Archaeologists Find Royal Entryway To King Herod's Hilltop Palace

King Herod's most ambitious project was Herodium, a fortified palace on top of a hill in the Judean desert. Honeycombed with passages and chambers, it also became his mausoleum. Now, archaeologists have found a resplendent, 65-foot corridor to provide the royal entourage direct entry into the palace courtyard. » 12/19/14 8:20am 12/19/14 8:20am

Archaeologist Finds Artifacts Possibly Linked To Kings David And Solomon

Many scholars dismiss David and Solomon as mythical figures, arguing that kingdoms didn't exist in the region during the early Iron Age, when the events in the Bible supposedly took place. By a new discovery in southern Israel suggests there was more political complexity in the 10th century BC than previously thought. » 12/18/14 8:40am 12/18/14 8:40am

What a 9,000-Year-Old Mystery Taught Me About Honoring the Dead

Last month, I told a story for the podcast Story Collider about visiting an ancient city in central Turkey. It's about the mystery of why people living 9,000 years ago buried their dead underneath their beds — and the mystery of my father's recent death. If you've got a spare 10 minutes, give it a listen. » 12/11/14 1:36pm 12/11/14 1:36pm

​Engravings On A Shell Made 300,000 Years Before Humans Evolved

Archaeologist Stephen Munro nearly fell off his chair when he noticed patterns of straight lines purposefully etched on a fossilized clamshell. The engravings were half a million years old, which meant they'd been made by a Homo erectus—an extinct human species that predated Homo sapiens by upwards of 300,000 years. » 12/03/14 2:40pm 12/03/14 2:40pm