History Archive
30 September 2014, 07:59 AM ET
A medieval tale of a dead bishop's treasure, a pope and a pirate whose name means "fire blast" or "fire fart" has been revealed in documents from the Vatican archives.
30 September 2014, 07:26 AM ET
Newly published Vatican documents reveal an ancient tale of a pirate who seems to have stolen treasure that belonged to a dead bishop and was en route aboard a ship to Pope Innocent VI.
29 September 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Sophisticated oceangoing canoes and favorable winds may have helped early human settlers colonize New Zealand, a pair of new studies shows.
29 September 2014, 07:48 AM ET
An ancient Egyptian mummy is raising a new mystery in archaeology because it has one very rare feature: The blood vessels surrounding the mummy's brain left imprints on the inside of skull.
25 September 2014, 04:50 PM ET
A group that's restoring the inventor's Wardenclyffe lab in Shoreham, New York, is selling engraved bricks to fund a museum at the site.
25 September 2014, 02:16 PM ET
A kind of advanced stone artifact once thought to have only originated in Africa may have been invented elsewhere independently, according to a new study.
25 September 2014, 02:02 PM ET
An ancient way of making stone tools may have been developed independently in Eurasia and Africa, suggesting the technology did not emerge solely from humanity's migration out of Africa.
25 September 2014, 12:33 PM ET
Gas chambers have been unearthed at the infamous Nazi death camp Sobibor, where thousands of people died.
25 September 2014, 02:21 AM ET
In the early 1800s, when your goiter is larger than your head, you had to visit Dr. Mütter.
25 September 2014, 01:36 AM ET
Surgery without anesthetic is a nightmare, and yet for most of human experience, it that was the only option.
23 September 2014, 04:00 PM ET
Fans of the renowned American author Ray Bradbury take note: The writer's personal collection of sci-fi memorabilia and art is now up for sale online.
23 September 2014, 03:17 PM ET
When renowned author Ray Bradbury died in 2012, he left behind a huge collection of very cool stuff.
23 September 2014, 07:34 AM ET
The mostly earthen mounds, with shapes ranging from squares to swastikas, were various sizes, with some rivaling the length of a modern-day aircraft carrier. Archaeologists aren't sure of the purpose of these more than 2,000-year-old geoglyphs
23 September 2014, 07:25 AM ET
More 50 geoglyphs dating back at least 2,000 years have been discovered in northern Kazakhstan. Google Earth images revealed the geoglyphs, most of which are earthen mounds, though a swastika-shaped one was made of timber.
22 September 2014, 01:02 PM ET
Archaeologists have revealed the feet and platform sandals on a pair of wavy-haired female statues standing guard at the entrance of a huge ancient tomb in Greece.
19 September 2014, 04:36 PM ET
The skeletal remains of two lovebirds were uncovered, after being locked in a romantic embrace for the past 700 years.
19 September 2014, 01:34 PM ET
Since it began in 2011, the war in Syria has damaged five of the country's six World Heritage sites, according to a nonpartisan analysis of before-and-after satellite images.
19 September 2014, 10:23 AM ET
Three years of heavy fighting have taken a toll on Syria's archaeological treasures. Five of the country's six World Heritage sites "exhibit significant damage," and some buildings are now "reduced to rubble," according to satellite images.
19 September 2014, 07:21 AM ET
Archaeologists found a tiny Egyptian amulet in souther Jordan, which could attest to the fabled military campaign that the pharaoh Sheshonq I waged in the region nearly 3,000 years ago.
18 September 2014, 02:40 PM ET
An ancient compound decorated with earth-toned mosaics may have once housed Byzantine-era monks as they pressed wine and oil for their livelihood. Archaeologists from the Israeli Antiquities Authority uncovered the ancient compound in recent weeks.
18 September 2014, 12:30 PM ET
An Israeli compound dated to the Byzantine era may have once housed monks who pressed wine and oil for a living.
18 September 2014, 07:45 AM ET
An archaeological dig in an empty residential lot in Gernsheim, Germany, reveals a Roman fort dating back some 1,900 years. Among the finds at the site are ceramic shards and bronze horse ornaments.
18 September 2014, 07:42 AM ET
Archaeologists have discovered ceramic shards and other remains of a 1,900-year-old Roman fort that once quartered 500 troops in a German village along the Rhine River.
17 September 2014, 12:07 PM ET
Ongoing archaeological excavations and recovery at the site of an 1857 shipwreck have netted thousands of gold coins and artifacts of a maritime tragedy.
17 September 2014, 09:38 AM ET
There are about 300 shipwrecks in the gulf just west of San Francisco. Scientists have seen few of these sunken hulls, but now the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is embarking on a two-year project to document these lost vessels.
17 September 2014, 08:40 AM ET
More than 3,300 years ago, in a newly built city in Egypt, a woman with an elaborate hairstyle of lengthy hair extensions was laid to rest. She is one of hundreds of people, including many others with intact hairstyles, buried in a cemetery.
17 September 2014, 08:36 AM ET
The remains of hundreds of ancient Egyptians have been discovered in a cemetery near an ancient city now called Amarna. One skeleton belonged to a woman who wore a complex hairstyle with 70 lengthy hair extensions.
17 September 2014, 07:02 AM ET
Researchers have discovered the sites of three wrecks off the coast of San Francisco: the 1910 SS Selja shipwreck, an unidentified early steam tugboat wreck and the 1863 wreck of the clipper ship Noonday.
16 September 2014, 07:02 PM ET
A new postmortem analysis of the war wounds on the skeleton of Richard III reveal that the last Plantagenet king of England was injured at least 11 times, but probably died due to one of two brutal stab wounds to the head.
16 September 2014, 07:01 PM ET
A new accounting of the war wounds on the skeleton of Richard III reveal that the last Plantagenet king of England was injured at least 11 times, but probably died due to one of two brutal stab wounds to the head.
16 September 2014, 07:01 PM ET
A study of the Medieval king's skeleton reveals traumatic wounds he received at the time of death.
16 September 2014, 11:47 AM ET
A group of marine archaeologists kicked off a mission this week to explore an ancient shipwreck hundreds of feet below the Aegean Sea — not with a sub, but with a semi-robotic metal diving suit that looks likes a throwback to a James Bond movie.
15 September 2014, 03:31 PM ET
A milky alcoholic concoction was made and drunk at one of the largest cities in prehistory, Teotihuacan in Mexico. This liquor may have helped provide the people with essential nutrients during frequent shortfalls in staple foods, scientists said.
15 September 2014, 12:59 PM ET
Stonehenge, a huge prehistoric monument, was built 5,000 years ago in England. Its builders and its purpose remain a mystery.
15 September 2014, 12:58 PM ET
Archaeologists have peered into a third doorway inside of an ancient tomb in Greek Macedonia that is believed to date back to the era of Alexander the Great.
15 September 2014, 07:27 AM ET
The lunar-crescent-shaped monument, which predates the Great Pyramids, has been identified near the Sea of Galilee. Archaeologists estimate it may have taken 200 ancient workers some five months to erect the massive stone structure.