History Archive
26 February 2015, 05:05 PM ET
To the horror of archaeologists and history buffs around the world, ISIS released a new video showing ancient Mesopotamian sculptures being smashed inside northern Iraq's Mosul Museum.
26 February 2015, 10:13 AM ET
A 1,800-year-old tombstone was discovered at a Roman cemetery in England this week. The large stone slab bears an inscription to commemorate the deceased: a 27-year-old woman named Bodica.
26 February 2015, 07:26 AM ET
Archaeologists discovered a ritual complex in Bolivia where dead bodies were dissolved down to their bones in sizzling pots of caustic chemicals.
23 February 2015, 06:07 PM ET
The connections between technology, urban trading, and international economics which have come to define modern living are nothing new. Back in the first millennium AD, the Vikings were expert at exploring these very issues.
23 February 2015, 03:46 PM ET
An ancient papier-mâché statue of a meditating Buddha contained the body of an 11th-century monk.
23 February 2015, 03:45 PM ET
Turkish forces relocated the sarcophagus, human remains and other relics from the tomb of Suleyman Shah, the grandfather of Osman I, who founded the Ottoman Empire.
23 February 2015, 07:47 AM ET
The hair of 2,000-year-old mummies, long locks adorned with embroidered textiles, is helping researchers determine what these ancient people ate in the weeks and months before their deaths, a new study finds.
23 February 2015, 07:37 AM ET
The 2,000-year-old mummies at buried at the Paracas Necropolis in modern-day Peru likely ate corn, beans as well as plants and animals from the sea, a new chemical analysis finds.
20 February 2015, 02:22 PM ET
Theoretical scientists have started to find that there are universal laws that shape all urban spaces. A new study suggests that the same mathematical rules might apply to ancient settlements, too.
20 February 2015, 07:20 AM ET
An ancient Maya mural found in the Guatemalan rainforest may depict a group portrait of advisers to the Maya royalty, a new study finds.
20 February 2015, 07:19 AM ET
Most Maya murals feature the royal family, but a rare find in northeastern Guatemala shows a mysterious group of men, called obsidians, advising the king.
19 February 2015, 10:34 AM ET
A partial skull found at a site called Lukenya Hill in Kenya suggests that early populations of modern humans in Africa had greater diversity than previously thought.
19 February 2015, 07:14 AM ET
People would have entered altered states of mind inside the 3,300-year-old shrines, which were discovered in Armenia within a hilltop fortress. Since writing had yet to spread to Armenia, the names of the polity and its rulers are unknown.
19 February 2015, 07:11 AM ET
Take a look at photos of ancient shrines discovered in what is now Gegharot in Armenia where ancient people would have practiced different forms of divination, or seeing into the future.
17 February 2015, 09:23 PM ET
Like much of our understanding of early hominid behavior, the imagined diet of our ancestors has also been over-simplified.
17 February 2015, 03:17 PM ET
A trove of nearly 2,000 gold coins that date to about 1,000 years ago was discovered under water off the coast of Israel.
17 February 2015, 01:30 PM ET
A trove of nearly 2,000 gold coins that date to about 1,000 years ago was discovered under water off the coast of Israel.
17 February 2015, 07:38 AM ET
Pristinely preserved bodies at the Badia Pozzeveri cemetery in Tuscany, Italy, could hold the DNA of the cholera bacteria that killed them during an 1850s epidemic. Understanding the disease's evolution could lead to a cure.
13 February 2015, 09:24 AM ET
The oldest cannonball in England has been rediscovered on a field near the site of the Battle of Northampton.
12 February 2015, 07:21 PM ET
The discovery of the head wound that very likely killed Richard III of England was caught on film and has now been released for the first time to the public.
12 February 2015, 05:49 PM ET
A sword or the "top spike of a bill or halberd" caused a major sharp force trauma to the base of the English monarch's skull according to School of Archaeology and Ancient Histor and the East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit.
11 February 2015, 03:25 PM ET
How did the Romans release wild animals into their mighty Colosseum? How did the massive Hagia Sophia cathedral in Istanbul withstand centuries of earthquakes? And how did a desert people carve elaborate tombs in rocky cliffs in Jordan?
11 February 2015, 03:11 PM ET
NOVA investigates major engineering mysteries and amazing innovations of the ancient world in a new, three-part series, “Building Wonders,” premiering February 11-25, 2015 on PBS. 
10 February 2015, 07:33 AM ET
What if Alexander had left his kingdom to one person? Would his empire have expanded, or at least continued to stay together despite its incredible size? Probably not, historians say.
09 February 2015, 10:09 PM ET
Russian culture has a long and rich history, steeped in literature, ballet, painting and classical music. Here is a brief overview of Russian customs & traditions.
09 February 2015, 06:28 PM ET
Apparently ground up bone powder from the skulls of martyrs was an ingredient in sought after medicines.
09 February 2015, 01:50 PM ET
A copy of the Magna Carta dating back to 1300 has been discovered hiding in a forgotten scrapbook in Kent, England. The find reveals that this important document was shipped all over medieval England.
09 February 2015, 07:45 AM ET
Some 8,000 years ago, people would have performed ritual activities like animal sacrifice at these cult sites, where death symbols as well as symbols of fertility, such as penis-shaped structures, were found.
09 February 2015, 07:28 AM ET
Archaeologists have discovered 100 cult sites where people may have practiced ritual activities in what is now Israel some 8,000 years ago. Take a look at these photos from the sites.
06 February 2015, 06:39 AM ET
The hefty stone slab, up for sale in England as a garden ornament, holds a mysterious pattern on its front, one that may be a form of writing, an archaeologist says.
04 February 2015, 06:56 AM ET
The burial may represent the oldest confirmed evidence of twins in history and one of the earliest examples of death during childbirth.
03 February 2015, 08:58 AM ET
A 1,500-year-old book that contains a previously unknown gospel has been deciphered. The ancient manuscript may have been used to provide guidance or encouragement to people seeking help for their problems, according to a researcher.
02 February 2015, 03:06 PM ET
Opium, "magic" mushrooms and other psychoactive substances have been used since prehistoric times by people all over the world, according to a new study.
02 February 2015, 07:06 AM ET
The waterways, pavilions and pathways in the gardens of the Taj Mahal in India align perfectly with the rising and setting sun on the summer solstice, a physics researcher has discovered.
30 January 2015, 05:06 PM ET
Tommy Thompson — a famous shipwreck hunter who located a Gold Rush-era wreck and became embroiled in a long legal drama over his spoils — has been captured in Florida after more than two years in hiding.
30 January 2015, 01:54 PM ET
A once-thriving Mesoamerican metropolis dried up about 1,000 years ago when below-average rainfall triggered centuries-long droughts that largely prompted people to abandon the city for greener opportunities, a new study finds.