History In The Headlines

Author: Sarah Pruitt

A pottery shard found at the Tel Aviv site. (Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority)

Ancient Egyptian Brewery Unearthed in Israel

Shards of Egyptian-style ceramic vessels used to brew beer some 5,000 years ago have been discovered buried under a construction site in the heart of Tel Aviv.

A reconstruction of the recently-discovered Carnufex carolinensis. (Credit: Jorge Gonzales)

Scientists Discover Two Giant New Late-Triassic Creatures

In the past week, scientists have announced the discovery of a human-sized salamander and a giant “butcher” crocodile, both of which lived some 230 million years ago.

Credit: Statens historiska museum / Christer Åhlin

Islamic Ring Found in 9th-Century Viking Grave

Discovered more than a century ago in a Swedish grave, a ring bearing an Arabic inscription confirms contact between the Vikings and the Islamic world.

Experts examine remains found in the Madrid crypt. (Credit: Madrid Region/EPA)

After 400 Years, Investigators Find Remains of Cervantes, Don Quixote’s Creator

A team of Spanish researchers believes it has found the long-lost remains of Miguel de Cervantes, author of “Don Quixote,” beneath a Madrid convent.

Image of the Musashi captured by the underwater probe (Credit: Paul Allen)

WWII’s Largest Battleship Revealed After 70 Years Underwater

After an eight-year search, a research team sponsored by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has discovered the shipwreck of the massive Japanese battleship Musashi.

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When Did the “Age of Man” Begin?

A new study suggests that the dramatic upheaval caused by European colonization of the Americas may have marked the beginning of a new period of geologic time.

Abraham Lincoln delivers his second inaugural address at the U.S. Capitol on March 4, 1865, with John Wilkes Booth among the crowd looking on. (Credit: Library of Congress)

Remembering Lincoln’s Second Inauguration, 150 Years Later

On March 4, 1865, with the Civil War drawing to a close, Abraham Lincoln was sworn in to a second term as U.S. president; John Wilkes Booth was in attendance.

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Scientists Blame Gerbils (Not Rats) for the Black Death

A new study clears the black rat of spreading the infamous Black Death from Asia across medieval Europe, and identifies gerbils as a more likely culprit.

Students excavate remains buried at Badia Pozzeveri cemetery. (Credit: Ohio State University)

Scientists Seek Cholera DNA in Tuscan Cemetery

A team of researchers hopes a church graveyard in the Italian town of Badia Pozzeveri will yield a breakthrough in efforts to understand a deadly disease.

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British Police Warn “Nighthawks” to Stay Away From Hadrian’s Wall

Authorities say “nighthawking,” or illegal metal detecting, near the ancient Roman fortification known as Hadrian’s Wall is destroying Britain’s national heritage.

Detailed view of an original Magna Carta copy from Lincoln Cathedral (Credit: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

Magna Carta Worth $15 Million Found in Archived Scrapbook

For more than a century, an original edition of the Magna Carta lay forgotten in a Victorian-era scrapbook in the archives of the British coastal town of Sandwich.

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Notes by Alan Turing’s Team Found in the Walls of Code-Breaking Hut

Papers used by Alan Turing’s cryptologists for their World War II-era work breaking the “Enigma” code have been found being used to line the roof of a drafty hut at Britain’s Bletchley Park.

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Scientists Say Language May Have Evolved to Help Toolmakers

In a new study, researchers suggest our ancestors may have developed language in order to make the tools necessary for their survival.