History Stories
Experts Stunned By CT Scan of Tiny Mummy
January 9, 2017

When medical experts recently scanned a tiny Egyptian mummy—thought to contain the remains of a hawk—they were shocked to discover it was actually a mummified human baby. Read More

Archaeologists Identify Mummified Legs as Queen Nefertari’s
December 8, 2016

Archaeologists say a pair of dismembered, mummified legs found inside an ancient Egyptian tomb are most likely those of the famed Queen Nefertari, consort of King Ramses II. Read More

Ancient DNA Tells Story of Native American Devastation
April 7, 2016

By analyzing the DNA of the earliest Americans, a new study confirms the devastating impact of European contact on the indigenous peoples of the New World. Read More

Baby Found Hidden in Coffin of Mummified Swedish Bishop
June 24, 2015

A CT scan has revealed the tiny body of a premature baby tucked under the feet of a Lutheran bishop’s 336-year-old mummified remains. Read More

Scientists Reveal Inside Story of Ancient Egyptian Animal Mummies
May 12, 2015

British scientists have uncovered a secret at the heart of ancient Egypt’s large cache of animal mummies—many of them contain no animal remains at all. Read More

The John Wilkes Booth Mummy That Toured America
April 17, 2015

Decades after his reported death, John Wilkes Booth had a second box-office career when his purported mummy became a carnival attraction. Read More

CT Scan Reveals Mummified Monk Inside Ancient Buddha Statue
February 24, 2015

A medical examination of a 1,000-year-old Buddha statue has revealed a shocking surprise hidden inside. Read More

Egyptian Cemetery May Contain a Million Mummies
December 19, 2014

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

Europe’s Oldest Natural Mummy Has Living Relatives
October 15, 2013

The 5,300-year-old body of Ötzi the Iceman was discovered in the Italian Alps in 1991. Now, scientists have discovered he has at least 19 living Austrian descendants. Read More

Ancient Egyptian Mummification Practices Revisited by New Study
March 26, 2013

A new study casts doubt on ancient historians’ descriptions of the mummification process. Read More