History Archive
28 April 2014, 09:39 AM ET
Mummy Lake, a sandstone-lined circular pit in Colorado's Mesa Verde National park was built some 1,000 years ago and rather than being used as a water reservoir by the Ancient Puebloan people, it was likely used for ritual purposes.
25 April 2014, 02:34 PM ET
Archaeologists excavated a site at New York's City Hall in 2010, unearthing dozens of artifacts, some of them more than 200 years old. The objects are now destined for a new archaeological repository set up by the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission.
25 April 2014, 02:19 PM ET
Thousands of artifacts unearthed in New York City, ranging from a Revolutionary War-era bayonet to a 19th century douche, are finally getting a home. City officials announced they are creating a repository for New York's vast archaeological collection.
24 April 2014, 04:02 PM ET
The 2,000-year-old stonemason's chisel may have been used in the construction of the holy site for both Muslims and Jews.
24 April 2014, 12:45 PM ET
New genetic evidence casts further doubt on the authenticity of a grisly French relic: a gourd long believed to be stained with the blood of Louis XVI.
24 April 2014, 12:11 PM ET
The mysterious abandonment of Cahokia, one of North America's greatest cities, may be linked to a massive Mississippi River flood 1,800 years ago.
23 April 2014, 04:30 PM ET
Watch live as a remotely operated vehicle explores debris and artifacts from one of the three mysterious shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico.
23 April 2014, 01:48 PM ET
A ship that sunk near San Francisco's Golden Gate in 1888 has been rediscovered by NOAA. The City of Chester sits upright in more than 200 feet of water.
22 April 2014, 12:10 PM ET
An investigation by Live Science throws into question the origin of the fourth-century papyrus thought to reveal Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married.
22 April 2014, 11:13 AM ET
In an episode of Yale University's 'Science Xplained', Dr Ainissa Ramirez explains how the frigid waters changed the properties of the boat's rivets, leading to disaster on the Atlantic Ocean in 1912.
21 April 2014, 03:37 PM ET
Modern humans first arose between 100,000 to 200,000 years ago in Africa. When and how the modern human lineage then dispersed out of Africa has long been controversial. Now researchers say there were multiple dispersals earlier than long thought.
21 April 2014, 03:14 PM ET
Neanderthals were remarkably less genetically diverse than modern humans, with Neanderthal populations typically smaller and more isolated, researchers say.
21 April 2014, 12:55 PM ET
An 18th-century painting that was stolen from a church in Poland two decades ago was recovered after it turned up for sale on eBay, federal authorities say.
21 April 2014, 10:00 AM ET
Scientists have pinpointed the region where ancient farmers first cultivated Capsicum annuum, the most common kind of chili pepper.
18 April 2014, 04:29 PM ET
As Christians worldwide gather for Easter to celebrate their belief in the death and rebirth of Jesus, researchers continue to delve into the mysteries that surround the man.
17 April 2014, 02:05 PM ET
Archaeologists discovered animal-printed tile fragments in Blackfriars, Leicester, during excavations in 2014. The artifacts date back to the early Roman era.
17 April 2014, 01:34 PM ET
The paw prints and hoof prints of a few curious animals have been preserved for posterity on ancient Roman tiles recently discovered by archaeologists in England.
16 April 2014, 10:02 AM ET
Researchers have deciphered the earliest known contract to fix a wrestling match between two teenagers who had reached the final bout of a prestigious series of games in Egypt, dating to A.D. 267.
15 April 2014, 09:58 AM ET
People of numerous pre-Columbian civilizations in northern Chile, including the Incas and the Chinchorro culture, suffered from chronic arsenic poisoning due to their consumption of contaminated water, new research suggests.
15 April 2014, 09:42 AM ET
People of numerous pre-Columbian civilizations in northern Chile, including the Incas and the Chinchorro culture, suffered from chronic arsenic poisoning due to their consumption of contaminated water, new research suggests.
15 April 2014, 01:03 AM ET
Anthropology is the study of humans, early hominids and primates. Anthropologists study human language, culture and societies.
10 April 2014, 09:46 PM ET
The bicycle has a complicated past fraught with controversy and misinformation.
10 April 2014, 05:28 PM ET
U.K. researchers have sunk a long-standing explanation for the loss of the Titanic — that the fateful journey took place in waters bristling with icebergs, making 1912 an unlucky year to sail the North Atlantic.
10 April 2014, 03:26 PM ET
The papyrus document known as "the Gospel of Jesus's Wife" was unveiled in 2012 and instantly set off a debate over its authenticity. Perhaps its most controversial elements are lines that suggest Jesus had a wife.
09 April 2014, 04:57 PM ET
A rare sculpted-clay coffin is found in Israel's Jezreel Valley, along with a gold scarab ring and bronze grave goods.
09 April 2014, 04:43 PM ET
A gold ring bearing the name of a pharaoh, a bronze dagger and other treasures are among the artifacts found in a Late Bronze Age grave in the Jezreel Valley.
09 April 2014, 08:35 AM ET
Unsatisfied with mining turquoise from local deposits, ancestral Pueblo people in New Mexico used long-distance trade networks to obtain their precious mineral.
08 April 2014, 05:29 PM ET
Human bones can serve as a historical record of their owners' lifestyles. Ancient human skeletons from Central Europe reveal how humans shifted from rugged nomads to plow-pushers.
08 April 2014, 10:52 AM ET
Thermal images captured by a small drone allowed archaeologists to peer under the surface of the New Mexican desert floor, revealing never-before-seen structures in an ancient Native American settlement.
08 April 2014, 10:08 AM ET
About a millennium ago, the ancestral Pueblo Indians in the Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico obtained their precious turquoise using a large trade network spanning several states, new research reveals.
07 April 2014, 06:35 PM ET
The Celts were an ancient people who spread across continental Europe, and only recently became associated with the British Isles.
06 April 2014, 05:12 PM ET
The mummified women, who lived 1,700 years ago, has a plaque on her abdomen that may have been intended to ritually heal her, say a team of researchers who examined the female body with CT scans.