History Archive
01 August 2015, 08:44 AM ET
Ground-penetrating radar is helping archaeologists locate the buried remains of the Great Synagogue of Vilna in Lithuania, a Jewish place of worship that was destroyed by the Nazis during World War II, the Israeli Antiquities Authority reports.
28 July 2015, 10:04 PM ET
Homo floresiensis, a diminutive hominin dubbed the hobbit, lived about 17,000 years ago on a remote Indonesian island.
28 July 2015, 03:56 PM ET
Treasure hunters off the coast of Florida recently pulled up the haul of a lifetime.
28 July 2015, 03:19 PM ET
Remains of 4 men buried at the Jamestown church where Captain John Smith and Pocahontas married have now been identified. One grave also held a ‘reliquary’ box, suggesting the deceased may have been Catholic.
28 July 2015, 11:31 AM ET
Archaeologists have identified four of the men who were buried at the historic American settlement of Jamestown, and all were prominent leaders of the community.
28 July 2015, 11:30 AM ET
Archaeologists have identified four of the men who were buried at the historic American settlement of Jamestown, and all were prominent leaders of the community.
27 July 2015, 07:07 AM ET
A prehistoric disaster, possibly an epidemic, may be responsible for the remains of nearly 100 bodies found stuffed into a 5,000-year-old house in northeast China.
22 July 2015, 04:50 PM ET
A 1,500-year-old parchment could be one of the oldest known copies of the Quran, possibly dating back to a time that overlapped with the life of the Prophet Muhammad.
22 July 2015, 09:41 AM ET
A huge database of human fossils suggests hobbits were a separate human species and the recently unearthed species Australopithecus sediba may be the ancestor of the human lineage, say researchers who point out their findings will surely be controversial.
21 July 2015, 01:31 PM ET
A number of natives of the Amazon rainforest may partly descend from the Pacific, though researchers don't know when and how this group called Population Y made its way to the Amazon.
21 July 2015, 08:16 AM ET
The crewmembers of the Franklin Expedition, a doomed Arctic expedition to find a Northwest Passage through Canada, practiced end-stage cannibalism.
20 July 2015, 04:58 PM ET
A burned 1,500-year-old Hebrew scroll found on the shore of the Dead Sea was recently deciphered, 45 years after archaeologists discovered it.
20 July 2015, 03:05 PM ET
A skeleton with a tell-tale knee injury may belong to Alexander the Great's father, Philip II. But a decades-old debate about the identity of these bones won't go down without a fight.
20 July 2015, 03:01 PM ET
An intractable debate in archaeology centers on whether burned bones in an ancient Macedonian tomb belong to Alexander the Great's illustrious father or his mentally disabled half-brother.
20 July 2015, 11:07 AM ET
Several artifacts have been discovered in a shipwreck off the North Carolina coast that may date to the American Revolution. Here's a look at what scientists spied with the manned submersible called Alvin.
20 July 2015, 11:07 AM ET
While searching for a mooring from a previous trip, researchers off the coast of North Carolina discovered a well-preserved shipwreck and artifacts that may date to the American Revolution.
20 July 2015, 07:17 AM ET
Weird, "hybridized" animal skeletons, including a cow-horse and a six-legged sheep litter the bottom of storage pits in an Iron Age site in England, archaeologists have found.
20 July 2015, 07:15 AM ET
An Iron Age settlement in southern England is home to curious, hybridized animal burials.
17 July 2015, 07:38 AM ET
The disappearance of the skull of German film director F.W. Murnau is disturbing; and while body snatching is taboo it's far from rare. Motives range from the mercenary to the macabre.
17 July 2015, 07:05 AM ET
Rest in peace? Not when body snatchers are afoot. Six gruesome grave robberies in history reveal that even fame doesn't guarantee you a peaceful slumber.
16 July 2015, 07:22 AM ET
Archaeologists are bringing part of Iraq's heritage, destroyed by the Islamic State group, back to life online. Photos reveal the monastery of Mar Behnam and Virgin's Vault inscriptions that when read in a certain way reveal a picture of the mind.
16 July 2015, 07:06 AM ET
Islamic and Christian holy sites across Iraq have been destroyed by the Islamic State group, demolishing thousands of years of history. Here's a look at photos from an ambitious project to document that history online.
14 July 2015, 12:21 PM ET
Human hands may be more primitive than those of chimps, more closely resembling hands of the last common ancestor of humans and chimps. The findings suggest human-evolution scenarios that rely on a chimplike last common ancestor may be flawed.
14 July 2015, 07:22 AM ET
Two decades after stealing antiquities from a first-century Jewish city in the Golan Heights, on the borders of Israel and Syria, a robber returned the loot to a museum's courtyard, Israeli authorities announced.
13 July 2015, 07:29 AM ET
See the unique mosaics that decorated an ancient synagogue.
13 July 2015, 07:27 AM ET
Stunning mosaics have turned up during an archaeological dig of a fifth-century synagogue in northern Israel.
13 July 2015, 07:20 AM ET
Novel gold spirals unearthed in Danish town with a reputation for mystical gold.
13 July 2015, 07:18 AM ET
A pile of 2,000 tangled gold spirals that bring to mind heaps of the fairy tale princess Rapunzel's golden locks were recently unearthed in Denmark.
08 July 2015, 10:37 AM ET
An ancient Native American grave in Illinois bore the body of a young bobcat, suggesting the ancient people raised the orphan kitty and buried it with love.
07 July 2015, 01:10 PM ET
Scientists are peeling back layers of paint to get to the root of an enduring plague that is threatening century-old art by the likes of Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and Henri Matisse.
03 July 2015, 12:19 PM ET
Americans celebrated the first July Fourth in 1777, a year after declaring independence from England. Here's a list of American traditions and famous fourths.
03 July 2015, 09:52 AM ET
Here are five odd facts about Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), including his enthusiasm for word games, microscopes and photography.
02 July 2015, 05:24 PM ET
The author of the Alice books was also a fan of clever word puzzles and logic games.
01 July 2015, 04:19 PM ET
During a routine renovation of their living room, a family recently discovered a large 2,000-year-old ritual bath underneath the floorboards of their Jerusalem home, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced today (July 1).
29 June 2015, 07:37 AM ET
A horrific spinal injury caused by a bronze arrowhead didn't immediately kill an Iron Age warrior, who survived long enough for his bone to heal around the metal point, a new study of his burial in central Kazakhstan finds.
26 June 2015, 01:20 PM ET
The vessel is known as a funnel beaker, a kind of ceramics that features a flat bottom with a funnel-shaped neck. The discovery was made ahead of the construction of an immersed tunnel to connect the German island of Fehmarn with the Danish Lolland.