History Archive
09 April 2014, 08:35 AM ET
Unsatisfied with mining turquoise from local deposits, ancestral Pueblo people in New Mexico used long-distance trade networks to obtain their precious mineral.
08 April 2014, 05:29 PM ET
Human bones can serve as a historical record of their owners' lifestyles. Ancient human skeletons from Central Europe reveal how humans shifted from rugged nomads to plow-pushers.
08 April 2014, 10:52 AM ET
Thermal images captured by a small drone allowed archaeologists to peer under the surface of the New Mexican desert floor, revealing never-before-seen structures in an ancient Native American settlement.
08 April 2014, 10:08 AM ET
About a millennium ago, the ancestral Pueblo Indians in the Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico obtained their precious turquoise using a large trade network spanning several states, new research reveals.
07 April 2014, 06:35 PM ET
The Celts were an ancient people who spread across continental Europe, and only recently became associated with the British Isles.
06 April 2014, 05:12 PM ET
The mummified women, who lived 1,700 years ago, has a plaque on her abdomen that may have been intended to ritually heal her, say a team of researchers who examined the female body with CT scans.
06 April 2014, 05:10 PM ET
A 1,700-year-old mummy discovered in ancient Egypt has a brain, no heart and plaques over her sternum and abdomen, say researchers.
04 April 2014, 02:55 PM ET
A team of law-enforcement officials including FBI agents has swooped down on a rural home in Indiana that houses a bizarre collection of artifacts from around the world.
04 April 2014, 02:37 AM ET
NATO is an alliance of nations that have pledged to respond collectively to an attack against any other member.
03 April 2014, 01:19 PM ET
The world of HBO's "Game of Thrones" and the novels the show is based on is inspired by medieval Europe. Historians say that author George R. R. Martin's gritty realism gets some things right, and exaggerates others.
03 April 2014, 12:46 PM ET
"Game of Thrones" draws inspiration from the Middle Ages, particularly the English Wars of the Roses. Here are a few real-life leaders who parallel the characters fighting for control of Westeros.
03 April 2014, 12:28 PM ET
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark, Shakespeare wrote. Archaeologists working at a Danish site might agree, after discovering barrels from a latrine that dates back to the 14th century. And yes, poop still stinks, even after 700 years.
01 April 2014, 02:21 PM ET
The current geopolitical chess match in Crimea and Ukraine shines a bright light on NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) and its historical role as a counterweight to Russian aggression.
01 April 2014, 12:46 PM ET
The remains of a 1,500-year-old monastery with intact mosaics covering the floor have been revealed in archaeological excavations in southern Israel, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced Tuesday.
01 April 2014, 08:28 AM ET
Asbestos has had a long history of use, and research now shows it was first integrated into plaster coatings in the 12th century to provide a smooth layer for monastery wall paintings.
01 April 2014, 08:05 AM ET
Hundreds of years before asbestos became ubiquitous in the construction industry, Byzantine monks used the fibrous material in plaster coatings underlying their wall paintings during the late 1100s, new research shows.
01 April 2014, 03:09 AM ET
The Romani ethnic group, often called Gypsies, have unique customs, spiritual beliefs and cultural traditions.
31 March 2014, 03:00 PM ET
Microbes may have caused Earth's biggest extinction by producing huge amounts of atmosphere-choking methane, new research suggests.
31 March 2014, 12:02 PM ET
Eleven ancient stone chests filled with bones were confiscated by Israeli authorities during a smuggling bust. Several suspects were arrested as they tried to close a deal to sell the ossuaries to Jewish merchants at a checkpoint north of Jerusalem.
31 March 2014, 09:38 AM ET
In a sting operation, Israeli authorities busted suspects who were attempting to illegally sell 11 ancient ossuaries on March 28, 2014. The stone coffins used to hold skeletal remains in ancient times.
30 March 2014, 01:37 PM ET
Archaeologists have discovered a tomb in Egypt that would have had a pyramid at its entrance and held the sarcophagus of a scribe named Horemheb.
30 March 2014, 01:27 PM ET
The tomb, built for a scribe named Horemheb, contained the bones of more women than men, begging the question of whether Horemheb and his father or brother Ramesu had multiple wives at the same time.
29 March 2014, 01:33 AM ET
Jane Goodall is a primatologist most known for her long-term study of wild chimpanzees in Tanzania.
29 March 2014, 12:56 AM ET
From uncovering the graceful dances of fiddler crabs to innovating for the study of fish anatomy, women trailblazers helped guide conservation research in the last century.
28 March 2014, 02:51 AM ET
Archaeology is fundamentally the study of humanity and its past.
27 March 2014, 06:49 PM ET
The first-ever archaeological excavation of the Nazi death camp Treblinka has uncovered the brick walls of a gas chamber and three previously unknown mass graves, revealing the brutality of this concentration camp.
27 March 2014, 02:19 AM ET
Attila was king of the Huns, and a relentless warrior who attacked both the Western and Eastern Roman Empires.
26 March 2014, 04:47 PM ET
A Christian tattoo has been discovered high on the inner thigh of a mummified Sudanese woman. New images released by the British Museum show the ancient ink, which dates back to 1,300 years ago.
26 March 2014, 03:01 PM ET
High-tech scans revealed a Christian tattoo on the upper thigh of a mummified Sudanese woman who lived 1,300 years ago along the banks of the Nile.
26 March 2014, 02:34 AM ET
Italian culture, steeped in the arts, architecture, music and food, has flourished for centuries. Here is a brief overview of Italian customs and traditions.
26 March 2014, 02:27 AM ET