Mystery of the Varna Gold: What Caused These Ancient Societies to Disappear?
Treasure found in prehistoric graves in Bulgaria is the first evidence of social hierarchy, but no one knows what caused the civilization's decline
The Evolutionary Secrets Within the Messel Pit
An amazing abundance of fossils in a bygone lake in Germany hints at the debt humans owe to animals that died out 48 million years ago
Pay No Attention to the Spies on the 23rd Floor
For years, the KGB secretly spied on visitors to the Hotel Viru in Estonia. A new museum reveals the fascinating time capsule and all the secrets within
The Unintended (and Deadly) Consequences of Living in the Industrialized World
Scientists believe dirt could explain why some of the wealthiest countries suffer from afflictions rarely seen in less-developed nations
That Time a German Prince Built an Artificial Volcano
A 18th century German prince visited Mt. Vesuvius and built a replica of it. 200 years later, a chemistry professor brings it back to life
The Cave Art Debate
The discovery of a 40,000-year old figurine reignites debate among archaeologists about the origins—and true purpose—of art
Spaceport at the Top of the World
How an ore-mining town in Sweden sees a new identity over the horizon.
Fate of the Cave Bear
The lumbering beasts coexisted with the first humans for tens of thousands of years and then died off. Why?
Can Auschwitz Be Saved?
Liberated in 1945, the Nazi concentration camp is one of Eastern Europe's most visited sites—and most fragile
Trekking Hadrian's Wall
A hike through Britain's second-century Roman past leads to spectacular views, idyllic villages and local brews
Around the Mall: Old Documentary on Western Tribes Restored
How a Film Helped Preserve a Native Culture
Gobekli Tepe: The World’s First Temple?
Predating Stonehenge by 6,000 years, Turkey's stunning Gobekli Tepe upends the conventional view of the rise of civilization
Raiders or Traders?
A replica Viking vessel sailing the North Sea has helped archaeologists figure out what the stalwart Norsemen were really up to
Return of the Beasts
Elephant seals descend on California beaches for breeding season
In rural Japan, stressed workers and tourists seek geothermal ease
How to Make a Dodo
Biologist Beth Shapiro has figured out a recipe for success in the field of ancient DNA research
Archaeologists unveil a 3-D model of the great city circa A.D. 400
450-year-old paintings on the exterior of monasteries and churches-now open again for worship-tell vivid tales of saints and prophets, heaven and hell
Archaeologists believe they have found the remains of the 16th century astronomer who revolutionized our view of the universe
Dresden's Crowning Glory
Sixty years after it was reduced to rubble by Allied bombing, the reconstructed Baroque Frauenkirche once again dominates the historic city's skyline