of one of the play's male characters.
05 May 2015, 06:25 AM ET
Several U.S. Supreme Court Justices asked for a history lesson on same-sex marriage last week, but the answers they got were far from complete, experts say.
02 May 2015, 11:29 AM ET
From Queen Elizabeth to Henry VIII, history is littered with second sons and daughters who changed the world.
01 May 2015, 04:32 PM ET
Ancient DNA is now helping identify specific origins of slave skeletons found in Caribbean.
29 April 2015, 11:56 AM ET
After an icy winter, springtime brought crystal clear waters to Lake Michigan. An aircrew with the Coast Guard spotted several shipwrecks during a routine patrol this month.
29 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
A British warplane that was shot down in 1940 during World War II and was later meticulously restored to flying condition is slated to hit the auction block this summer.
29 April 2015, 06:58 AM ET
The city's grid system has never been seen in the Maya world before and was likely designed by a very powerful ruler thousands of years ago, the researchers said.
28 April 2015, 11:21 AM ET
The British Mk.1A – P9374/G-MK1A is one of 2 original Spitfires still in flying condition (the other is the N3200). It has been restored to its original specs.
28 April 2015, 09:14 AM ET
British explorer Robert Falcon Scott died just months after capturing these images of Antarctica's frozen shores.
28 April 2015, 06:49 AM ET
Photographs taken by ill-fated explorer Robert Falcon Scott during his final trip to Antarctica are up for auction in London.
24 April 2015, 03:03 PM ET
Ancient people on Rapa Nui may have rolled giant headdresses onto the tops of giant statues on the island, new research suggests.
23 April 2015, 02:00 PM ET
Modern humans may have arrived in Western Europe at about the same time as Neanderthals went extinct there, according to fossil teeth. The findings suggest modern humans caused the demise of Neanderthals, either directly or indirectly.
21 April 2015, 07:48 AM ET
A newly translated papyrus written in Greek and dating to the second century reveals ancient Egyptians who had a late night of drinking would string together leaves from a shrub to wear around the neck.
20 April 2015, 04:10 PM ET
Every wine connoisseur knows the value of an aged wine, but few get the opportunity to sample 170-year-old champagne from the bottom of the sea.
20 April 2015, 08:03 AM ET
Neanderthals may have died off because, unlike their anatomically modern human counterparts, they didn't harness fire for cooking, new research suggests.
17 April 2015, 10:55 AM ET
Images reveal the location and state of the USS Independence, an aircraft carrier involved in WW II and in atomic bomb testing.
17 April 2015, 10:04 AM ET
An underwater robot has created a detailed sonar image of the huge aircraft carrier, revealing it is slightly tilted though upright. The ship operated in the Pacific Ocean during WW II.
16 April 2015, 11:30 AM ET
A man in England went exploring with a metal detector and made the discovery of a lifetime: an exquisitely preserved Roman-era grave filled with artifacts, including bronze jugs, coins and hobnails from a pair of shoes, all dating to about A.D. 200.
16 April 2015, 11:28 AM ET
A man with a metal detector happened upon a Roman-era grave while he was canvassing a field in a U.K. village located between London and Cambridge.
16 April 2015, 06:39 AM ET
Bronze artifacts discovered in a 1,000-year-old house at the Rising Whale site suggest trade was occurring between East Asia and the New World centuries before the voyages of Christopher Columbus.
16 April 2015, 06:37 AM ET
Archaeologists have discovered bronze and other artifacts dating back some 1,000 years and suggesting trade between East Asia and the New World before the exploits of Christopher Columbus. Check out these photos of the excavation and artifacts.
15 April 2015, 01:36 PM ET
There's more than meets the eye in artist Rembrandt van Rijn's famous 17th-century painting, "Susanna and the Elders," according to a new study.
15 April 2015, 10:48 AM ET
African Americans may have gotten the vote a century earlier, and Western cities might have looked a lot different, historians say.
13 April 2015, 07:24 AM ET
The battered remains of a medieval man uncovered at a famous cathedral hint that he may have been a Norman knight with a proclivity for jousting.