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February 3, 2023, 4:18 PM

Shlomo Perel, Holocaust survivor, film subject, dies at 98

Shlomo Perel, who survived the Holocaust through surreal subterfuge and an extraordinary odyssey that inspired his own writing and an internationally renowned film, has died
February 3, 2023, 4:18 PM
February 3, 2023, 3:19 PM

Once-in-a-hundred-lifetimes find

A man in the U.K. has unearthed a 24-karat gold pendant and chain that experts say may be linked to King Henry VIII’s first wife! ABC News’ Will Ganss explains what he plans to do next.
February 3, 2023, 3:19 PM
Once-in-a-hundred-lifetimes find
January 27, 2023, 10:38 PM

Relics found in 23 lead boxes in Mexico City cathedral

Experts restoring the interior of Mexico City's Roman Catholic cathedral say they have found 23 lead boxes containing religious inscriptions and relics like small paintings and wood or palm crosses
January 27, 2023, 10:38 PM
Relics found in 23 lead boxes in Mexico City cathedral
January 26, 2023, 7:03 PM

Egypt discovers 4,300-year-old tombs in ancient burial ground

Egyptologist Zahi Hawass said one mummy “may be the oldest and most complete mummy found in Egypt to date.”
January 26, 2023, 7:03 PM
Egypt discovers 4,300-year-old tombs in ancient burial ground
January 26, 2023, 6:28 PM

Egypt discovers 4,300-year-old tombs in ancient burial ground

Egypt on Thursday said it uncovered several 4,300-year-old tombs in Saqqara as it continues a series of discoveries in the ancient burial ground.
January 26, 2023, 6:28 PM
Egypt discovers 4,300-year-old tombs in ancient burial ground
January 23, 2023, 6:42 PM

Ancient fresco among 60 treasures returned to Italy from US

The fresco is from a city destroyed along with Pompeii by the Vesuvius eruption.
January 23, 2023, 6:42 PM
January 18, 2023, 6:54 PM

New photographs of Warsaw Ghetto found in family collection

The photographs were taken in secret during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943.
January 18, 2023, 6:54 PM
January 18, 2023, 1:53 PM

Berlin museums ready to return skulls from African ex-colony

The vast majority of the skulls originate from burial sites.
January 18, 2023, 1:53 PM
January 17, 2023, 4:39 PM

Norway archaeologists find 'world's oldest runestone'

Archaeologists have found a runestone which they claim is the world’s oldest.
January 17, 2023, 4:39 PM
Norway archaeologists find 'world's oldest runestone'
1 month ago

Builders uncover Jewish WWII trove in yard in Poland

Media reports say about 400 items believed to have been hidden in the ground by their Jewish owners during World War II have been uncovered during house renovation work in a yard in Lodz in central Poland
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Looted ancient sarcophagus returned to Egypt from US

Egyptian officials say an ancient wooden sarcophagus that was featured at the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences has been returned to Egypt after U.S. authorities determined it was looted years ago
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Looted ancient sarcophagus returned to Egypt from US
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From fossils discovered in Mongolia to 19th century shipwrecks, some of the biggest discoveries of the year

Scientists have made remarkable findings this year in the fields of archeology and paleontology.
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Some of the best discoveries of 2022
2 months ago

Israeli archaeologists excavating 'Jesus midwife' tomb

The Israeli antiquities authority says archaeologists are excavating an ancient tomb traditionally associated with Jesus’s midwife in the hills southwest of Jerusalem
2 months ago
Israeli archaeologists excavating 'Jesus midwife' tomb
2 months ago

Historic ship resurfaces on Utah's shrinking Great Salt Lake

The wreckage of a ship that first set sail on Utah's Great Salt Lake 120 years ago can now be observed as the water body reaches historic lows.
2 months ago
Historic ship resurfaces on Utah's shrinking Great Salt Lake
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Pricey pants from 1857 go for $114k, raise Levi's questions

Pulled from a sunken trunk at an 1857 shipwreck off the coast of North Carolina, work pants that auction officials describe as the oldest known pair of jeans in the world have sold for $114,000
2 months ago
Pricey pants from 1857 go for $114k, raise Levi's questions
2 months ago

Buried 19th-century shipwreck likely uncovered by hurricanes on Florida beach

The wreckage of a cargo-carrying sailing vessel from the 1800s is believed to have been discovered on Florida's east coast in the wake of Hurricanes Ian and Nicole.
2 months ago
Buried shipwreck likely uncovered by hurricanes
2 months ago

Hawaii remembrance draws handful of Pearl Harbor survivors

A handful of centenarian survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor gathered at the scene in Hawaii to commemorate those who perished 81 years ago in the Japanese bombing
2 months ago
Hawaii remembrance to draw handful of Pearl Harbor survivors
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Oldest DNA reveals life in Greenland 2 million years ago

Scientists have discovered the oldest known DNA.
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Scientists discover oldest known DNA
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Czech museum to return original Beethoven score to heirs

A musical manuscript handwritten by Ludwig van Beethoven is getting returned to the heirs of the richest family in pre-World War II Czechoslovakia, whose members had to flee the country to escape the Holocaust
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Czech museum to return original Beethoven score to heirs
2 months ago

Greco-Roman funerary building, mummy portraits discovered in Egypt

The building and the paintings, which are famously known as the Fayoum portraits, date back to the Ptolemaic and Roman eras.
2 months ago
Stunning Roman-era paintings uncovered in Egypt
2 months ago

Scientists discover fossils of new predatory dinosaur species in Mongolia

Scientists have discovered the fossils of a new predatory dinosaur.
2 months ago
Scientists discover new predatory dinosaur species
2 months ago

Naomi Biden nuptials mark return of the White House wedding

President Joe Biden’s eldest granddaughter, Naomi Biden, married Peter Neal on the South Lawn on Saturday.
2 months ago
Biden White House wedding marks 19th in history
2 months ago

Honoring generational legacy and Black cowboy culture

The Jackson family has a history spanning five generations of rodeo champions.
2 months ago
Honoring generational legacy and Black cowboy culture
3 months ago

Collection of love letters written by Dylan sold for $670K

A collection of touching and sometimes prescient personal letters written by a young Bob Dylan to a high school girlfriend has been sold at auction to a renowned Portuguese bookshop for nearly $670,000
3 months ago
Collection of love letters written by Bob Dylan sold for $670K
3 months ago

Maradona 'Hand of God' World Cup ball sold for $2.4M

The ball punched in by Diego Maradona for his “Hand of God” goal at the 1986 World Cup has been sold at auction for nearly $2.4 million by the referee who missed soccer’s most famous handball
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Efforts launched to recover the history and identities of the nation's 1st Black Marines

Many are on a mission to find the first Black Marines that were established in 1942 as the Montford Point Marines.
3 months ago
Recovering the history and identities of the country's 1st Black Marines
3 months ago

Section of destroyed shuttle Challenger found on ocean floor

The piece was found buried in sand at the bottom of the Atlantic 36 years later.
3 months ago
Piece of destroyed shuttle Challenger discovered 36 years later
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University returning 1,500 artifacts to Oneida Indian Nation

Colgate University is returning to the Oneida Indian Nation more than 1,500 items buried with ancestral remains
3 months ago
University returning 1,500 artifacts to Oneida Indian Nation
3 months ago

Greek museum displays 1st batch of artworks recouped from US

For decades, an important part of Greece’s cultural heritage sparkled only for the very few in a U.S. billionaire’s private collection, until a groundbreaking deal for its gradual return to Athens
3 months ago
Greek museum displays 1st batch of artworks recouped from US
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T rex skull unearthed in South Dakota to be auctioned in NY

A Tyrannosaurus rex skull is expected to sell for $15 million or more at auction in New York next month
3 months ago
T rex skull unearthed in South Dakota to be auctioned in NY
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King Tut and his treasures come alive for a high-def age

A new exhibit celebrating King Tut is about to land in several cities with a very modern twist, taking a digital look at the boy king for the Instagram age
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Thomas Cahill, popular history writer, dead at 82

Thomas Cahill, a scholar of ancient languages and belief systems with a knack for popular storytelling who engaged history readers with such bestsellers as “How the Irish Saved Civilization” and “Desire of the Everlasting Hills,” has died at age 82
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Civil War relics found as Mississippi River water levels drop

A drought has caused water levels to reach record lows.
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Civil War relics found as Mississippi River water levels drop
4 months ago

Actress Anna May Wong is 1st Asian American to appear on US currency

Actress Anna May Wong, an actress who reached fame in the '20s and '30s, will be the first Asian American to appear on U.S. currency
4 months ago
Actress famous during the '20s and '30s will be 1st Asian American on US currency
4 months ago

Syria digs up 'rare' Roman mosaic in former rebel stronghold

Syria has uncovered a “rare” Roman mosaic in a former rebel stronghold
4 months ago
Syria digs up 'rare' Roman mosaic in former rebel stronghold
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Meet the scientist who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for evolution research

Swedish scientist Svante Pääbo won the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology this week for his work in evolution by extracting DNA from the bones of Neanderthals.
4 months ago
Meet the scientist who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine by studying Neanderthals
4 months ago

Massive mural of Harriet Tubman unveiled in chosen hometown of abolitionist

A huge mural honoring Harriet Tubman was unveiled in Auburn, New York, where the abolitionist and activist lived for most of her life.
4 months ago
Massive mural of Harriet Tubman unveiled in chosen hometown of abolitionist
5 months ago

Ken Burns speaks about his latest project, 'The US and the Holocaust'

Producers Ken Burns and Sarah Botstein sat down with ABC News to discuss their latest documentary for PBS, about U.S. attitudes and politics during the Holocaust.
5 months ago
Ken Burns’ series examines US response to Holocaust
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Scientists find evidence of oldest known surgical limb amputation that occurred 31,000 years ago

Scientists have discovered remarkable evidence to show that the first known successful limb amputation on a human occurred about 31,000 years ago.
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Scientists find evidence of oldest known surgical limb amputation
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New Jackie Robinson museum opening up in Manhattan

ABC News' Zohreen Shah gets an exclusive first look with two of the Dodgers' star players carrying on the legacy of one of baseball's most enduring trailblazers.
5 months ago
New Jackie Robinson museum opening up in Manhattan
5 months ago

Scorching, global drought has uncovered lost artifacts around the world

A scorching, global drought has uncovered lost artifacts around the world.
5 months ago
Global drought exposes lost artifacts around the world
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Dinosaur tracks from 113 million years ago become visible amid drought

Amid a drought, the Dinosaur Valley State Park has discovered dinosaur footprints that have historically been covered by water and sediment. They date back more than 113 million years.
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Dinosaur tracks from 113 million years ago become visible amid drought
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Dinosaur tracks from 113 million years ago discovered in Texas

Dinosaur footprints that have been covered by water and sediment were discovered in Texas' Dinosaur Valley State Park.
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Dinosaur tracks from 113 million years ago discovered in Texas
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Dinosaur tracks from 113M years ago have become visible amid drought

Dinosaur Valley State Park saw new tracks as a drought unveiled the age-old wonders.
5 months ago
Dinosaur tracks millions of years old appear amid drought
6 months ago

Severe European drought reveals sunken World War II warships on Danube River

Severe European drought reveals sunken World War II warships on Danube River.
6 months ago
Sunken World War II ships revealed on Danube River amid drought
6 months ago

Spanish 'Stonehenge' emerges amid drought

The emergence of a prehistoric stone circle from a reservoir after its waterline receded is an unexpected side effect of Spain's worst drought in decades.
6 months ago
Spanish 'Stonehenge' emerges amid drought
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Stolen artifacts sold to US collectors will be repatriated to Cambodia, officials say

Dozens of ancient works of art are being returned to Cambodia after they were seized by U.S. authorities.
6 months ago
Stolen artifacts sold to US collectors will be repatriated to Cambodia, officials say
6 months ago

Stolen artifacts sold to US collectors will be repatriated to Cambodia, officials say

"Souls of Cambodian culture repatriated, artifacts returned after smuggling and trafficking scheme.
6 months ago
Stolen artifacts sold to US collectors will be sent back to Cambodia, officials say
6 months ago

76 million-year-old dinosaur fossil sells at auction for $6.1 million

The Gorgosaurus, a relative of T. Rex, was privately auctioned during the Natural History auction in New York on July 28.
6 months ago
76 million-year-old dinosaur fossil sells at auction
8 months ago

Ancestry uses lost letters to reunite a former slave's family more than a century later

A woman's ancestral search ends with a former slave's prayer answered.
8 months ago
Ancestry uses lost letters to reunite a former slave's family over a century later