When battles raged in ancient cities, their rocks blazed so brightly that they could be reoriented according to Earth's magnetic field.
A new study says the reason cave paintings are in such remote caverns was the artists' search for transcendence.
With almost every shovel of sand shifted in Egypt, another artifact comes to light.
Instead of worshipping Yahweh, the devotees were perhaps dedicated to Mars and Jupiter.
We got lucky with our evolutionary history.
There were many other species of human on the planet. Svante Pääbo discovered one of them.
"Spanish Stonehenge" contains 526 giant stones, three circular burial sites, a quarry, and four necropolises.
Advances in ancient DNA analysis gave researchers a new way to trace the movements of peoples across Eurasia.
From Ramses II to Alexander the Great, these leaders helped shaped the world we know today.
The “first-of-its-kind” archeological find is being reburied despite the fact that researchers haven’t finished studying it.
Bloodcurdling war cries, shrieking elephants, and whistling arrows all made soldiers flee in terror.
More than mindless bloodshed, the gladiatorial games were organized sports. Gladiators were treated as world-class athletes, receiving superior diets and medical care.
Horses pranced around the western hemisphere until they went extinct in the late Holocene. They were reintroduced by European colonists — though where, when, and how has remained unclear.
More than 300 years ago, a Spanish ship laden with unspeakable treasure sank after a battle. Because of greed, the treasure remains on the sea floor.
Long before tobacco arrived from the Americas, ancient civilizations in the Old World were getting high off hemp smoke and opium.
The architecture and infrastructure found may well have required the greatest amount of skilled labor of any construction from the same time period in the entire continent.
Unlike other world rulers, Genghis Khan was laid to rest not inside an elaborate mausoleum but an unmarked grave somewhere in Mongolia. Maybe.
Before gunpowder was introduced to the West, medieval Arabs devised grenades using crockery.
In the Canaan religion, Yahweh was a lesser god, who was assigned the land of Israel. Here's how he became "God Almighty."
The ancient Maya enjoyed filling their teeth with gemstones. A new study reveals how the procedure was done and how it didn't kill them.
Experimental archaeology is the practice of recreating past events using knowledge and tools available at the time. Sometimes, it involves elephants.
These astounding inventions show that civilizations of the past were a lot more advanced than we might have thought.
A recent advance in 3D imaging techniques helped spark the biggest ever discovery of North American cave art.
Was there an intelligent, technologically advanced species long before humans existed? Could there have been a dinosaur civilization?
Paintings played an important role in these ancient civilizations. Unfortunately, pigment is not nearly as durable as marble.