History

Mural of people helping someone on a stretcher

Discovering an icon in plain sight

A history grad student’s research leads to the discovery of Black nurse Biddy Mason in Depression-era murals.

Temple of Bel photo

Destroyed ancient temple now open for virtual exploration

The UC San Diego Library digitally reconstructs the famed Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria, five years after its destruction.

Annie Coker graduate photo

Legacy of Berkeley Law’s first Black female graduate lives on

Alumna Annie Coker is a little known, but important figure in history — the first Black woman in California to become a lawyer.

Saqqara, an ancient burial ground

Walking through ancient Egypt with 3-D technology

Elaine Sullivan takes a fresh look at the ancient Egyptian burial site of Saqqara with some tantalizing new tools.

Charles Reichmann

How the discovery of a racist speech led to the denaming of Berkeley’s Boalt Hall

Charles Reichmann made an unexpected discovery while investigating the debate around Chinese immigration in the 1870s.

Moai statues

The mystery of Easter Island revealed?

Rapanui people likely believed the ancient monoliths helped food grow on the Polynesian island, study says.

Pyramid in Egypt

Shedding a new light on Egyptian mummies

Berkeley Lab teams work with Cairo University researchers to study soil and bone samples dating back 4,000 years.

Arpanet diagram

Lo and behold: The internet

On this day 50 years ago, the internet was born.

G. Cristina Mora speaks at a UC Berkeley rally

What’s in a name? How the concepts of Hispanic and Latino identity emerged

UC Berkeley sociologist G. Cristina Mora explains the origins of the identity we celebrate during Hispanic Heritage Month.

Lots of feet sticking out of bed illustration

The bizarre social history of beds

Today beds are synonymous with privacy. But they were once where travelers hunkered down with complete strangers.

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