History Archive
20 February 2014, 03:22 PM ET
The silver treasure dates back 3,200 years before minted coins were invented and was found in the ancient biblical city of Abel Beth Maacah, a city mentioned in the Hebrew Bible.
20 February 2014, 03:17 PM ET
The Voynich manuscript has eluded interpretation for a century. It was written in Central Europe in the 15th century and rediscovered by antique book dealer in 1912. Despite intense scrutiny, no one has been able to read the mysterious script.
20 February 2014, 02:36 PM ET
A researcher claims he's decoded 10 possible words in the famously unreadable Voynich manuscript, which has eluded interpretation for a century.
20 February 2014, 11:44 AM ET
Archaeologists excavating the city of Abel Beth Maacah in northern Israel have discovered a silver treasure in a jug, dating back 3,200 years, long before minted currency was invented.
20 February 2014, 10:40 AM ET
The new "Pompeii" movie provides a 3D, front-row seat to one of the worst catastrophes in history: the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79, which entombed the city and its residents in volcanic ash.
20 February 2014, 09:49 AM ET
This wallpaper shows the well-preserved cliff dwellings of Tonto National Monument in Arizona. Situated within rugged terrain in the northeastern part of the Sonoran Desert, the dwellings were occupied during the 13th, 14th, and early 15th centuries.
20 February 2014, 12:26 AM ET
Some people in Taos, New Mexico, say they hear an unusual droning sound, or buzzing, or as it has come to be called, the "Taos Hum." Pinpointing its source has not been easy.
19 February 2014, 09:52 PM ET
The Silurian Period occurred from 443 million to 416 million years ago. It was a time of great environmental changes on Earth and saw the first evidence of life on land.
18 February 2014, 07:19 PM ET
Two men are apparently convinced the cartouche identifying pharaoh Khufu as the creator of the Great Pyramid at Giza is a fake, and they hoped to do an analysis on the pigments to prove they were not as old as the pyramids themselves.
18 February 2014, 06:53 PM ET
Two German men who visited the Egyptian pyramids in April 2013 now face criminal charges for their attempt to prove their "alternative history" conspiracy theories through vandalism.
18 February 2014, 09:19 AM ET
On the outskirts of Jerusalem, archaeologists have discovered the remains of a 2,300-year-old rural village that dates back to the Second Temple period, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced.
17 February 2014, 12:31 PM ET
You may have regrets after Valentine's Day, but be open to understanding why.
15 February 2014, 10:42 AM ET
Should Abraham Lincoln or Dwight D. Eisenhower get more credit for promoting science in the U.S.? A President's Day contest allows the public to vote for the most science-friendly Commander-in-Chief.
15 February 2014, 12:25 AM ET
Many notable figures — not only Thomas Edison — contributed to the development of this revolutionary technology.
14 February 2014, 06:19 PM ET
A researcher says he's finally deciphered an obscure Nordic code that had long stumped cryptologists. The code was written with "runes," or letters in the runic alphabet.
12 February 2014, 01:05 PM ET
The findings, based on the only burial from the Clovis culture, reveal these prehistoric toolmakers are the direct ancestors of many contemporary Native Americans, and are closely related to all Native Americans.
12 February 2014, 01:00 PM ET
The stone tools of the Clovis, such as distinctive fluted or grooved spear points, date to about 12,600 to 13,000 years ago, making them the oldest widespread set of artifacts in North America.
11 February 2014, 05:08 PM ET
The Triassic Period occurred between 251 million and 199 million years ago. It was a time when life outside of the oceans began to diversify.
11 February 2014, 12:02 PM ET
The authenticity of the Shroud of Turin has been in question for centuries. A new study claims neutron emissions from an ancient earthquake could have created the iconic image and messed up radiocarbon levels that suggested the cloth was a fake.
11 February 2014, 10:18 AM ET
Syria echoes the main advances made by humankind such as the birth of the first villages and what is believed to be the world's first alphabet.
11 February 2014, 08:20 AM ET
The Greek writing on the walls includes text about ancient drug use that references Homer's epic poem 'The Odyssey,' archaeologists said, adding that this is the first-known structure confirmed to be a school in ancient Egypt.
11 February 2014, 08:04 AM ET
Archaeologists have discovered a school, with Greek writings on its walls, at the ancient town of Trimithis at the Dakhla Oasis in the western desert of Egypt.
10 February 2014, 07:05 PM ET
Genghis Khan and his successors conquered vast territories, from China to eastern Europe.
10 February 2014, 05:05 PM ET
U.S. authorities have recovered and returned an 18th-century painting looted from Poland's National Museum by Nazi troops during World War II. The Johann Conrad Seekatz painting was one of thousands of art objects pilfered during the German occupation.
07 February 2014, 07:16 PM ET
The Permian Period lasted from 299 million to 251 million years ago. Two groups of animals that dominated the period would later branch into mammals and reptiles.
07 February 2014, 02:35 PM ET
Ancient civilizations have long written about the power and force that weather once brought upon them, and now these international monuments are showing visible signs of wear.
07 February 2014, 11:30 AM ET
About 40 Roman-era skulls and other bones were unearthed in the heart of London. The skeletal remains likely belonged to execution victims, gladiators, or captives of war.
07 February 2014, 11:30 AM ET
About 40 Roman-era skulls and other bones were unearthed in the heart of London. The skeletal remains likely belonged to execution victims, gladiators, or captives of war.
07 February 2014, 08:49 AM ET
Footprints pressed into the mud of modern-day England more than 800,000 years ago might represent the oldest known human tracks ever found in Europe, archaeologists say.
06 February 2014, 04:50 PM ET
Scientists confirmed a suspect Léger painting is a forgery; they detected faint signatures of Cold War-era nuclear bombs in the canvas that reveal the painting was created after the artist's death.
05 February 2014, 11:02 PM ET
The Quaternary Period is a geologic time period that encompasses the most recent 2.6 million years — including the present day.
05 February 2014, 03:14 PM ET
It seems likely that the relics of Charlemagne on display at a treasury in Germany are indeed the bones of the Frankish king, scientists say.