Historic ErasHistoric eras—including prehistory, ancient and modern history—represent time viewed through the lens of human events
Known for discovering oxygen, scientist Joseph Priestly also influenced the beliefs of our founding fathers.
February 09, 2009 | By Bruce Hathaway
A recently discovered pyramid and tomb in Egypt may shed light on a dark episode in a pharaonic tradition of court intrigue
February 03, 2009 | By Stephen Glain
Excavations at a cemetery in a Thai village reveal a 4,000-year-old indigenous culture
February 2009 | By Andrew Lawler
What’s behind the raucous pre-Lenten rite? An intrepid scholar hits the streets of Trinidad to find out
February 2009 | By Barbara Ehrenreich
A professor explains how new technology drastically altered the modern American family unit
January 29, 2009 | By Abigail Tucker
A portrait created by a graphic designer ended up becoming the icon for the Obama campaign and an international phenomenon
January 14, 2009 | By Megan Gambino
January 2009 | By Anika Gupta
The long-forgotten art form receives a long overdue renaissance in an exhibit featuring centuries-old woven tapestries
December 23, 2008 | By Matthew Gurewitsch
In rural Connecticut, a 300-year-old nativity scene is brought back to life by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
December 08, 2008 | By Courtney Jordan
In Istanbul, secularists and fundamentalists clash over restoring the nearly 1,500 year-old structure
December 2008 | By Fergus M. Bordewich
The watercolors that John White produced in 1585 gave England its first startling glimpse of America
December 2008 | By Abigail Tucker
Author Sharon Waxman digs into the tangle over looted artifacts between the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Turkish government
November 14, 2008 | By Sharon Waxman
The author and 'This American Life' correspondent talks about her book on the colonies' early religious leaders
November 04, 2008 | By Amanda Bensen
Predating Stonehenge by 6,000 years, Turkey's stunning Gobekli Tepe upends the conventional view of the rise of civilization
November 2008 | By Andrew Curry
The first dig in 44 years inside the stone circle changed our view of why—and even when—the monument was built
October 2008 | By Dan Jones
The seaweed may usually look greener on somebody else’s plate, but I’m unconvinced that 3-D movies are going to be better than 2-D, at least not anytime soon. Putting my technologically conservative notions to the test, I was invited to attend a screening of the new IMAX film Deep Sea 3-D.On enteri...
September 24, 2008 | By Jesse Rhodes
Ancient gold artifacts from Afghanistan, hidden for more than a decade, dazzle in a new exhibition
September 2008 | By Richard Covington
In spite of months of maternal showboating, Mei Xiang will not be bearing a panda cub this year. Experts at the National Zoo speculate that she either experienced another pseudopregnancy or lost an early-stage fetus that failed to develop. Having kept close tabs on Mei since her artificial insemina...
August 14, 2008 | By Jesse Rhodes
National Zoo darling Mei Xiang, who recently celebrated her tenth birthday, has kept mum about her maternal status. On March 20, Mei was anesthetized and artificially inseminated. She has since coyly toyed with her adoring public’s hopes for the pitter patter of panda paws.Over the course of her 20...
July 25, 2008 | By Jesse Rhodes
Bhutan Kitchen: 11 a.m. Dragon Drinks: Tea and Alcohol; 12:00 p.m. Cattle God's Gifts: Butter and Cheese; 1 p.m. Taste of Bhutan; 3 p.m. Buckwheat Noodles; 4 p.m. Festive Foods
Four Friends Narrative Stage: 11 a.m. The Four Friends Story; 11:45 a.m. Bhutanese Architecture; 12:30 p.m. Life of...
July 02, 2008 | By Beth Py-Lieberman