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Six men caught looting historical artifacts from an ancient desert cave in Israel last weekend may have been searching for undiscovered Dead Sea Scrolls.
Archaeologists discovered a group of shackled skeletons in an ancient Roman burial ground in southwestern France, near the site of long-ago gladiatorial battles.
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.
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.
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.
Scientists seeking to clone the long-extinct woolly mammoth may have found the best hope yet of achieving their controversial goal.
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.
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.
The classic Japanese science fiction film “Gojira,” about a prehistoric monster brought back to life by nuclear testing, made its debut on November 3, 1954.
New research into Amelia Earhart’s 1937 disappearance yields a breakthrough with the positive identification of a piece of the famed aviator’s plane.
Archaeologists working along the Volga River in Russia have uncovered the remains of a 750-year-old city ruled by the descendants of Mongol warrior Genghis Khan.
Using material extracted from a fossilized thigh bone found in Siberia, scientists have reconstructed the genetic map of a man who lived some 45,000 years ago.
Find out more about the speech that resuscitated Abraham Lincoln’s political career and launched him towards the presidency, 160 years ago today.