World History

Amphitheater excavations uncovered a set of fancifully carved bone flutes.

First City in the New World?

Peru's Caral suggests civilization emerged in the Americas 1,000 years earlier than experts believed

One of the most striking arrays of Neolithic monuments in Britain, the Ring of Brodgar is on the Orkney Islands off the coast of Scotland. Dating from about 2500 B.C., the ring's stones form a perfect circle 340 feet in diameter. (The tallest of the surviving stones is 14 feet high.) A ditch surrounding the ring, dug out of bedrock, is 33 feet wide and 11 feet deep. Archaeologist Colin Renfrew, who partially excavated the site in 1973, estimates the ditch would have required 80,000 man-hours to dig.

Romancing the Stones

Who built the great megaliths and stone circles of Great Britain, and why? Researchers continue to puzzle and marvel over these age-old questions

A year after the eruption, the effects were felt in the northeastern United States, where vital corn crops withered from killing frosts.

Blast from the Past

The eruption of Mount Tambora killed thousands, plunged much of the world into a frightful chill and offers lessons for today


Kon Artist?

Though evidence against his theory grew, Kon-Tiki sailor Thor Heyerdahl never steered from his course



Historian Diana Preston presents findings about the Lusitania and draws on recently discovered interviews to bring the drama to life


Wittgenstein's Ghost

When two philosophers nearly came to blows, they defined a debate that rages a half century later


Rising Sun

Opening this month on Alexandria's Mediterranean waterfront, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina reflects the spirit of its ancient forebear

The legendary Moai statues have fascinated modern civilization since their discovery.

The Secrets of Easter Island

The more we learn about the remote island from archaeologists and researchers, the more intriguing it becomes


Trouble in Paradise

The idyllic Mediterranean retreat of Corsica also harbors homegrown terrorists, bent on achieving the island's secession from France


Crazy for Bears

Introduced as a toy nearly a century ago, the ever popular teddy bear has become a prized collectible the world over


Forever Young

The recently renovated Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, where the gifted teenager hid from the Nazis, celebrates her legacy


Viva Vintage

As Fidel looks the other way, classic capitalist cars brighten Cuba's dreary streets and byways


The Case of the Purloined Pots

In the deserts of the Southwest, pothunters are stealing a priceless heritage of ancient Native American art


Samuel Pepys' London Chronicles

The candid diarist portrays the ravages of fire and plague, the bawdy court of Charles II, and his own romps with maids

International Spy Museum

For Your Eyes Only

Keith Melton's museum contains the finest collection of espionage paraphernalia anywhere—and it's so secret we can't even tell you where it's located


The False Step

Three black granite statues of the pharaoh Senusret III, c. 1850 BC

Eternal Egypt

A landmark traveling exhibition features masterworks from the British Museum's collection of ancient Egyptian art

A CARE Package shipped in 1948

Aid in Small Boxes

In 1996, commemorating 50 years of relief work, CARE gave the Smithsonian its own package


The World According to Wells

Best-known for sci-fi classics like The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells became one of the most controversial writers of his day


Winston Churchill in America

His travels and ties nurtured the special relationship between the United States and Britain

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