History In The Headlines

Author: Sarah Pruitt

An example of a Honghshan jade dragon

China’s First Kingdom Likely Fell Victim to Rapid Desert Formation

New research suggests that China’s first known kingdom may have been destroyed when its lands transformed rapidly into desert more than 4,000 years ago.

Khentakawess III's tomb in Abu-Rir (Credit: Czech Institute of Egyptology)

Archaeologists Discover Egyptian Tombs Belonging to Osiris and a Long-Forgotten Queen

Archaeologists have discovered two ancient burial sites in Egypt, one belonging to a previously unknown queen and the other to the god of the dead.

Bodies at the Fag el-Gamous dig site (Credit: BYU)

Egyptian Cemetery May Contain a Million Mummies

According to archaeologists, a cemetery in central Egypt may contain 1 million mummified human bodies, making it the largest necropolis ever found.

Officials work to remove the time capsule from the cornerstone of the Massachusetts State House (Credit: Elise Amendola/AP)

Time Capsule Buried by Paul Revere and Sam Adams Discovered in Boston

Workers fixing a leak at the Massachusetts State House in Boston unearthed a time capsule placed in the building’s cornerstone more than two centuries ago.

Artist's interpretation of Aquilops americanus (Credit: Brian Engh/Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology)

Paleontologists Identify North America’s Oldest Horned Dinosaur

According to new research, the oldest horned dinosaur ever found in North America lived around 107 million years ago, in what is now southern Montana.

Members of the Israel Antiquities Authority investigate damage at the Cave of the Skulls. (Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority)

Gang of Robbers Nabbed While Looting Ancient Cave in Israel

Six men caught looting historical artifacts from an ancient desert cave in Israel last weekend may have been searching for undiscovered Dead Sea Scrolls.

A skeleton uncovered at Roman burial site, with shackle around its neck. (Credit: Frederic Metenier/Inrap)

Shackled Skeletons Unearthed at Roman Necropolis in France

Archaeologists discovered a group of shackled skeletons in an ancient Roman burial ground in southwestern France, near the site of long-ago gladiatorial battles.

alcohol evolution

Ability to Digest Alcohol Played Key Role in Human Evolution

Researchers have found that human ancestors developed the ability to digest alcohol around 10 million years ago—and it may have been key to their survival.

polish vampire

The Truth About Poland’s “Vampire” Burials

A new study finds that men and women buried as vampires in 17th and 18th century Poland were not—as previously believed—immigrants to the region.

shakespeare first folio

One of Shakespeare’s Rare First Folios Discovered in French Library

Librarians in the town of St.-Omer, France, recently discovered a first folio of William Shakespeare’s plays, which are among the rarest books in the world.

Can scientists clone a woolly mammoth?

Can Scientists Clone a Woolly Mammoth? Should They?

Scientists seeking to clone the long-extinct woolly mammoth may have found the best hope yet of achieving their controversial goal.

prehistoric footprints

Archaeologists Uncover 5,000-Year-Old Human Footprints in Denmark

Scientists excavating a site on the Danish island of Lolland recently uncovered two sets of footprints that they believe were made by Stone Age fishermen.

iran hostage crisis

35 Years Later, Looking Back at the Iran Hostage Crisis

In November 1979, a group of Iranian students stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, beginning a 444-day ordeal that marked America’s first clash with militant Islam.