History Archive
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.
25 November 2014, 03:55 PM ET
Metalworkers ate pistachios, grapes and imported fish at an Iron Age mining camp in the middle of a desert in modern-day Israel, archaeologists say.
25 November 2014, 03:06 PM ET
You may never actually win a Nobel Prize, but that doesn't mean you can't take one these prestigious awards home with you.
25 November 2014, 10:06 AM ET
A relief of a mysterious, unknown god has been unearthed at an ancient Roman temple in southeastern Turkey.
25 November 2014, 10:05 AM ET
A relief of a mysterious, unknown god has been unearthed at an ancient Roman temple in southeastern Turkey.
24 November 2014, 07:40 AM ET
A cemetery dating back roughly 1,700 years has been discovered along part of the Silk Road, a series of ancient trade routes that once connected China to the Roman Empire.
24 November 2014, 07:38 AM ET
A 1,700-year-old cemetery was discovered in the Chinese city of Kucha, which once formed part of the Silk Road trade routes that connected China to the Roman Empire.
21 November 2014, 03:56 PM ET
A letter penned by Albert Einstein during World War II was recently auctioned off in Los Angeles.
20 November 2014, 12:26 PM ET
In 1939, renowned physicist Albert Einstein penned a letter to a businessman in New York, acknowledging the man's efforts to help Jewish refugees at the start of World War II. Now, 75 years later, that document is up for auction in Los Angeles.
20 November 2014, 07:37 AM ET
Researchers have deciphered an ancient Egyptian handbook, revealing a series of invocations and spells.
17 November 2014, 05:24 PM ET
A major pathway of the human brain involved in visual perception, attention and movement, and overlooked by many researchers for more than a century, is finally getting its moment in the sun.
13 November 2014, 07:10 AM ET
When a pair of fishermen waded into the frigid waters of the southern Baltic Sea about 5,000 years ago, they probably didn't realize that the shifting seabed beneath their feet was recording their every move.
13 November 2014, 07:08 AM ET
Stone Age fishermen got stuck in the mud on the southern shore of Denmark's Lolland Island 5,000 years ago. Their footprints have been there ever since.
12 November 2014, 12:10 PM ET
Skeletal remains have finally been discovered inside a lavish burial complex in Greece that is thought to be the largest of its kind in the Greek world and dates back to the era of Alexander the Great.
11 November 2014, 05:07 PM ET
"Project Recover" uses underwater robots to scour the ocean in search of lost World War II veterans.
11 November 2014, 04:41 PM ET
Project Recover using autonomous robots to map areas where World War II planes likely crashed in the Pacific Ocean.
11 November 2014, 04:04 PM ET
Ernest Rutherford is best-known for splitting the atom, but that's not his only claim to fame. The British physicist also helped pave the way for sonar technology.
11 November 2014, 06:59 AM ET
A tomb dating to 1,000 years ago has been found near a modern railway station in China. The tomb is decorated with stars, vivid murals, and poetry. But what happened to the tomb's occupant?
11 November 2014, 06:57 AM ET
A 1,000-year-old tomb covered with murals has been discovered in Datong City, in northern China, archaeologists say.
10 November 2014, 05:10 PM ET
The fragile skeletons of two infants, discovered beneath the cremated remains of a 3-year-old child, may help researchers understand death rituals practiced during the last ice age in North America, a new study finds.
10 November 2014, 03:13 PM ET
Divers have recovered a bronze bell from the wreck of the HMS Erebus, a British ship that was missing for nearly 170 years after an ill-fated expedition to the Canadian Arctic.
10 November 2014, 03:11 PM ET
Underwater archaeologists were the first people in nearly 170 years to lay eyes on HMS Erebus, a British ship that sank during an ill-fated exploration of the Canadian Arctic.
10 November 2014, 11:42 AM ET
During a survey of an Irish castle, archaeologist Antoine Giacometti stuck his hand into a wet washing pit beneath the floor. He didn't expect to find anything in the pit, much less a golden piece of jewelry dating back to the late 1600s.
10 November 2014, 11:40 AM ET
During an excavation of Rathfarnham Castle, a national monument in South Dublin, archaeologists found a horde of 17th century artifacts hidden in a washing pit.
10 November 2014, 06:57 AM ET
Scrawled in Medieval Latin on yellowing parchment, an original copy of the Magna Carta is now on view at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.