History Stories
CATEGORY: Exploration
Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki Voyage
October 6, 2014

On the 100th anniversary of Thor Heyerdahl’s birth, look back at his historic voyage across the Pacific on the primitive raft Kon-Tiki. Read More

Georgian-Era British Sailors Lived on Ample Meat and Beer, Study Shows
March 23, 2012

Sailors in the British Royal Navy ate better than working-class civilians 200 years ago, research suggests. Read More

First Woman to Circle the Globe Honored at Last
January 3, 2012

Scientists have finally named a species for botanist Jeanne Baret, who disguised herself as a man to become the first woman to circumnavigate the globe. Read More

Ancient Medicines From Shipwreck Shed Light on Life in Antiquity
July 14, 2011

Researchers have used DNA sequencing to unlock the secrets of 2,000-year-old medicines found in a shipwreck. Read More

Hammocks’ Rocking History
June 20, 2011

Hammocks, which new research has shown to help people sleep more quickly and deeply, have a long and rich history that goes back 1,000 years. Read More