History Archive
29 January 2015, 09:34 PM ET
Italian culture, steeped in the arts, architecture, music and food, has flourished for centuries. Here is a brief overview of Italian customs and traditions.
28 January 2015, 05:02 PM ET
Archaeological work has come to a halt in Libya, and researchers are worried about the country's ancient sites, from Roman ruins that have suffered rocket attacks to prehistoric rock paintings that have been vandalized.
28 January 2015, 01:38 PM ET
Discovery of partial skull in Israel may provide insights on humans' migration out of Africa and when they first interbred with Neanderthals.
28 January 2015, 11:31 AM ET
Four thin, black lines, stacked on top of each other, bring the total number of tattoos on Ötzi, a 5,300-year-old mummified iceman, to 61, according to an exhaustive new study.
28 January 2015, 07:04 AM ET
Fractures on spear points show, for the first time, that the first North Americans really did use spear-throwers to hunt from safe distances.
27 January 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Skull fractures can lead to an early death, even if the victims initially survived the injuries, according to a new study that looked at skulls from three Danish cemeteries with funeral plots dating from the 12th to the 17th centuries.
26 January 2015, 07:03 AM ET
The pirate Blackbeard lost his ship in 1718, and the archaeologists who are now excavating the wreck are finding the Blackbeard's medical equipment.
26 January 2015, 06:58 AM ET
The infamous pirate Blackbeard lost is flagship, The Queen Anne's Revenge, in TK. Recently, archaeologists excavating the ship have a found many medical instruments.
26 January 2015, 03:09 AM ET
The Romani ethnic group, often called Gypsies, have unique customs, spiritual beliefs and cultural traditions.
23 January 2015, 05:19 PM ET
Germans place a high value on hard work, precision and order, and have made tremendous contributions to engineering, classical music and beer. Here is an overview of German customs, traditions and values.
23 January 2015, 11:55 AM ET
When two, never-before seen poems by Sappho emerged last year, not all classicists rejoiced at the rare discovery.
22 January 2015, 05:11 PM ET
The ancestors of humans may have evolved powerful, precise humanlike hands enough to use stone tools long before such tools were even developed, researchers say.
22 January 2015, 01:56 PM ET
Google Maps isn't just for finding a nearby burger joint anymore. Now, users can tour the USS Constitution using Google Maps' Street View.
22 January 2015, 01:10 PM ET
The beard on the burial mask of King Tutankhamun, one of Egypt's most well-known pharaohs, was glued back on with epoxy after being knocked off during cleaning, according to conservators at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
21 January 2015, 03:41 PM ET
A lavish Alexander the Great-era tomb found in Amphipolis, Greece, holds the skeletal remains of at least five people.
20 January 2015, 11:00 AM ET
Using phase-contrast X-ray tomography could help researchers finally reveal the secrets hidden in the rolled scrolls of Herculaneum.
20 January 2015, 07:03 AM ET
The medieval Dunluce Castle, located on the craggy rocks of Northern Ireland's coast, is neighbors with a mysterious stone settlement, according to a recent excavation.
20 January 2015, 06:58 AM ET
A 17th-century mercantile town once thrived by Dunluce Castle in Northern Ireland. But when archaeologists began to excavate an area near the town, they found an earlier settlement dating back to the late 15th century.
19 January 2015, 11:08 AM ET
Hundreds of charred, rolled papyrus scrolls that were buried after the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79 could be virtually unrolled thanks to a new x-ray method of reading them.
18 January 2015, 04:21 AM ET
A text that may be the oldest copy of a gospel known to exist is set to be published.
14 January 2015, 11:29 AM ET
Huddled in a dark room at the New York Public Library, a cartographer, a curator of rare books, and a handful of scientists crowded around a camera ringed by colored lights. All eyes were trained on a small, copper sphere about the size of a grapefruit: T
14 January 2015, 11:28 AM ET
The Lenox Globe, a small copper sphere housed in the New York Public Library, is the oldest known surviving globe that references the New World. A team of researchers and librarians set out to create a high-resolution, digital reconstruction of the globe,
14 January 2015, 06:51 AM ET
How hard was it to play kottabos? An art historian enlisted her students to find out. The results were messy.
14 January 2015, 12:20 AM ET
During these dark winter months, spare a thought for artificial lights.
13 January 2015, 10:27 AM ET
Beneath the cold waves of Lake Michigan rests an aging shipwreck, its wooden planks encrusted with brown-and-gray zebra mussels, that may be the remnants of a 17th-century ship called the Griffin, two Michigan-based treasure hunters say.
12 January 2015, 11:55 AM ET
Museum workers opened a time capsule originally buried in 1795 by Sam Adams and Paul Revere.
12 January 2015, 08:36 AM ET
The Museum of Fine Arts opened a time capsule from 1795 that had been buried under the Massachusetts State House cornerstone in Boston.
08 January 2015, 09:15 AM ET
Environmental constraints like rainfall and soil fertility may have been behind the collapse of society on Easter Island, new research finds.
07 January 2015, 11:58 AM ET
Divers find nearly 40 metal ingots from a shipwreck off the coast of Sicily that was lost in the sixth century.
06 January 2015, 02:56 PM ET
Israel's Declaration of Independence was photographed with a high-tech camera that will recreate the document's original appearance.
06 January 2015, 08:28 AM ET
An Italian warlord who suddenly dropped dead in 1329 was poisoned, a mummy autopsy reveals. Scientists found deadly traces of the toxic plant digitalis, or foxglove, in his system.
05 January 2015, 03:04 PM ET
The first known Chinese kingdom may have been destroyed when its lands rapidly transformed into deserts, possibly driving its people into the rest of China, a new study finds.
05 January 2015, 12:09 PM ET
The tomb of a previously unknown Egyptian queen was discovered in a pyramid necropolis southwest of Cairo, officials said yesterday (Jan. 4).
05 January 2015, 06:50 AM ET
The gateways of an ancient Roman fort in Britain are roughly aligned with the light from the sun during the summer and winter solstices.
02 January 2015, 01:12 PM ET
Constance Wilde — the wife of 19th century Irish writer Oscar Wilde — suffered from a mysterious illness for the last decade of her life. A new analysis of her unpublished letters suggests that she most likely had multiple sclerosis.
02 January 2015, 06:46 AM ET
Deep in the forests of northwestern Europe, the ghosts of battle from World War II remain. These landscapes preserve troves of bomb craters, trenches and even the remains of supply depots — all of which have not been well studied until now.