Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-history-archaeology/RSS feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenTue, 30 Sep 2014 20:15:37 +0000One Very Old Canoe Could Help Explain How Polynesian Sailors Colonized New Zealandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/centuries-old-new-zealand-canoe-gives-insight-polynesian-travel-180952895/New climate analysis and a very old canoe help researchers understand how the Polynesians got aroundTue, 30 Sep 2014 20:15:37 +0000Blood Vessels Left Imprint on 2,000 Year Old Mummyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/blood-vessels-left-imprint-2000-year-old-mummy-180952882/An Egyptian mummy's skull contains the imprint of blood vessels surrounding its brain Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:05:07 +0000More Women Have Reproduced Than Menhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/through-history-more-women-have-reproduced-men-180952840/A new study shows that more women than men have contributed to the human gene poolThu, 25 Sep 2014 14:45:12 +0000How Conversations Around Campfire Might Have Shaped Human Cognition And Culturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/late-night-conversations-around-fire-might-have-shaped-early-human-cognition-and-culture-180952790/We can perhaps thank campfire story time for getting us where we are todayMon, 22 Sep 2014 19:05:08 +0000One of the U.K.'s Most Extraordinary Artifacts Was Likely Made by Childrenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/children-were-likely-metal-workers-prehistoric-england-180952773/The intricate work found on a dagger in 1808 was likely done by childrenFri, 19 Sep 2014 17:10:20 +0000This Skeleton Couple Has Been Holding Hands for 700 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/skeleton-couple-has-been-holding-hands-700-years-180952762/The couple's remains are just one of the discoveries recently made in the "lost chapel" of St. MorrellFri, 19 Sep 2014 14:27:42 +0000Huge Structure in Israel Older Than Pyramidshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/huge-structure-israel-older-pyramids-180952748/The crescent-shaped stone pile may once have been a border marker Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:30:51 +0000The Waters Around San Francisco Conceal a Graveyard of Historic Shipshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/waters-around-san-francisco-conceal-graveyard-historic-ships-180952740/Hundreds of wrecks, potentially, await discovery and exploration Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:04:28 +0000Richard III Suffered Severe Head Wounds in Battlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/richard-iii-suffered-severe-head-wounds-battle-180952736/Analysis of the skeleton revels that he was likely not wearing a helmet when he died Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:53:52 +0000This Is How the Internet Reacted to Two Planes Crashing Into the WTC on 9/11/01http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-internet-reacted-two-planes-crashing-wtc-91101-180952675/The Metafilter page discussing 9/11 is still onlineThu, 11 Sep 2014 16:29:27 +0000Crowns, Beheadings, Rebellions—Bone Up on the History of Scottish Independence Before Next Week's Referendumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historical-roots-scotlands-referendum-180952659/A vote that could change the direction of Scotland's future is a little over a week awayWed, 10 Sep 2014 17:51:02 +0000Sir John Franklin’s Doomed Ship Just Turned Up in the Arctic After 170 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sir-john-franklins-doomed-ship-just-turned-arctic-after-170-years-180952658/The two ships disappeared in 1846 during a British expedition trying to map the Northwest PassageWed, 10 Sep 2014 13:54:01 +0000Summer Vacation Is Actually About City Kids, Not Farm Kidshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/summer-vacation-actually-about-city-kids-not-farm-kids-180952654/If school breaks were really scheduled around farming needs, then kids would be in the classroom during the summer months Tue, 09 Sep 2014 18:50:07 +0000Newly Discovered Viking Fortress Could Have Been a Launch Point for Invading Englandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-viking-fortress-could-have-been-launching-point-invading-england-180952648/The ring-shaped complex could have been used as a military training groundTue, 09 Sep 2014 15:56:26 +0000Peaches Were Domesticated in China 7,500 Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/peaches-domesticated-china-7500-years-ago-180952640/Preserved peach pits reveal the origins of this sweet fruitTue, 09 Sep 2014 14:37:25 +0000Case Solved on Jack the Ripper? Not So Fast http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/case-solved-jack-ripper-180952631/An author and a scientist claim to have proven the identity of the notorious 19th century killer, but others say the evidence is lackingMon, 08 Sep 2014 13:20:03 +0000Restoration Of Egypt’s Oldest Pyramid May Be Harming ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/restoration-egypts-oldest-pyramid-may-be-harming-it-180952602/Efforts to save the Pyramid of Djoser could be making things worseThu, 04 Sep 2014 13:58:07 +0000Dry Grass Hints That Stonehenge Was Once a Whole Circlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dry-grass-indicates-stonehenge-was-once-whole-circle-180952594/Researchers find new evidence about the shape of Stonehenge Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:57:42 +0000At "Slaves' Hill," Some Workers Ate Better Than Othershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-copper-miners-werent-actually-slaves-180952585/New research suggests that the workers at copper mines in the Levant were valued workers, not slavesTue, 02 Sep 2014 17:08:38 +0000Neanderthal Carvings in a Gibraltar Cave Reveal Some of Europe's Oldest Known Artworkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neanderthal-carvings-gibraltar-cave-reveal-europes-oldest-known-artwork-180952581/Some argue, however, that Homo sapiens are responsible for the etchings Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:41:22 +0000The First People to Settle Across North America's Arctic Regions Were Isolated for 4,000 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/isolated-culture-thrived-arctic-4000-years-180952505/New research shows that the first humans in the Arctic lived there for nearly 4,000 yearsThu, 28 Aug 2014 18:22:53 +0000Is This the Most Efficient Way To Build the Pyramids?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/most-efficient-way-build-pyramids-180952501/A new physics study shows another possible method for how the pyramids of Egypt were constructedThu, 28 Aug 2014 15:15:56 +0000Two Maya Cities Found in Mexican Junglehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-mayan-cities-found-mexican-jungle-180952481/One of the sites was re-discovered after being lost for decades Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:00:51 +0000New Analysis Suggests Utah’s Famous Rock Art Is Surprisingly Recenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-analysis-suggests-utahs-famous-rock-art-surprisingly-recent-180952482/The impressive Barrier Canyon Style images hold clues to the identity of their mysterious paintersTue, 26 Aug 2014 18:07:31 +0000How British Soldiers’ Gear Has Changed Over the Last 1,000 Years http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-british-soldiers-gear-has-changed-over-last-1000-years-180952442/Photographer Thom Atkinson traces the evolution of wooden spears to sniper rifles Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:21:04 +0000People in the Stone Age Were Fans of Escargothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-stone-age-were-fans-escargot-180952444/A new study pushes back the date of land snails being consumed in the Mediterranean Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:16:13 +0000Before He Died, Richard III Lived Largehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/richard-iii-feasted-menagerie-wild-birds-two-years-preceding-his-death-180952381/Bone chemistry sheds light on the monarch's shifting diet throughout his brief lifeTue, 19 Aug 2014 13:14:26 +0000200-Year-Old Alcohol Found in Shipwreck Is Still Drinkablehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/200-year-old-alcohol-found-shipwreck-still-drinkable-180952373/Researchers found the liquid, originally thought to be mineral water, was actually over-aged boozeMon, 18 Aug 2014 18:20:08 +0000How an American Missionary Helped Capture the First Panda Given to the U.S.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-american-missionary-helped-captured-first-panda-given-us-180952369/"Missionaries sometimes have to tackle strange and unusual jobs," David Graham wrote.Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:59:57 +0000America’s Tumbleweeds Are Actually Russian Invadershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americas-tumbleweeds-are-actually-russian-invaders-180952360/Some say the tumbleweed's takeover of the American West was the most aggressive weed invasion in our country's history Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:33:34 +0000The First Ancient Egyptian Mummies Might Have Appeared 1,500 Years Earlier Than Egyptologists Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-ancient-egyptians-mummies-might-have-appeared-1500-years-earlier-egyptologists-thought-180952351/Egyptians were embalming their dead as far back as 4,100 B.C.Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:26:37 +0000Watch How the Cultural Hubs of Civilization Have Shifted Over Centurieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tracking-migration-notable-people-shows-shifting-cultural-hubs-civilization-180952317/A study follows the births and deaths of notable peopleMon, 11 Aug 2014 17:20:39 +0000Evidence Shows Neanderthals Ate Birdshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/evidence-shows-neanderthals-ate-birds-180952300/Squab was apparently on the neanderthal menu for over 40,000 years in Gibraltar Fri, 08 Aug 2014 17:37:56 +0000Irbil, the Iraqi City the US Is Now Defending, Is One of the Oldest Continuously Inhabited Places in the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/irbil-iraqi-city-us-now-defending-one-oldest-continuously-inhabited-places-world-180952298/Irbil, Iraq, has a long, long, long historyFri, 08 Aug 2014 14:55:30 +0000Humanity’s Legacy Might Be The Holes We Leave Behindhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humanitys-legacy-might-be-holes-we-leave-behind-180952266/The last remnants of human civilizations might be the holes we carve into the earthWed, 06 Aug 2014 17:33:30 +0000The Flores "Hobbit" Might Not Be a New Species at Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/flores-hobbit-might-not-be-new-species-all-ancient-person-down-syndrome-180952253/A long-standing debate on the original findings has been reignited Tue, 05 Aug 2014 16:05:12 +0000These Diaries, of Poet Siegfried Sassoon, Capture the Chaos of WWIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wwi-poets-diaries-now-available-online-180952240/Siegfried Sassoon's poems captured life in the trenches of WWIMon, 04 Aug 2014 13:43:31 +0000