History Archive
09 February 2016, 01:41 PM ET
Nearly 20 feet (6 meters) below the streets of London, archaeologists discovered a fragile Roman painting featuring deer and birds that may have once decorated the wall of a wealthy citizen's home.
09 February 2016, 12:52 PM ET
A Roman fresco nearly 2,000 years old was unearthed at a construction site in the middle of London. It might be one of the earliest wall paintings of its kind from Roman Britain.
08 February 2016, 11:50 AM ET
King Tut is the only 18th Dynasty pharaoh whose mummy has been identified with certainty, says a new analysis.
05 February 2016, 05:41 PM ET
There's a new conspiracy theory out there, but instead of invoking big government or aliens, it questions whether there's a laptop carved into an ancient Greek statue.
05 February 2016, 11:26 AM ET
Wild leopard cats may have been domesticated by farmers in China more than 5,000 years ago, according to a new study of feline fossils.
04 February 2016, 02:53 PM ET
Sure, complain about the music, but modern halftime shows are nothing compared to the horrors witnessed in ancient Rome.
04 February 2016, 01:15 PM ET
Archaeological treasures — including Etruscan coffins, statues, and busts that were hidden in a Geneva warehouse, likely by a disgraced British art dealer — have found their way back to Italy.
04 February 2016, 01:12 PM ET
Forty-five boxes of antiquities have been returned to Italy after they were confiscated by Swiss authorities at a warehouse in Geneva. These artifacts were likely dug up by tomb robbers in central Italy, where the Etruscan civilization flourished.
04 February 2016, 12:22 PM ET
A New York Times bestselling nonfiction writer and poet, Cristin O'Keefe Apotowicz is the author of six books of poetry as well as the nonfiction book.
04 February 2016, 11:15 AM ET
Prolonged hammering and chiseling accelerated degenerative arthritis in the hands of Michelangelo.
03 February 2016, 08:27 AM ET
A book written by samurai in 1888 reveals martial arts practices for police of the day. These highly guarded techniques were revealed in text and illustrations.
02 February 2016, 09:13 PM ET
The highly guarded martial arts practices are revealed in this 1888 book in which samurai help train police in their techniques, which included how to tie suspects up using paper string and non-lethal ways of fighting.
28 January 2016, 04:35 PM ET
A marriage contract signed by Napoleon Bonaparte and his first wife, Josephine, will be available for auction — just in time for Valentine's Day.
28 January 2016, 02:03 PM ET
For a text that may rewrite the history of mathematics, it looks rather sloppy. A small brown clay tablet that's scrawled with hasty cuneiform characters proves the ancient Babylonians used a complex geometrical model to calculate Jupiter's path.
28 January 2016, 07:35 AM ET
The headless skeletons of young males discovered in York, England, likely belonged to gladiators. In addition to the violent injuries, the men experienced infections and stress as children, a DNA analysis suggests.
28 January 2016, 07:27 AM ET
The headless skeletons of men who were likely gladiators in life were found in a cemetery in York. Analyses of the bones has revealed much about the lives of these young men. Here's a look at the decapitated bodies and excavation.
27 January 2016, 04:48 PM ET
The sculptures date to the first or second century AD and stand at around 21 inches in height.
27 January 2016, 04:21 PM ET
Archaeologists surveying an ancient cemetery in Israel say they have discovered 1,700-year-old inscriptions in stone that may mark the burial place of elite rabbis.
20 January 2016, 01:00 PM ET
The oldest known evidence of human warfare has been unearthed in Kenya, suggesting warfare is an ancient part of the human repertoire.
20 January 2016, 01:00 PM ET
The oldest known evidence of human warfare has been unearthed in Kenya, suggesting that warfare is an ancient part of the human repertoire.
19 January 2016, 09:54 AM ET
The inscription names 20 Medieval killers allegedly involved in the murder of Prince Andrey Bogolyubsky.
19 January 2016, 07:13 AM ET
Sprawling hieroglyphs dating back around 5,000 years have been discovered in Egypt's Sinai Desert. Carved into stone, the symbols reveal secrets of the early pharaohs, including a queen named Neith-Hotep who ruled Egypt.
19 January 2016, 07:05 AM ET
Photos reveal sprawling drawings and hieroglyphics that were carved into stone in the Sinai Desert more than 5,000 years ago, possibly by mining expeditions sent out by early Egyptian pharaohs.
15 January 2016, 12:00 PM ET
Most of the U.S. presidents were born at home, and Ohioans and Virginians are disproportionately represented in the Oval Office, a new analysis finds.
15 January 2016, 09:30 AM ET
Homo floresiensis, a diminutive hominin dubbed the hobbit, lived about 17,000 years ago on a remote Indonesian island.
14 January 2016, 07:29 AM ET
The remains of a small-statured hominid may be a new, hobbitlike, species called Homo floresiensis.
13 January 2016, 04:58 PM ET
The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 aircraft has found little trace of the vanished plane, but has turned up a 19th-century shipwreck.
13 January 2016, 02:59 PM ET
The plague was brought to Europe by rats on ships. Or was it?
12 January 2016, 11:54 PM ET
When fire collapsed a settlement into a river, silt and clay preserved signs of life some 3,000 years ago.
12 January 2016, 01:00 PM ET
A pit full of the amputated arm bones of ancient Neolithic farmers reveals an ultraviolent episode in the history of Europe.
12 January 2016, 12:16 PM ET
A routine archaeological excavation in France has uncovered a gruesome pit filled with severed limbs and bodies that bore marks of violence.
12 January 2016, 06:55 AM ET
Archaeologists recently determined that a skeleton found buried on an Edinburgh primary school's property dates back to the 16th century and likely is that of a criminal, possibly a seafaring pirate.
11 January 2016, 09:41 AM ET
The remains of a man with a deformed knee that was attached to a prosthetic leg, dating back around 2,200 years, have been discovered in a tomb in an ancient cemetery near Turpan, China.
08 January 2016, 03:48 PM ET
Map shows home towns of U.S. presidents.
08 January 2016, 07:58 AM ET
Before sea ice formed along Alaska's Arctic coastline this winter, marine archaeologists discovered the wrecks of two 19th-century ships that likely met their demise during a famous whaling disaster.
08 January 2016, 07:51 AM ET
For the first time in more than 140 years, humans have laid eyes on doomed ships from the infamous Whaling Disaster of 1871. Here are photos of the shipwrecks that got stuck in Alaskan pack ice.