Over several decades beginning in 1607, Jamestown nearly collapsed multiple times as colonists succumbed to disease and famine.
We sometimes think human prehistory was much more peaceful than today. But archaeological evidence suggests otherwise.
One of the most important archaeological discoveries in British history, the Sutton Hoo ship burial contained a hoard of Anglo-Saxon artifacts that transformed our understanding of the "Dark Ages."
More than 5500 artifacts have been brought up since the first salvage trip to the 'Titanic' wreckage in 1987.
From massive shadow serpents to spectacular sunrises, here are some mesmerizing sites that align with the vernal equinox and herald the first day of spring.
Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated ‘Endurance’ sunk 107 years ago near Antarctica, kicking off one of the most thrilling survival stories of all time.
Roughly 1500 years ago, someone in Sicily suffered from intestinal worms. Here’s why researchers are excited about that.
Were they all executed criminals, or were some decapitated after death (possibly to prevent haunting)? Researchers aren’t sure.
Stuffed with gold, silver, and precious jewels, these fabulous hoards were buried by people who forgot to retrieve them.
From Universal Orlando's wild (and usually inoperable) 'Jaws' ride of the '90s to the very real—and very captive—tiger shark that threw up a human arm and sparked a 1935 murder investigation, the Mental Floss team is sharing some of our favorite stories f
The Stone Age timeline encompasses a huge chunk of prehistory—and life wasn’t only about hunting and gathering.
Over the centuries, relic fragments of what are said to be St. Nick’s bones have been acquired by an impressive number of churches around the world.
From those famous horned helmets to the vaunted fiery funerals, we're busting your favorite Viking misconceptions.
Stonehenge is there, of course. So are Iron Age farms, Bronze Age burial mounds, Industrial Age coal mines, and more.
The Sutton Hoo ship burial excavation was meticulously captured by two amateur photographers. Now, you can see their work online.
The skeleton, unearthed at an archaeological site near Japan’s Seto Inland Sea, had almost 800 injuries.
Hundreds—even thousands—of years ago, Native American peoples built complex and mysterious earthworks. Here are 11 you can visit for a glimpse into prehistory.
Humans have been building temples for over 10,000 years. Luckily for history lovers, many of those ancient, sacred sites still exist.
Scientists have uncovered ancient fossils, prehistoric artwork, and other clues to human evolution. Here are nine of the most revealing discoveries that have changed our understanding of our early ancestors—and ourselves.
The Underground Railroad conductor honed her wilderness skills around the cabin her father built in the 1840s.
The free Baalbek Reborn app transports armchair travelers to the year 215 CE to see some of the Roman Empire’s most ambitious buildings.
Scientists and historians have made incredible finds—from the oldest human-made art to long-lost shipwrecks—in the 20 years since Mental Floss began.
The Great Pyramid, the Great Sphinx, and the rest of the Giza Plateau’s many wonders are a few clicks away.
London's mudlarks hunt for treasures in the River Thames's tidal sands, finding everything from Roman pottery to human bones.