History Stories
Why Many Famous Figures Feared They’d Be Buried Alive
November 13, 2017

For centuries, people were terrified of being buried alive—for good reason. Read More

Poland’s Sickle-Wearing Corpses Not Vampire Burials
December 22, 2015

According to a new study, sickles were placed around the throats of the dead in a Polish cemetery not to guard against suspected vampires but to ward off evil demons. Read More

Harvard’s Colonial-Era Body-Snatching Club
October 30, 2015

As Halloween approaches, read about a secret club of 18th-century Harvard medical students who snatched bodies from graveyards for their anatomy studies. Read More

Iron Age Graves in Britain Yield Hybrid Animals and Human Sacrifice
July 22, 2015

Archaeologists excavating one of the oldest settlements in Britain have discovered the buried remains of bizarre animal hybrids, as well as an apparent human sacrifice. Read More

After 400 Years, Investigators Find Remains of Cervantes, Don Quixote’s Creator
March 19, 2015

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. Read More

Ancient Mortuary That Boiled, Defleshed Corpses Unearthed
February 26, 2015

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient mortuary complex used to ritually strip human corpses of their flesh near Bolivia’s Lake Titicaca. 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

The Truth About Poland’s “Vampire” Burials
December 2, 2014

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. Read More

Amphipolis Tomb May Belong to Alexander the Great’s Mother
September 25, 2014

A pair of caryatids--or pillars made of sculpted female figures--found at the massive Greek burial complex may hint at the identity of the tomb’s occupant. Read More

700-Year-Old Skeletons Found Holding Hands
September 22, 2014

Archeologists excavating the Chapel of St. Morrell in England have uncovered a pair of skeletons that have been holding hands for the past 700 years. Read More