When we think of Neanderthals, many of us likely imagine the brutish, unintelligent cavemen that are often portrayed in children’s cartoons. Also, calling someone a Neanderthal is considered an insult. These images, it turns out, are pretty far from...
On a normal day in 12th century England, in the ordinary Suffolk village of Woolpit, something extraordinary happened. A pit that had been dug to trap wolves and keep them out of the village ended up trapping two children....
Florida archeologists have discovered the skeletal remains of several people beneath the floor of a wine store in America’s oldest city. When Hurricane Matthew blew through the east coast of Florida last October, it left behind some significant damage to...
Think your job is terrible? If you lived in the Middle Ages, your daily grind could have been incredibly disgusting or downright dangerous. Read on to discover some of the dirtiest jobs of the medieval era. Arming Squire Working as a...
The last population of woolly mammoths died out around 1650 BCE, but a team of researchers from Harvard University is hoping to bring back this extinct relative of the modern elephant. The scientists, led by Professor George Church, believe they...
People in the Victorian Era lived through a time of rapid change. The Industrial Revolution had swept most of the Western world, and many new inventions were being introduced. A lot of the new innovations were designed to make...
A little over 50 miles from Prague sits the medieval silver mining town of Kutna Hora. The city itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is quite charming, with its imposing Gothic churches and streets lined with architectural...
Charles VI, who became known to his subjects as “Charles the Mad,” ruled France from 1380 until his death in 1422. He inherited the throne at age 11, and for many years the handsome young king was quite popular....
Switzerland is well-known for being a neutral power. Its neutrality in both of the World Wars cemented that status, and in fact, it hasn’t fought in a foreign war for over 200 years. Also one of the few nations...
Most people already know the ill-fated story of the Titanic. The year was 1912. The ship was preparing for its first voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, from Southampton, England to New York City. Quite a sight to behold, it...
One day in September of 1991, a couple of German tourists hiking in the Alps almost literally stumbled upon something amazing - the remains of what turned out to be Europe’s oldest mummy. The figure’s lower body was partially...