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An artist's rendering of a Viking woman in a fortress

Have Archaeologists Discovered a Lost Viking Stronghold?

Start excavating a site known as Hangman's Hill, and...
7,422m Yangra Kangri aka Ganesh I.

Forgotten 7,000’ers: Yangra Kangri

In Nepal, there are 86 peaks (including sub-peaks) between...
Himalchuli at sunrise.

Forgotten 7,000’ers: Himalchuli

In Nepal, there are 86 peaks (including sub-peaks) between...
a blurry satellite photo with a red arrow pointing to an object

‘Ships In Every Shadow’: Arctic Detective Uses Satellites to Search for Treasure

As the doomed men of the Franklin expedition abandoned...
a woman with blue paint on her face

DNA Unravels Origin of Ancient Picts

DNA-based research continues to shake long-held beliefs transmitted to...
Shartse.

Forgotten 7,000’ers: Shartse

In Nepal, there are 86 peaks (including sub-peaks) between...
an illustration on parchment of a king

Holy Crap! The Erfurt Latrine Disaster of 1184

“Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is...
Mt. Gya seen from Karzok.

Mount Gya: First Ascent of a Confusing Peak

In the Indian Himalaya, the best-known mountains are 8,586m...
a partial lunar eclipse

Medieval Astronomers Shed Light on Thousand-Year-Old Volcanic Eruptions

Close observers of the moon in the 12th and...
black and white portrait of Cleveland and Rasmussen

George Cleveland: The Largest Nose in the Arctic

In the early 1920s, Hudson’s Bay Company trader George...
Navajo man with horse

Horses Transformed Native American Life Earlier Than Thought, Study Says

There's arguably no image of the American West more...
a Bryde's whale eating at the surface

Four Rescued After Whale Sinks Sailboat in Mid-Pacific

Captain Rick Rodriguez and his crew of three spent...
fanny bullock workman

Great Explorers: Fanny Bullock Workman

In honor of International Women’s Day, we explore the...
An artists imagining of Roman soldiers marching to battle.

Exploration Mysteries: Disappearance of the Ninth Legion

The Ninth Roman Legion, or Legio IX Hispana, was...
Kangchenjunga early in the morning viewed from Tiger Hill, Darjeeling.

Kangchenjunga 1991: ‘See and Remember, Do and Understand’

The third highest mountain in the world, 8,586m Kangchenjunga...
The USS Albacore.

Famous World War II Submarine Found Off Japan

The U.S. Navy has confirmed that a shipwreck found...
a roman carving of a phallus

Dildo, Pestle, or Torture Tool? Historians Ponder Uses Of Ancient Roman Phallus

Historians taking a closer look at a 2,000-year-old "darning...
boneyard planes

Transport Cemeteries: Where Machines Go to Die

Where do machines go to die? Much like humans,...
Everest, left, dominates the view from the summit of Pumori.

Climbers Head to Pumori This Spring

Everest's Daughter, as 7,161m Pumori is often called, casts...
treasure chest with gold coins

The World’s Most Valuable Buried Treasures: Their Value and How They Were Discovered

We explore some of the most valuable treasure hoards...
A Viking longboat replica at sunset

Dog-and-Pony Show: Vikings Brought Domesticated Animals Along on British Conquests

Picture the effort and inconvenience of traveling with a...
egypt mummy

How Did the Ancient Egyptians Make Mummies? Through Global Trade

These days, we tend to use the word globalization...

Yasuo Kato, a Samurai on Everest: Winter 1982

From its first ascent in 1953 to the end...
polar history

Vintage Photos of Polar Exploration — In Living Color

It's easy for many historical purists to dismiss the...

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