History Archive
22 April 2014, 12:10 PM ET
An investigation by Live Science throws into question the origin of the fourth-century papyrus thought to reveal Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married.
22 April 2014, 11:13 AM ET
In an episode of Yale University's 'Science Xplained', Dr Ainissa Ramirez explains how the frigid waters changed the properties of the boat's rivets, leading to disaster on the Atlantic Ocean in 1912.
21 April 2014, 03:37 PM ET
Modern humans first arose between 100,000 to 200,000 years ago in Africa. When and how the modern human lineage then dispersed out of Africa has long been controversial. Now researchers say there were multiple dispersals earlier than long thought.
21 April 2014, 03:14 PM ET
Neanderthals were remarkably less genetically diverse than modern humans, with Neanderthal populations typically smaller and more isolated, researchers say.
21 April 2014, 12:55 PM ET
An 18th-century painting that was stolen from a church in Poland two decades ago was recovered after it turned up for sale on eBay, federal authorities say.
21 April 2014, 10:00 AM ET
Scientists have pinpointed the region where ancient farmers first cultivated Capsicum annuum, the most common kind of chili pepper.
18 April 2014, 04:29 PM ET
As Christians worldwide gather for Easter to celebrate their belief in the death and rebirth of Jesus, researchers continue to delve into the mysteries that surround the man.
17 April 2014, 02:05 PM ET
Archaeologists discovered animal-printed tile fragments in Blackfriars, Leicester, during excavations in 2014. The artifacts date back to the early Roman era.
17 April 2014, 01:34 PM ET
The paw prints and hoof prints of a few curious animals have been preserved for posterity on ancient Roman tiles recently discovered by archaeologists in England.
16 April 2014, 10:02 AM ET
Researchers have deciphered the earliest known contract to fix a wrestling match between two teenagers who had reached the final bout of a prestigious series of games in Egypt, dating to A.D. 267.
15 April 2014, 09:58 AM ET
People of numerous pre-Columbian civilizations in northern Chile, including the Incas and the Chinchorro culture, suffered from chronic arsenic poisoning due to their consumption of contaminated water, new research suggests.
15 April 2014, 09:42 AM ET
People of numerous pre-Columbian civilizations in northern Chile, including the Incas and the Chinchorro culture, suffered from chronic arsenic poisoning due to their consumption of contaminated water, new research suggests.
15 April 2014, 01:03 AM ET
Anthropology is the study of humans, early hominids and primates. Anthropologists study human language, culture and societies.
10 April 2014, 09:46 PM ET
The bicycle has a complicated past fraught with controversy and misinformation.
10 April 2014, 05:28 PM ET
U.K. researchers have sunk a long-standing explanation for the loss of the Titanic — that the fateful journey took place in waters bristling with icebergs, making 1912 an unlucky year to sail the North Atlantic.
10 April 2014, 03:26 PM ET
The papyrus document known as "the Gospel of Jesus's Wife" was unveiled in 2012 and instantly set off a debate over its authenticity. Perhaps its most controversial elements are lines that suggest Jesus had a wife.
09 April 2014, 04:57 PM ET
A rare sculpted-clay coffin is found in Israel's Jezreel Valley, along with a gold scarab ring and bronze grave goods.
09 April 2014, 04:43 PM ET
A gold ring bearing the name of a pharaoh, a bronze dagger and other treasures are among the artifacts found in a Late Bronze Age grave in the Jezreel Valley.
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.