History Archive
15 August 2014, 07:45 AM ET
The stoneware bottle, officially bottle for Selters water, contained what may be gin or vodka and was found within a shipwreck at the bottom of a Gulf in the Baltic Sea. Apparently, the booze is drinkable, though doesn't smell good.
14 August 2014, 05:31 PM ET
A shipwreck in the Baltic Sea has revealed artifacts as well as a Selters bottle that shows traces of alcohol, most likely a gin or vodka, say researchers.
13 August 2014, 04:08 PM ET
Armchair historians with a knack for reading scratchy handwriting can now help the Smithsonian Institution with a huge effort to preserve thousands of historical letters and journals online.
13 August 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Archaeologists have found evidence that Egyptians mummified their dead 1,500 years earlier than previously believed.
13 August 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Egyptians may have started making mummies more than 6,000 years ago, about 1,500 years earlier than researchers previously believed the practice began.
12 August 2014, 08:14 AM ET
Villagers discovered the cemetery while digging a ditch near the Nile River in Sudan. Archaeologists have found a box decorated with large eyes believed to protect against the "evil eye," a silver ring and a tomb with bones of a man wearing a thumb ring.
12 August 2014, 08:07 AM ET
The cemetery yielded beautiful treasures, including an "evil eye" box, a silver ring and other goods for the afterlife. The cemetery, with several underground tombs, was discovered while workers were digging a ditch near modern-day Dangeil in Sudan.
11 August 2014, 03:25 PM ET
Nine British universities and research institutions are sending their collections of important texts from the history of medicine and science to the London-based Wellcome Library so that the pages can be made freely available online.
11 August 2014, 02:43 PM ET
In July 2014, the Wellcome Library announced that it would digitize more than 15 million pages of medical books and pamphlets published between 1800 and 1900 to help build up the U.K. Medical Heritage Library.
11 August 2014, 12:18 PM ET
A mastodon skull and an ancient knife found deep below the water in the Chesapeake Bay could hint that Europeans first colonized the Americas, though the evidence is controversial.
11 August 2014, 11:53 AM ET
A mastodon skull and an ancient knife found deep below the water in the Chesapeake Bay could hint that Europeans first colonized the Americas, though the evidence is controversial.
11 August 2014, 07:35 AM ET
The rulers of ancient Egypt lived in glorious opulence, decorating themselves with gold and perfumes and taking their treasures to the grave. New research reveals how such a despotic system could arise from egalitarian hunter-gatherer societies.
08 August 2014, 10:29 AM ET
After much controversy, the remains of King Richard III will be laid to rest on Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Leicester Cathedral during one of three services to honor the English king, the University of Leicester announced.
07 August 2014, 01:42 AM ET
Swordplay in film and literature today is rooted in technique from a time when swords were commonplace.
07 August 2014, 01:17 AM ET
Swashbuckling aside, there is a science to crafting accurate swordfights for cinema, stage and print.
06 August 2014, 07:50 AM ET
The human remains inside a wooden museum box were originally discovered in 1929 at the Ur site in Iraq. Scientists have dubbed the skeleton "Noah," as the perhaps 50-year-old man likely lived after a massive flood occurred at the site.
06 August 2014, 07:41 AM ET
A 6,500-year-old skeleton rediscovered in the basement of the Penn Museum in Philadelphia was originally unearthed in 1929-1930 by a team of scientists led by Sir Leonard Woolley at the site of Ur in what is now southern Iraq.
05 August 2014, 10:29 AM ET
Rare bronze coins were likely hidden in the village during the Great Revolt, an uprising against the Romans, who ultimately took back Jerusalem and destroyed the Second Temple. The discovery was made during construction for the new Highway 1.
05 August 2014, 08:02 AM ET
A Stone Age burial in Norway contains a skull fragment and what may be a bit of preserved brain tissue, new research suggests.
04 August 2014, 03:53 PM ET
An ancient native American settlement saw an ultraviolent period in the mid-1100s, where nine out of 10 people experienced violence, skeletal remains suggest.
04 August 2014, 08:51 AM ET
The mausoleum had been plundered, but inside archaeologists found more than 10,000 artifacts, including treasures made of gold, silver, bronze, jade and lacquer. They also found several life-size chariots and dozens of smaller chariots.
04 August 2014, 08:36 AM ET
Archaeologists have discovered a 2,100-year-old mausoleum in China containing the tomb of ruler Liu Fei along with several treasures and chariot-and-horse pits.
01 August 2014, 07:40 AM ET
New York, Paris and Rome attract famous people, while Boston and Edinburgh produce them, according to a new study that maps more than 2,000 years of notable people's movements.
31 July 2014, 08:16 AM ET
The 2,000-year-old skeletons found in a Danish bog were subject to mutilation and mysterious rituals months after death, including four pelvises that were strung on a stick like beads, archaeologists find.
31 July 2014, 08:11 AM ET
The skeletons of Iron Age warriors found in a bog in Denmark seem to have been collected and ritually mutilated months after months on the battlefield some 2,000 years ago. Archaeologists also found four pelvises strung on a stick in the bog.
30 July 2014, 06:30 PM ET
Ötzi the Iceman, a Neolithic man preserved in the ice of the Austrian Alps, had a genetic predisposition to heart disease, new research suggests.
30 July 2014, 01:03 AM ET
The British public voted for the £10m Longitude Prize to go towards funding scientific research to solve the urgent global problem of rising resistance to antibiotics.
28 July 2014, 01:25 PM ET
The public can now visit the first, but not final, resting place of King Richard III of England. The king's bones were found in 2012 in a parking lot in Leicester, England.
28 July 2014, 11:54 AM ET
Tree rings in the waterlogged ribs of a sunken ship found at the World Trade Center site revealed that the vessel was likely built in 1773, or soon after, in a small shipyard around Philadelphia.
28 July 2014, 08:40 AM ET
In 2010, excavators discovered a wooden ship buried under the site of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. A new tree ring study reveals that the vessel was likely built in 1773, or soon after, in a small shipyard around Philadelphia.
24 July 2014, 05:16 PM ET
On a September day in 1974, Capt. Harold "Buck" Adams set the world speed record in the U.S. military's SR-71 Blackbird aircraft. At the controls of the twin-engine supersonic plane, Adams flew from London to Los Angeles in a blistering 3 hours, 47 minute
24 July 2014, 12:59 PM ET
A Paleolithic child who died 100,000 years ago likely suffered brain damage, but lived several years after his or her injury.