History Archive
03 July 2015, 12:19 PM ET
Americans celebrated the first July Fourth in 1777, a year after declaring independence from England. Here's a list of American traditions and famous fourths.
03 July 2015, 09:52 AM ET
Here are five odd facts about Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), including his enthusiasm for word games, microscopes and photography.
02 July 2015, 05:24 PM ET
The author of the Alice books was also a fan of clever word puzzles and logic games.
01 July 2015, 04:19 PM ET
During a routine renovation of their living room, a family recently discovered a large 2,000-year-old ritual bath underneath the floorboards of their Jerusalem home, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced today (July 1).
29 June 2015, 07:37 AM ET
A horrific spinal injury caused by a bronze arrowhead didn't immediately kill an Iron Age warrior, who survived long enough for his bone to heal around the metal point, a new study of his burial in central Kazakhstan finds.
26 June 2015, 01:20 PM ET
The vessel is known as a funnel beaker, a kind of ceramics that features a flat bottom with a funnel-shaped neck. The discovery was made ahead of the construction of an immersed tunnel to connect the German island of Fehmarn with the Danish Lolland.
26 June 2015, 06:10 AM ET
The vast reserve of coins stored in the Parthenon, one of the most famous structures from the ancient world, may have been used by Athenians to erect buildings and fund battles against their rival Sparta.
24 June 2015, 05:38 PM ET
2015 is the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll's children's fantasy book.
24 June 2015, 03:15 PM ET
Ancient supernatural practices may explain why two Grecian graves contain skeletons that are pinned down with heavy objects and rocks, almost as though people wanted to trap the bodies underground, a new article finds.
24 June 2015, 02:15 PM ET
The ancient Greeks sometimes placed heavy objects, such as rocks and ceramic vessels, on the bodies of people they feared to be revenants, or the living dead.
23 June 2015, 07:22 AM ET
An ancient shipwreck doesn't give up all its secrets at once. Greek authorities have approved a five-year extension for explorers to continue probing the remains of a 2,085-year-old shipwreck known for holding what is considered the oldest computer.
22 June 2015, 09:55 PM ET
Homo erectus was an ancient human ancestor that lived roughly between 2 million and 100,000 years ago.
22 June 2015, 11:37 AM ET
One of the earliest modern humans in Europe had a surprisingly recent Neanderthal ancestor, possibly a great-great-grandfather. The finding suggests the two species interbred in Europe and more recently than once thought.
21 June 2015, 12:54 AM ET
This Sunday (June 21) marks the summer solstice, the official start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.
18 June 2015, 01:01 PM ET
Native Americans are the closest living relatives of the Kennewick Man, an 8,500-year-old skeleton discovered in Washington State.
18 June 2015, 08:08 AM ET
The ancient Egyptian catacomb honoring Anubis, the jackal-headed god of death and funerals, once held 8 million mummified dogs, according to a new study, which was the first to thoroughly investigate the underground tomb.
18 June 2015, 08:07 AM ET
In ancient Egypt, so many people worshiped Anubis, the jackal-headed god of death, that the catacombs next to his sacred temple once held nearly 8 million mummified puppies and grown dogs, a new study finds.
17 June 2015, 02:55 PM ET
Photos from a search expedition to solve the mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance.
17 June 2015, 02:36 PM ET
The search for Amelia Earhart is on (again).
17 June 2015, 08:55 AM ET
Ebola may have struck Athens during ancient times, one researcher says.
17 June 2015, 05:45 AM ET
If the English King Richard III was the "king in a car park," King Henry I may prove to be the "king in a playground." British historians and archaeologists are turning to a church and school yard in Reading in search of the remains of Henry I.
16 June 2015, 10:40 AM ET
A 3,000-year-old ceramic jar discovered in pieces in Israel has been restored to reveal a rare inscription of the name of a ruler and biblical figure whose reign coincided with that of King David.
16 June 2015, 09:16 AM ET
A rare inscription on a ceramic jar dates back to the time of King David, in the 10th century B.C., according to archaeologists with the Israel Antiquities Authority.
15 June 2015, 05:48 AM ET
Graffiti etched into walls of the ancient city of Aphrodisias reveals life some 1,500 years ago, including gladiator combat, chariot racing and religious fighting.
15 June 2015, 05:44 AM ET
Hundreds of graffiti messages dating to 1,500 years ago reveal gladiator combat, chariot racing , religious fighting and sex. Here are photos of the ancient graffiti found engraved onto ancient city walls.
11 June 2015, 04:25 PM ET
A plaster sphinx, more than 90 years old and weathered by the elements, will make its 21st-century debut at a museum in Guadalupe, California, tomorrow (June 12).
11 June 2015, 04:25 PM ET
After spending more than 90 years in the sandy dunes of Guadalupe, California, a majestic plaster Hollywood sphinx, created for the 1923 blockbuster silent film "The Ten Commandments," is making its 21st century debut.
11 June 2015, 12:44 PM ET
Men outnumbered women 10 to 1 in the early Seventies, but today that gap has closed to two to one.
11 June 2015, 07:34 AM ET
The aqueduct that fed ancient Rome carried hundreds of gallons of water per second, enough to support a million residents, a new calculation shows.
11 June 2015, 07:27 AM ET
It's a mystery worthy of Sherlock Holmes, with a backstory that puts "Game of Thrones" to shame: Who was laid to rest in a lavish, gold-filled Macedonian tomb near Vergina, Greece? Archaeologists may never agree if it's Alexander's dad or half brother.
10 June 2015, 01:20 PM ET
A highway upgrade turned into an archaeological discovery in Israel.
10 June 2015, 09:32 AM ET
Palace plots, assassination attempts and multiple marriages would have made family reunions in these royal lineages awkward, to say the least.