History Archive
09 May 2014, 07:27 PM ET
The first atomic bombs were detonated during World War II.
08 May 2014, 12:22 PM ET
Comparing carbon atoms among mummies reveals vegetarian diets.
07 May 2014, 07:23 PM ET
The Romans named the days of the week after their gods. The Germanic people adapted the Roman system and gave us the English names of the days.
07 May 2014, 05:00 PM ET
Generations of Europeans who lived after the Black Death were healthier and lived longer than those who lived before the plague's first outbreak, new research shows. The plague may have wiped out the weak and frail, leaving a stronger population behind.
06 May 2014, 02:24 PM ET
World War I, which lasted from July 1914 to November 1918, introduced many scientific and technological advances, leading some observers to refer to it as "the first modern war."
05 May 2014, 05:35 PM ET
More than 60 pounds (27 kilograms) of gold were recovered from a famous shipwreck off the coast of South Carolina. An ocean exploration company is planning to retrieve the rest of the shipwreck's treasure.
05 May 2014, 05:02 PM ET
In 1857, a steamship loaded with 30,000 pounds of gold sunk off the coast of South Carolina. An ocean exploration company is planning to recover the sunken treasure.
05 May 2014, 03:00 PM ET
Older than the famous Nazca lines, geoglyphs in Peru's Chinca Valley mark the way to large mounds that were likely the site of fairs and festivals. The sites would have attracted people from the coast as well as the Andean highlands.
05 May 2014, 03:00 PM ET
Rock lines that predate the famous Nazca Lines by hundreds of years probably marked the way to fair sites that brought together people from coastal Peru and the high Andes, new research suggests. Many of the lines mark the winter solstice.
02 May 2014, 06:38 PM ET
The "Gospel of Jesus's Wife," a papyrus written in Coptic and containing text that refers to Jesus being married, is looking more and more like it is not authentic, research is revealing.
02 May 2014, 05:42 PM ET
A new documentary about the "Gospel of Jesus's Wife" delves deep into the story behind this tiny scrap of papyrus. Viewers may come away more confident in the fragment's authenticity than some researchers would prefer, however.
02 May 2014, 03:45 PM ET
King Tutankhamun's tomb in Egypt went undisturbed for 3,000 years. But the ancient crypt has been ravaged by tourism. To prevent further damage and deterioration, Egyptian officials have unveiled a life-size replica of the tomb for visitors to explore.
02 May 2014, 03:15 PM ET
Pot reform has been on the lips of politicians here lately. But the current conversations about cannabis are hardly new. Prominent New York politicians have been challenging pot prohibition for nearly 70 years.
02 May 2014, 12:30 PM ET
An extremely rare 158-year-old postage stamp — one that has been described as the Holy Grail for stamp collectors — will be auctioned off this summer in New York City. The famous postal artifact could fetch as much as $20 million, according to Sotheby's.
02 May 2014, 11:58 AM ET
Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa painting may be part of the oldest 3D artwork, say two visual scientists, who looked at the original version and one painted possibly alongside it, called the Prado version.
01 May 2014, 10:44 PM ET
The Egyptians started dividing the day into 24 units, a practice that continues to influence how we tell time.
01 May 2014, 02:30 PM ET
The ancient Egyptians who built the pyramids may have been able to move massive stone blocks across the desert by wetting the sand in front of a contraption built to pull the heavy objects, according to a new study.
01 May 2014, 10:45 AM ET
The story of a circus train accident has become the stuff of legend in the Pennsylvania town of Tyrone, but some researchers are hunting for more tangible traces of that pileup in the form of a mass grave.
01 May 2014, 08:03 AM ET
Found in the burial grounds of Egyptian royalty, the artifacts may have been buried as a ritual act before the construction of a yet undiscovered tomb, possibly that of pharaoh Amenhotep IV.
30 April 2014, 11:15 PM ET
A fantastic coincidence, coupled with research, led to my discovery of a wartime camp in the Jordan desert that was occupied in 1918.
30 April 2014, 03:37 PM ET
On May 30, 1893, around 5:30 a.m., the Walter L. Main circus train carrying dozens of animals and performers ran off the tracks in an epic crash in central Pennsylvania. Researchers are hunting for the makeshift graveyard.
28 April 2014, 03:03 PM ET
An elaborate array of linear stone lanes and V-shaped structures has been discovered on an underwater ridge in Lake Huron, marking what is thought to be the most complex set of ancient hunting structures ever found beneath the Great Lakes.
28 April 2014, 03:00 PM ET
A Neolithic people in what is now Turkey switched from hunting to farming and herding within a few centuries, according to an archaeological investigation of layers of settlement built on top of one another.
28 April 2014, 03:00 PM ET
An elaborate array of linear stone lanes and V-shaped structures has been discovered on an underwater ridge in Lake Huron, marking what is thought to be the most complex set of ancient hunting structures ever found beneath the Great Lakes.
28 April 2014, 01:52 PM ET
Archaeologists have discovered the final resting place of at least 50 royal Egyptians — including princes, princesses and infants — during recent excavations at the Valley of the Kings.
28 April 2014, 11:25 AM ET
In Colorado's Mesa Verde National Park, a large 1,000-year-old structure long thought to be an Ancestral Puebloan water reservoir may not have been built to store water after all, a new study suggests.
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.