History Archive
16 October 2014, 11:32 AM ET
A mosaic on the floor of a vast Greek tomb shows the reluctant bride Persephone being carted off to the underworld with Hades, archaeologists announced today (Oct. 16).
16 October 2014, 03:07 AM ET
While the use of air power isn’t new, or exclusively dependent on modern and sophisticated technology, how it has been used has changed over time.
15 October 2014, 08:34 AM ET
A mysterious stone slab from the 12th century B.C. is a combination sundial and moondial, a new study finds. The slab would've helped ancient skywatchers track the movements of the sun and moon during heavenly events.
15 October 2014, 07:36 AM ET
Check out these photos of a combination sundial-moondial dating to the 12th century that was discovered near Rostov, Russia. Archaeologists say the markings on the artifact correspond to positions of the sun and moon throughout the year.
14 October 2014, 11:27 AM ET
An Apple-1 computer, a window from the Manhattan Project test site and letters from Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin will go on sale at a history-of-science auction this month.
14 October 2014, 09:08 AM ET
An Iron Age chariot burned as a sacrifice more than 2,000 years ago is rediscovered in Leicestershire, England. The find, made by four university students, is a "once-in-a-career" discovery, according to archaeologists.
14 October 2014, 07:43 AM ET
Three arm bones from a prehistoric individual, likely a Neanderthal, were uncovered in the Seine Valley of northern France, suggesting that Neanderthals had a temporary camp along the river 200,000 years ago.
14 October 2014, 12:06 AM ET
Archaeologists have discovered ornate bronze remains of an Iron Age chariot from the second or third century B.C. The chariot seems to have been buried as part of a religious offering, say the archaeologists.
13 October 2014, 04:13 PM ET
A wreck of a U.S. World War II plane found in Italia brings back a forgotten story of death and survival.
13 October 2014, 10:53 AM ET
Bonhams auction house will hold a history-of-science themed auction on Oct. 22, featuring a vintage Apple-1 computer and a window from the Manhattan Project test site.
13 October 2014, 10:14 AM ET
An elaborate and colorful mosaic showing the Greek god Hermes leading a man to the underworld has been uncovered in a vast tomb from the era of Alexander the Great, Greek archaeologists announced.
13 October 2014, 08:28 AM ET
Inside the massive cult complex, archaeologists found facemasks, human-size containers and burnt animal bones possibly related to sacrificial practices. The Canaanite storm god may have been worshiped there.
13 October 2014, 07:56 AM ET
The 3,300-year-old building was likely used as a place of cultic ceremonies, possibly to worship the Canaanite storm god Baal or a female deity, say the archaeologists who discovered it.
13 October 2014, 07:26 AM ET
The upcoming World War II film "Fury" puts tank warfare front and center in a depiction of the final Allied push into Germany in 1945.
10 October 2014, 04:33 PM ET
It may seem innocuous now, but this little stone might have killed someone 700 years ago.
10 October 2014, 07:39 AM ET
Using a noninvasive imaging method, British Library scientists have decoded an original, fire-damaged version of the Magna Carta dating back to 1215. The document will be displayed in London in 2015.
10 October 2014, 07:37 AM ET
Scientists have used multispectral imaging to reveal details of the Magna Carta that was badly damaged in a fire in 1731. Here are photos of the secrets found beneath the fire damage.
10 October 2014, 05:52 AM ET
This year's Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to two children's rights activists, Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay.
09 October 2014, 09:24 PM ET
These ancient Egyptian monuments are still a source of speculation and debate.
09 October 2014, 11:18 AM ET
Archaeologists have uncovered the tomb holding the skeletal remains of a man and woman and several treasures, including a silver tiara atop the woman's head, silver jewelry, ceramics and many other artifacts.
09 October 2014, 08:49 AM ET
A silver circlet perched on the head of a Bronze Age woman was among the treasures discovered in a Spanish tomb. Other precious items, including ear dilators and a silver-gilded teacup, were also found in the tomb.
08 October 2014, 09:01 PM ET
Angkor Wat in Cambodia is one of the largest religious monuments ever constructed.
08 October 2014, 03:40 PM ET
The elegant shape of the violin evolved over a period of 400 years, largely due to the influence of four prominent families of instrument makers, a new study finds.
08 October 2014, 01:01 PM ET
Dating back to around 40,000 years ago, cave paintings in Indonesia caves depicting hand stencils and pig-deer may be the oldest ever found.
08 October 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Paintings of mini buffalos, warty pigs and human hands inside caves in Indonesia could be among the oldest examples of cave art in the world, a new study finds. The paintings challenge Europe's standing as the birthplace of prehistoric cave art.
07 October 2014, 02:17 PM ET
The Israel Antiquities Authority unearthed an ancient ritual bath and water cistern with modern world war two graffiti during a highway 38 construction project in Israel.
06 October 2014, 07:14 PM ET
The skeleton of a girl buried face down, meant as a punishment in the afterlife, is found by archaeologists in Italy.
06 October 2014, 12:23 PM ET
A team of underwater archaeologists who are searching for the buried treasures of an ancient shipwreck in Greece finally got their high-tech "Exosuit" wet.
03 October 2014, 09:59 PM ET
Stonehenge, a huge prehistoric monument, was built 5,000 years ago in England. Its builders and its purpose remain a mystery.
02 October 2014, 12:26 PM ET
A 19th-century mummified fetus that underwent an ancient surgical procedure while in its mother's womb has been discovered by scientists in Italy. The remains were uncovered due to the devastated 2009 L'Aquila earthquake.
02 October 2014, 08:16 AM ET
The mummified body of a 29-week-old fetus that had been operated on while in the womb more than 100 years ago, has been discovered in Italy.
30 September 2014, 07:59 AM ET
A medieval tale of a dead bishop's treasure, a pope and a pirate whose name means "fire blast" or "fire fart" has been revealed in documents from the Vatican archives.