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Why Archaeologists Are Excited About A Viking Comb loading...
Why Archaeologists Are Excited About A Viking Comb
It's a 1,000-year-old comb simply inscribed with the word "comb," but it may hold clues to the origins of the Viking Age.
Face of 9,000-Year-Old Teenager Reconstructed loading...
Face of 9,000-Year-Old Teenager Reconstructed
The meticulous process, based on a skull from a Greek cave, reveals how our facial features have changed over the millennia.
What Wiped Out The Aztecs? Scientists Find New Clues. loading...
What Wiped Out The Aztecs? Scientists Find New Clues.
Salmonella could be partially to blame for a 16th century epidemic that killed millions.
Maybe Rats Aren't To Blame For The Black Death loading...
Maybe Rats Aren't To Blame For The Black Death
A provocative new study suggests that medieval plagues spread via fleas and lice on people.
What If Martin Luther King Jr. Was Never Assassinated? loading...
What If Martin Luther King Jr. Was Never Assassinated?
In weighing the question, historians unravel how Americans construct King’s legacy—and how we conceive of civil rights in our own time.
Ancient Throne And Ceremonial Hall Unearthed In Peru loading...
Ancient Throne And Ceremonial Hall Unearthed In Peru
The two-chambered complex would have held Moche ceremonies.
115 Years Ago, This Arctic Expedition Ended In Disaster loading...
115 Years Ago, This Arctic Expedition Ended In Disaster
On the 130th anniversary of National Geographic's founding, see what happened during an attempt to reach the North Pole.
These Beautiful Antique Photos Were Made With Potato Starch loading...
These Beautiful Antique Photos Were Made With Potato Starch
These incredible photos were created thanks to potato starch.
Chance Blackbeard Discovery Reveals Pirate Reading Habits loading...
Chance Blackbeard Discovery Reveals Pirate Reading Habits
Tiny paper scraps from the 300-year-old wreck of Queen Anne's Revenge are traced to a 1712 adventure account from the South Seas.
Lost Native American Ancestor Revealed in Ancient Child’s DNA loading...
Lost Native American Ancestor Revealed in Ancient Child’s DNA
Study of 11,500-year-old bones offer surprising clues about the origins of New World genetic diversity.
Vintage Map Shows Santa's Journey Around the World loading...
Vintage Map Shows Santa's Journey Around the World
A time capsule in more ways than one, a 1955 map features dozens of Santas cavorting all over the world.
The Elegant Waltz Was Once Vienna’s Forbidden Dance loading...
The Elegant Waltz Was Once Vienna’s Forbidden Dance
A holiday highlight in The Nutcracker Suite, the waltz had surprisingly scandalous origins in the 18th century.

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