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A historian has put forth a new theory about the Shroud of Turin, suggesting it was painted by the Renaissance master Giotto and based on Jesus’ actual burial cloth.
The enormous death toll of America’s bloodiest conflict may be even higher than we think, according to one historian’s recent analysis.
Early human males were homebodies who barely strayed from their native caves, while females traveled far to find their mates, according to a new study.
Al Capone’s gun will go up for auction next month, but a revolver that belonged the lesser-known gangster Cole Younger may fetch more money.
Satellites 400 miles above earth have revealed numerous ancient sites across Egypt, including 17 pyramids, 1,000 tombs and 3,100 settlements.
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Bans on smoking and tobacco products have a long and complex history dating back to the late 16th century.
This month, researchers are seeking a better understanding of Maya maritime trade by excavating an ancient port city on the Yucatan Peninsula.
The competitive advantage of striking from above explains why humans walk on two feet and why women prefer taller men, a new study suggests.
A team in North Carolina is working to recover a 3,000-pound anchor from Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, which ran aground in 1718.
An Egyptian princess is the earliest known sufferer of heart disease, according to a recent study suggesting clogged arteries have plagued civilizations for millennia.