Is Judaism a Younger Religion Than Previously Thought?
A new book by an Israeli archaeologist makes the stunning claim that common Jewish practices emerged only a century or so before Jesus
Have Scholars Finally Deciphered a Mysterious Ancient Script?
Linear Elamite, a writing system used in what is now Iran, may reveal the secrets of a little-known kingdom bordering Sumer
The Secret Excavation of Jerusalem
A British aristocrat looking for the Ark of the Covenant launched history's most peculiar archaeological dig—and set off a crisis in the Middle East
Church Unearthed in Ethiopia Rewrites the History of Christianity in Africa
Archaeologists now can more closely date when the religion spread to the Aksumite Empire
Did Francis Drake Really Land in California?
New research suggests that one of the state’s greatest historians had a hand in perpetrating an infamous hoax
Joachim Gans, the First Practicing Jew to Set Foot in North America, Finally Gets His Due
The metallurgist came to the Roanoke settlement looking for raw materials to support the English war effort
Three Centuries After His Beheading, a Kinder, Gentler Blackbeard Emerges
Recent discoveries cast a different light on the most famous—and most feared—pirate of the early 18th century
Did Francis Drake Bring Enslaved Africans to North America Decades Before Jamestown?
The English privateer arrived on the Carolina coast after sacking Spanish lands in the Caribbean, but who, if anyone, did he leave behind?
A Crusader-Era High Altar Resurfaces in Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulcher
This reminder of centuries-old history was sitting in plain sight all along
After Claims of Animal Cruelty, Can the Circus Survive?
At the International Circus Festival in Monte Carlo, an unlikely figure is leading the charge to transform the circus for the 21st century
The Mystery of Roanoke Endures Yet Another Cruel Twist
An artifact found 20 years ago turns out to not be what archaeologists thought
Muslims Were Banned From the Americas as Early as the 16th Century
Long before today’s anxiety about terror attacks, Spain and England feared that enslaved Africans would be more susceptible to revolt if they were Muslim
How the Chicken Conquered the World
The epic begins 10,000 years ago in an Asian jungle and ends today in kitchens all over the world
The Fall of Zahi Hawass
Removed as minister of antiquities, the high profile archaeologist no longer holds the keys to 5,000 years of Egyptian history
Fort Monroe’s Lasting Place in History
Famous for accepting escaped slaves during the Civil War, the Virginia base also has a history that heralds back to Jamestown
Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls?
Resolving the dispute over authorship of the ancient manuscripts could have far-reaching implications for Christianity and Judaism
Isfahan: Iran's Hidden Jewel
Once the dazzling capital of ancient Persia,Isfahan fell victim to neglect, but a new generation hopes to restore its lost luster
Bodies of Evidence in Southeast Asia
Excavations at a cemetery in a Thai village reveal a 4,000-year-old indigenous culture
Unearthing Egypt's Greatest Temple
Discovering the grandeur of the monument built 3,400 years ago
Down to Earth
Anthropologist Amber VanDerwarker is unraveling the mysteries of the ancient Olmec by figuring out what they ate