As a series that fuses science and history together, Secrets of the Dead’s goal is to share stories of discovery that have used science to unravel the past. Science provides a unique lens through which to view history and it is as much about the exploration as it is the final results and findings.
A certain people in medieval Yorkshire were so afraid of the dead that they chopped, smashed and burned their skeletons to make sure they stayed in their graves.
Archaeologists from Egypt and Germany have discovered the remains of an ancient Egyptian statue they believe could depict one of history's most famous rulers.
A study of bodies buried at the site known as Pueblo Bonito at Chaco Canyon in New Mexico suggests power was passed down through a female line between the year 800 and 1130.
Leicester Cathedral made Book of Hours, Richard III’s personal prayer book, available online. The original manuscript rests in Lambeth Palace Library with restricted access due to its fragile condition.
An excavation led by Hebrew University and the Israel Antiquities Authority announced the discovery of a new Dead Sea Scroll-related cave at Qumran, in the West Bank. It’s the 12th cave to be identified and the first to be excavated in more than 60 years.
The wife of President Theodore Roosevelt Alice died during childbirth on Valentines Day, 133 years ago. She was only 22 years old. President Roosevelt wrote in his diary, “The light has gone out of my life.”
Researchers say a dagger entombed alongside the mummy of Egyptian teenage king Tutankhamun was “made from meteorite iron.” The knife was one of a pair of daggers discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1925. King Tut was mummified more than 3,300 years ago.
An art detective in Italy thinks that Leonardo da Vinci used two models to create the face of Mona Lisa: a woman and a man.
Archaeologists unearthed a mosaic featuring a reclining skeleton holding a drink with the Greek inscription: “Be cheerful, enjoy life.” It was discovered during excavations along the Syrian border province of Hatay, which boasts Turkey’s largest collection of ancient mosaics.