History Archive
16 December 2013, 03:00 PM ET
Early human cousins, the Neanderthals, may have intentionally buried their dead, a new excavation suggests. Neanderthals might have had the mental capacity to conduct symbolic behaviors, such as creating graves.
10 December 2013, 09:37 PM ET
Ouija boards are supposedly used to communicate with the dead. But do they really work?
10 December 2013, 04:29 PM ET
Diatoms, a type of algae, are an excellent way to measure climate change because of how they respond to the climate and how lake ecosystems might be affected by those changes.
10 December 2013, 09:12 AM ET
The 8,000 life-sized warriors buried alongside the first emperor of China may have resulted from contact between Greece and China, suggests translated ancient records that tell a fantastic tale of 12 giant statues appearing in the far west.
10 December 2013, 07:39 AM ET
About 8,000 Terracotta Warriors, which are life-size statues of infantryman, cavalry, archers, charioteers and generals, were buried in three pits less than a mile to the northeast of the mausoleum of Qin Shi Huangdi, the first emperor.
08 December 2013, 11:38 AM ET
The private estate belonged to a wealthy family who also had an ornamental fountain made of mosaic in their garden. This is the first time that a fountain has been discovered outside the known, more affluent quarters of Old Ramla.
06 December 2013, 07:34 AM ET
Powerful leaders have the ability to shape history, and a select few have the distinction of truly changing the world. Here are five influential leaders who transformed the world.
05 December 2013, 05:19 PM ET
Nelson Mandela will be remembered as a beloved leader, moral authority and extraordinary human being. His passing at the age of 95, announced today (Dec. 5) brings both sadness and admiration for his singular achievements in the struggle for racial equali
05 December 2013, 05:03 PM ET
Nelson Mandela, the South African leader who led the struggle against segregation and apartheid, has died today (Dec. 5) at age 95, South Africa's president Jacob Zuma said.
04 December 2013, 07:38 PM ET
A wall reportedly collapsed in the ruins of Pompeii this week, just the latest incident in a series of preservation woes for the ancient city.
04 December 2013, 02:06 PM ET
A World War II-era Japanese submarine that had been captured and intentionally sunk by U.S. forces was discovered earlier this year in its watery tomb. The massive submarine, lost underwater since 1946, was found off the coast of Oahu.
04 December 2013, 01:01 PM ET
The sequencing of 400,000-year-old human genetic material is a "breakthrough," says the study's lead author. The DNA, which may belong to an as-yet-unknown hominid, also sheds light on a close relatives of Neanderthals called the Denisovans.
04 December 2013, 01:00 PM ET
The thighbone of this hominid has revealed the oldest known human DNA yet. The results suggest human evolution was even more confusing than before thought, researchers say.
04 December 2013, 12:59 PM ET
New research suggests that some Neanderthals kept a tidy home. Scientists say they found a strategically placed hearth and separate spaces for butchering and tool making during excavations at a cave in Italy where a group of our closest relatives.
04 December 2013, 09:43 AM ET
The hidden bonanza in Egypt may include several small tombs, with the possibility of a big-time tomb holding a royal individual, say archaeologists who have examined the site with ground-penetrating radar and excavations.
03 December 2013, 10:37 PM ET
It is a ratio that defines a recurring relationship between a larger element and a smaller subset of that element.
03 December 2013, 10:00 AM ET
Archaeologists have discovered the first ruins of a building from the Hasmonean period in Jerusalem, filling a gap in the ancient city's history, the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced.
02 December 2013, 11:20 AM ET
New, complete genome sequences from Neanderthals and ancient human relatives called Denisovans suggest that these groups and modern humans interbred with a fourth, unknown, early hominid relative.
27 November 2013, 10:00 AM ET
The fate of a 17th century vessel that disappeared in the Great Lakes continues to cause controversy.
26 November 2013, 05:46 PM ET
The skull is unique and reveals some unusual things.
25 November 2013, 03:23 PM ET
Do you know how many turkeys, cranberries and sweet potatoes go into Thanksgiving?
25 November 2013, 02:36 PM ET
Thanksgiving was officially established as a national holiday in 1863, 150 years ago. The holiday is associated with Pilgrims in the 1600s but was only sporadically celebrated until an influential writer lobbied to make it a yearly national event.
25 November 2013, 01:18 PM ET
Archaeologists opened up several trenches in Eshtaol along Israel's Highway 38, which is being expanded. The team uncovered artifacts spanning thousands of years of ancient history, including the remains of house from the eight millennium B.C.
25 November 2013, 12:32 PM ET
Ever wondered why pumpkins, cranberries and sweet potatoes fill the tables of Americans across the country on Thanksgiving? The history of the menu is one of myth, commercialization and pragmatism.
25 November 2013, 12:00 PM ET
An ancient timber structure that may have once enclosed a tree that the Buddha's mother clung to during his birth ha been discovered in Nepal. The structure dates to the 6th century B.C.
25 November 2013, 11:54 AM ET
Menus and recipes from the earliest days of Thanksgiving include a variety of foods that rarely appear on the holiday table today.
25 November 2013, 11:47 AM ET
Archaeologists say they've uncovered some stunning finds while digging at a construction site in Israel, including stone axes, a "cultic" temple and the traces of a 10,000-year-old house.
25 November 2013, 10:13 AM ET
During 1940-2004, the number of newly emerging infectious diseases has risen significantly over time after controlling for progress in diagnosis and surveillance. The peak is in the 1980s, concomitant with the HIV pandemic.
22 November 2013, 03:52 PM ET
In ruins today, Hadrian's Villa can only hint at its 2nd century glory. But a new digital archaeology project promises to deliver computer users to the Roman emperor's opulent compound as it might have been nearly 2,000 years ago.
22 November 2013, 02:22 PM ET
In 1950, an American Marine serving during the Korean War picked up nine seals in a ditch near Seoul's ransacked Deoksugung Palace. The lieutenant brought those artifacts home with him. More than 60 years later, the objects are returning to South Korea.
22 November 2013, 02:22 PM ET
The Digital Hadrian's Villa Project brings to life all 250 acres of the Roman emperor Hadrian's sprawling estate in Tivoli, Italy, through gaming software and 3D reconstructions.
22 November 2013, 01:09 PM ET
Nov. 22, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, which may have been prevented had morning rain continued.