History Archive
27 February 2014, 12:45 PM ET
The remains of a gladiator school have been uncovered in Austria and the researchers have used the information to virtually recreate the school in 3D.
26 February 2014, 07:16 PM ET
An ancient Roman gladiator school has been discovered in Austria, complete with cell blocks, a training arena and a bath complex, archaeologists say.
26 February 2014, 05:00 PM ET
A mysterious mummy that sat in a German collection for over a century was once an Incan woman who was murdered with blunt-force trauma to the head, new research suggests.
26 February 2014, 05:00 PM ET
A mysterious mummy that sat in a German collection for over a century was once an Incan woman who was murdered with blunt-force trauma to the head, possibly in a ritual sacrifice, new research suggests.
26 February 2014, 11:39 AM ET
An alliance of pirates preyed on ships laden with treasure, outmatched Britain's Royal Navy, elected their own admiral and, ultimately, were destroyed in a cataclysmic battle against a Dutch fleet in 1614.
26 February 2014, 11:21 AM ET
New evidence reveals the adventures of a 17th-century pirate alliance in what is now Munster, Ireland, who were destroyed in a cataclysmic battle.
25 February 2014, 01:37 PM ET
Sultan Moulay Ismaïl of Morocco, "The Bloodthirsty," reputedly sired perhaps more than a 1,000 kids. Now computer simulations suggest this could have been possible if the ruler had sex about once a day for 32 years.
25 February 2014, 12:37 PM ET
The University of Leicester plans to sequence the full genome of medieval king Richard III, but not everyone thinks the gene sequencing is scientifically relevant or ethical.
24 February 2014, 02:22 PM ET
A "microbial Pompeii" has been found on the teeth of 1,000-year-old human skeletons. Just as volcanic ash entombed the citizens of the ancient Roman city, dental plaque preserved bacteria and food particles on the skeletons' teeth.
22 February 2014, 03:46 AM ET
The Devonian Period occurred from 416 million to 358 million years ago. It is often known as the “Age of Fishes."
21 February 2014, 05:35 PM ET
While sifting through a 19th century trash heap buried below Manhattan's City Hall Park, archaeologists discovered a vaginal syringe used for douching.
21 February 2014, 04:18 PM ET
A new study has pinpointed the bluestones of Stonehenge to a site in western Wales, slightly away from the original source proposed nearly 100 years ago.
21 February 2014, 11:55 AM ET
Nazis clearly planned to develop insect bioweapons at the Dachau concentration camp, even though they never came close, says a researcher who analyzed historical records, including descriptions of creepy-crawly experiments.
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.