World History

Between 6 B.C. and A.D. 4, Roman legions established bases on the Lippe and Weser rivers.

The Ambush That Changed History

An amateur archaeologist discovers the field where wily Germanic warriors halted the spread of the Roman Empire

A U.S. official noted the "amaraderie and trust among these guys—the Peace Brothers"(Rabin, Mubarak, Hussein, Clinton and Arafat).

Ties That Bind

At last, all parties were ready to make peace in the Middle East. Whoops ... Not So Fast

In the Nigerian village of Tajaé, a woman named Rakany (with her great-grandson) says she was given as a slave to her owner when she was an infant. She is now 80 years old.

Born into Bondage

Despite denials by government officials, slavery remains a way of life in the African nation of Niger


War Stories

Remembering the sound and fury—and the joy—of the end of World War II


It's Over

We asked readers to tell us where they were and how they reacted to the news that World War II had ended. And what a response we got!


Glyph Dweller

Archaeologist Alanah Woody's infectious enthusiasm for Nevada's rock art knows no bounds

Tut's head, scanned in .62-millimeter slices to register its intricate structures, takes on eerie detail in the resulting image. With Tut's entire body similarly recorded, a team of specialists in radiology, forensics, and anatomy began to probe the secrets that the winged goddess of a gilded burial shrine protected for so long.

King Tut: The Pharaoh Returns!

An exhibition featuring the first CT scans of the boy king's mummy tells us more about Tutankhamun than ever before

Mexicans entering the United States

Cross Purposes

Mexican immigrants are defying expectations in this country-and changing the landscape back home

The artifacts of the Pig War speak of peace: even these British Minié balls were discarded without having been fired.

Boar War

A marauding hog bites the dust in a border dispute between the United States and Britain that fails to turn ugly

"It's a plastered skull!" shouted anthropologist Basak Boz (with the artifact). To researchers, who have documented more than 400 human burials at Catalhoyuk, the find is evidence of a prehistoric artistic and spiritual awakening.

The Seeds of Civilization

Why did humans first turn from nomadic wandering to villages and togetherness? The answer may lie in a 9,500-year-old settlement in central Turkey

George Frideric Handel by Balthasar Denner

Fatal Triangle

How a dark tale of love, madness and murder in 18th-century London became a story for the ages


Emerging From Caves

Science suffers a setback—and leads to a breakthrough


Hearing Aid

A trove of recorded sounds preserves everything from tree frog calls to murmurs of the heart


Swords and Sandals

In Libya, again open to U.S. travelers after more than two decades, archaeologists have uncovered spectacular mosaics of the glories of Rome

The prime minister oversaw the war from a London bunker (the Cabinet War Rooms, above, adjacent to the new Churchill Museum) and from the field. In 1909, at age 35, he had already expressed an ardent desire to "have some practice in the handling of large forces."

Contemplating Churchill

On the 40th anniversary of the wartime leader's death, historians are reassessing the complex figure who carried Britain through its darkest hour


Second Thoughts

Things are not always what they seem

At 23.1 carats, the gem is one of the largest Burmese rubies in the world.

Romance And The Stone

A rare Burmese ruby memorializes a philanthropic woman

An animal shelter the author started in 2004 cares for Kabul's stray dogs and cats (including this mother and her pups being treated by veterinarian Mohammed Yasin).

Assignment Afghanistan

From keeping tabs on the Taliban to saving puppies, a reporter looks back on her three years covering a nation's struggle to be reborn

Each evening in northern Uganda, children by the thousands leave their huts to trek to safe havens to avoid fanatical rebels.

Uganda: The Horror

In Uganda, tens of thousands of children have been abducted, 1.6 million people herded into camps and thousands of people killed


The Aztecs: Blood and Glory

A new exhibition probes the contradictions of an advanced civilization that practiced human sacrifice

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