History Archive
30 November 2015, 02:57 PM ET
Why does culture sometimes evolve via sudden bursts of innovation?
25 November 2015, 07:45 AM ET
On the 100th anniversary of what is arguably Einstein's greatest accomplishment — the publication of his theory of general relativity — PBS is celebrating his work and giving viewers insights into the man behind the theory.
24 November 2015, 12:07 PM ET
Google created a doodle today to honor the 41st anniversary of the discovery of 'Lucy,' the famous upright-walking Australopithecus ancestor to modern-day humans.
23 November 2015, 10:49 AM ET
A trunk containing about 2,600 undelivered letters—600 of them unopened — was recently rediscovered. A team of researchers is now collaborating on a new project to study the rare archive, using X-rays to virtually open the sealed notes.
23 November 2015, 08:43 AM ET
An intricately carved gold ring containing a stone engraved with an image of a teenage Cupid, shown completely nude while holding a torch, was discovered near a village in the U.K. Spiral designs and bead-shaped spheres decorate the ring.
20 November 2015, 10:09 AM ET
A trunk containing about 2,600 undelivered letters — 600 of them unopened — was recently rediscovered. Researchers are now collaborating on a new project to study the rare archive.
16 November 2015, 04:06 PM ET
Lions and tigers and birds, oh my!
16 November 2015, 03:51 PM ET
The organization's many-sided facade is about to become a giant digital photo album.
16 November 2015, 03:06 PM ET
Predators and prey bring an ancient tile floor to life.
16 November 2015, 09:11 AM ET
Archaeologists have discovered the remains of an ancient board game, including a decorated dice and tiles, that hasn't been played for 1,500 years.
16 November 2015, 09:11 AM ET
Pieces from a mysterious board game that hasn't been played for 1,500 years were discovered in a heavily looted 2,300-year-old tomb near Qingzhou City in China.
13 November 2015, 09:16 AM ET
Images reveal Egypt's Great Pyramid of Khufu and recent scanning research that archaeologists have undertaken there. Their findings suggest the presence of a possible tomb hidden in the pyramid.
13 November 2015, 08:26 AM ET
Speculation swirls anew that within Egypt's Great Pyramid of Khufu there lies a hidden tomb, possibly holding the pharaoh himself, sealed there for thousands of years.
12 November 2015, 02:51 PM ET
The genetics of an Incan child who was sacrificed about 500 years ago reveals details of the Native American expansion into the Americas.
12 November 2015, 06:50 AM ET
Archaeologists have uncovered a 500-year-old church that may be the oldest known European Christian church in the tropics.
11 November 2015, 01:01 PM ET
Stone Age people used beeswax and, most likely, honey, a habit that began at least as early as the beginning of agriculture.
09 November 2015, 03:33 PM ET
A Google Doodle on Nov. 9, 2015, honored Hedy Lamarr, MGM movie star and inventor
06 November 2015, 07:44 AM ET
Elite Mayans are famous for their hieroglyphs and calendars, but commoners had it pretty good, too. That's what archaeologists found in a city frozen in time 1,400 years ago by a volcanic eruption.
05 November 2015, 09:22 AM ET
Sprawling earthen swastika designs, crosses and rings that cover part of Kazakhstan are becoming a little less mysterious: Archaeologists studying the geoglyphs have found when they were created and what their function might have been.
03 November 2015, 01:04 PM ET
Archaeologists in Jerusalem may have just solved one of the city's greatest geographical mysteries.
03 November 2015, 01:04 PM ET
Archaeologists and historians have debated the fortress' location for a century.
02 November 2015, 08:58 AM ET
One scientist's hard-earned golden prize just sold for a sizeable chunk of change.
02 November 2015, 06:53 AM ET
Scientists discovered a 1,300-year-old tomb holding the remains of the man who helped China's only female emperor rise to power. Epitaphs on the tomb tell of how the empress murdered her advisor and his family.
02 November 2015, 06:50 AM ET
Photos reveal the epitaphs and treasures from an ancient tomb of the advisor to China's first and only female emperor.
30 October 2015, 04:12 PM ET
Love them or fear them, the spooky creatures that haunt your Halloween nightmares have complicated histories.
28 October 2015, 10:13 AM ET
In just two weeks, marine archaeologists discovered 22 ancient shipwrecks scattered around a Greek island, confirming the sightings of local fishermen and sponge divers who had seen piles of ancient pottery on the seafloor.
28 October 2015, 09:45 AM ET
Over the course of just two weeks in September, a team of underwater archaeologists located 22 shipwrecks around the Greek archipelago of Fourni. Here's a look at the sunken vessels, which had never been documented before.
27 October 2015, 12:31 PM ET
Archaeologists who thought they were excavating the site of an ancient house in Greece recently uncovered something much more rare.
27 October 2015, 08:36 AM ET
The ancient builders of Stonehenge likely indulged in huge barbecues where thousands of pilgrims flocked to party, new research suggests.
26 October 2015, 03:00 PM ET
Two Native American twins who died 11,500 years ago weren't twins at all; they had different mothers, new research suggests.
26 October 2015, 12:12 PM ET
From the real Count Dracula to Joan of Arc's trusted serial-killer companion, here are some of the scariest people in history.
23 October 2015, 10:06 AM ET
Hint: It wasn't poison.
22 October 2015, 07:28 AM ET
A photo of what could be the notorious iceberg that sunk the Titanic is up for auction this weekend, but experts are unsure whether the historic snapshot actually shows the destructive iceberg, or simply one that was floating in the vicinity at the time.
20 October 2015, 10:47 AM ET
In the ruins of a Roman city in southern Turkey, archaeologists have discovered a marble head of Medusa, somehow spared during an early Christian campaign against pagan art.
20 October 2015, 09:47 AM ET
Antiochia ad Cragum, a Roman city founded in the first century, is located on southern Turkey’s rugged coast. Little is known about the city from ancient texts, but archaeologists have unearthed traces of amazing mosaics, a medusa statue and shops there.
19 October 2015, 09:12 AM ET
An ancient arrowhead with human blood on it points to a Maya bloodletting ceremony in which a person's "life force" fed the gods, researchers say. The ceremony took place around 500 years ago in Guatemala at a temple at the site of Zacpetén.