History Archive
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.
16 December 2014, 07:43 AM ET
The remains of a child, laid to rest more than 1,500 years ago when the Roman Empire controlled Egypt, was found in an ancient cemetery that contains more than 1 million mummies.
16 December 2014, 07:41 AM ET
An ancient Egyptian cemetery that contains more than 1 million mummies was unearthed by a team of archaeologists from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
16 December 2014, 06:55 AM ET
A team of archaeologists uncovered the layout of a medieval city in southern England using high-tech survey equipment.
15 December 2014, 02:47 PM ET
If they timed their escape just right, three prisoners who slipped out of Alcatraz on a raft made from raincoats in 1962 would have had a chance of survival, new research shows.
11 December 2014, 04:50 PM ET
In dark waters just outside the Golden Gate Bridge, underwater archaeologists pinpointed the final resting place of the worst shipwreck in San Francisco's history.
11 December 2014, 12:35 PM ET
An archaeological dig in Iceland shows that Vikings used to host elaborate feasts with beef and beer to improve their political standing.
10 December 2014, 12:43 AM ET
The most widely accepted theory is that syphilis was brought to Europe from the New World following Columbus’s voyage in 1492. But ideas about the origin of the infection still cause controversy.
09 December 2014, 09:42 AM ET
An ancient Egyptian coffin with strange and amateurish decorations has been revealed, shedding light on a tumultuous period in Egyptian history when the Persian Empire was in control of the region.
09 December 2014, 09:22 AM ET
A 2,400-year-old Egyptian coffin with strange decorations offers insights into a tumultuous period of Egyptian history, under the rule of the Persian Empire.
08 December 2014, 02:39 PM ET
A gang of robbers accused of trying to steal the Dead Sea Scrolls from a cave in the Judean Desert was indicted Sunday (Dec. 7) in Israel.
08 December 2014, 11:38 AM ET
A husband-and-wife tomb dating to the Ming Dynasty contains extraordinarily well-preserved clothing, decorated with elaborate designs, archaeologists reported.
08 December 2014, 06:58 AM ET
A husband-and-wife tomb dating to the Ming Dynasty has been discovered in China. The tomb contains extraordinarily well-preserved clothing decorated with elaborate designs.
07 December 2014, 07:01 PM ET
Viking women were on board when the ancient Norse sailors colonized new lands, genetic evidence suggests.
06 December 2014, 12:40 AM ET
The study of anatomy goes all the way back to such luminaries as Galen, da Vinci and Vesalius, but the nature of anatomical research has completely changed since those days.
05 December 2014, 06:00 PM ET
The wreck of a World War II-era cable ship was recently discovered in the waters off Hawaii.
05 December 2014, 02:00 PM ET
The secret ingredients used in the finishes of 18th century mandolins included algae and lava from Mount Vesuvius.
05 December 2014, 12:07 PM ET
James Watson has a new claim to fame: His Nobel Prize medal just sold for a record-breaking $4.76 million.
04 December 2014, 02:07 PM ET
The idea of inanimate objects coming to life as intelligent beings has been around for a long time. The ancient Greeks had myths about robots, and Chinese and Egyptian engineers built automatons.
04 December 2014, 06:55 AM ET
An ancient Roman pond, surrounded by bits of Roman pottery, garbage pits and even a bronze fingernail cleaner, was unearthed in Barnham, a village in southern England. The discovery provides evidence that Romans once occupied the region.
03 December 2014, 02:20 PM ET
A second look at a century-old shell collection uncovered remarkable engravings made on a freshwater shellfish shell in Java, Indonesia.
03 December 2014, 02:02 PM ET
The ancient, big-bodied relatives of modern-day humans not only ate freshwater shellfish, but engraved their shells and used them as tools, a new study finds.
02 December 2014, 11:00 AM ET
Battle-scarred bones found under an English parking lot two years ago really do belong to the medieval King Richard III, according to a new analysis of genetic and genealogical evidence.
02 December 2014, 06:47 AM ET
A beautifully engraved plaque taken from the grave of Oliver Cromwell, a major figure in 17th-century England, is up for sale. The plaque was disinterred during the ritual posthumous 'execution' of Cromwell in 1661.
01 December 2014, 06:58 AM ET
If your family was elite in 1170, you're probably still well-off today, according to a new study of English surnames and family status over centuries.
01 December 2014, 06:55 AM ET
The early 20th century Crocker Land Expedition to northwest Greenland may have failed when crewmembers discovered Crocker Land had been a mirage, but the explorers still managed to collect thousands of scientific specimens that benefit science today.
01 December 2014, 06:52 AM ET
Specimens collected during the early 20th century Crocker Land Expedition to northwest Greenland still benefit science today.