Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-history-archaeology/RSS feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenFri, 30 Jan 2015 16:29:39 +0000Scientists Try Out 2,300-Year-Old Brain Surgery Techniqueshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-try-out-2300-year-old-brain-surgery-techniques-180954100/Experiments conducted by a Siberian research team shed light on the neurosurgical methods evident in three Iron Age skulls Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:29:39 +0000The "Friendship 9" Who Sat At A White-Only Lunch Counter Have Been Cleared http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/friendship-9-who-sat-white-only-lunch-counter-have-been-cleared-180954091/The men who participated in a South Carolina sit-in were sentenced to 30 days hard labor in 1961Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:45:53 +0000Did Archaeologists Just Find Miguel de Cervantes, 400 Years After His Death?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-archaeologists-just-find-miguel-de-cervantes400-years-after-fact-180954057/A centuries-old crypt could hold the answer to the mystery of Cervantes’ missing remains Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:30:54 +0000Women Were Key to WWII Code-Breaking at Bletchley Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/women-were-key-code-breaking-bletchley-park-180954044/Female operators and mathematicians play a greater role in the history of computers and code-breaking than most realizeTue, 27 Jan 2015 19:02:43 +0000Mostly the Old And Ill Ate Breakfast Until the Rise of the Working Manhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mostly-old-and-ill-ate-breakfast-until-rise-working-man-180954041/Romans disdained the meal, few ate it in the Middle Ages, but most eat breakfast nowTue, 27 Jan 2015 18:06:33 +0000The 61 Tattoos of Ötzi, the 5,300-Year-Old “Iceman”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/61-tattoos-otzi-5300-year-old-iceman-180954035/Scientists have mapped the body art of one of archeology’s biggest super stars in hopes to better understand the role tattoos played in early civilizationTue, 27 Jan 2015 15:24:39 +0000Australian Stories Capture 10,000-Year-Old Climate Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australian-stories-capture-10000-year-old-climate-history-180954030/Aboriginal groups from coast to coast describe walking to places that are now islands Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:10:48 +0000Mystery Solved: Footage From a Long-Lost Silent Sherlock Holmes Is Foundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mystery-solved-footage-long-lost-silent-sherlock-holmes-180954027/William Gillette is responsible for how we see Sherlock Holmes—but the loss of his single silent film was an unsolved mysteryMon, 26 Jan 2015 16:30:42 +0000Evidence of a Seating Plan Discovered at the Colosseumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/please-find-your-seats-evidence-seating-plan-discovered-colosseum-180954023/Restoration efforts reveal the red-painted numbers that would help ancient Romans find their status-dictated seatsMon, 26 Jan 2015 16:00:03 +0000Ancient Assyrian Soldiers Were Haunted by War, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-assyrian-soldiers-were-haunted-war-too-180954022/A new study finds evidence of trauma experienced by soldiers returning home from combat over 3,000 years ago Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:02:00 +0000Darwin May Have Experienced Extreme Anxietyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/darwin-may-have-experienced-extreme-anxiety-180954017/Many attempts have been made to diagnose Darwin’s illness, here’s a well-argued possibilityFri, 23 Jan 2015 20:14:24 +0000How to Mind Your Manners at Silent Movies http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/manners-silent-movies-180954009/Vintage slides give an etiquette lesson to obnoxious silent movie audiencesFri, 23 Jan 2015 15:58:35 +0000Turing’s Secret Notebook Is Up for Auctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/turings-secret-notebook-could-fetch-millions-auction-180953996/The notebooks offer a glimpse into the mind of a codebreaker Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:30:08 +0000King Tut’s Beard Fell Off...And Was Glued Back on With Epoxyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/king-tuts-beard-fell-and-was-glued-back-epoxy-180953992/Clumsy curators won’t admit who’s behind the irreparable repair Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:07:50 +0000Papyrus Found in a Mummy Mask May Be the Oldest Known Copy of a Gospelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/papyrus-found-mummy-mask-may-be-oldest-known-copy-gospel-180953962/Questions surround the reported discovery of an ancient scrap of the Gospel of MarkWed, 21 Jan 2015 14:32:46 +0000The First State of the Union Address: Way Shorter, Way Less Clappinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-state-union-address-way-shorter-less-clapping-180953954/In his First Annual Message to Congress, George Washington outlined the country’s most pressing issues and kicked off a flexible annual traditionTue, 20 Jan 2015 16:34:14 +0000This 3,500-Year-Old Dagger Made a Really Great Doorstophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3500-year-old-dagger-or-really-great-doorstop-180953923/One man’s doorstop is another man’s rare, ancient artifact Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:30:34 +0000Tighty-Whities First Hit the Market 80 Years Ago Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tighty-whities-first-hit-market-80-years-ago-today-180953930/Even a blizzard couldn’t dampen the excitement from the release of the first pair of men’s briefs on this day in 1935 Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:57:04 +0000Beavers Once Parachuted into Idaho’s Backcountryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/time-beavers-parachuted-idahos-backcountry-180953918/Strange things can happen when you combine WWII military surplus, innovative thinking and a bunch of beavers in need of a new homeFri, 16 Jan 2015 15:02:00 +0000Read Through Early Drafts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Speecheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/read-through-early-drafts-dr-martin-luther-king-jrs-speeches-180953916/One website gives you a peek into the mind of one of America’s most powerful oratorsFri, 16 Jan 2015 14:38:44 +0000Mummy Feces Solve the Mystery of How Verona's Most Powerful Man Diedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mummy-poop-solves-one-historys-mysteries-180953882/Digging deep for the secret behind a medieval warlord's mysterious deathTue, 13 Jan 2015 17:00:43 +0000Two Men Tried To Cure Schizophrenia by Removing Their Patients’ Intestineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-men-tried-cure-schizophrenia-removing-their-patients-intestines-180953875/Bayard Holmes and Henry Cotton were separated by a generation, but both thought that mental illness arose from toxins produced within the bodyMon, 12 Jan 2015 19:02:00 +0000How a Single Penny Became Worth More Than $2 Millionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-pennys-worth-over-2-million-180953872/Fifteen years ago, few would pay $1 million for a coin—no matter how rare. That's changing.Mon, 12 Jan 2015 18:06:41 +0000It Was Only 83 Years Ago That America Elected Its First Female Senatorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hattie-wyatt-caraway-first-woman-elected-us-senate-180953869/This year, a record number of women are serving in Congress; Hattie Wyatt Caraway was the first ever in the SenateMon, 12 Jan 2015 15:09:20 +0000Early Food Safety Workers Tested Poisons by Eating Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/early-food-safety-workers-us-tested-poisons-eating-them-180953864/They were hailed as heroes and even had a songFri, 09 Jan 2015 19:00:37 +0000Europe's Great Gothic Cathedrals Weren't Built Just of Concretehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-architects-used-iron-build-cathedralsnot-just-concrete-180953849/The designers and builders of Europe's great Gothic cathedrals weren't actually so innovativeFri, 09 Jan 2015 15:15:29 +0000The 1887 Blizzard That Changed the American Frontier Foreverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1887-blizzard-changed-american-frontier-forever-1-180953852/A blizzard hit the western open range, causing the “Great Die Up” and transforming America’s agricultural historyFri, 09 Jan 2015 14:30:42 +0000The Flu Has Been Making People Sick for At Least 500 Years http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/flu-has-been-making-people-sick-least-500-years-180953837/The 1918 flu pandemic gets all the headlines, but the malady is thought to have first appeared in the 16th century—and possibly earlierThu, 08 Jan 2015 17:04:17 +0000Ellis Island Isn’t to Blame for Your Family’s Name Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ellis-island-isnt-blame-your-familys-name-change-180953832/A long-standing myth obscures the truth behind the Americanization of some European namesThu, 08 Jan 2015 15:30:06 +0000A Test Tube in Michigan Holds the Air From Thomas Edison's Death Roomhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-thomas-edisons-last-breaths-test-tube-180953819/Two famous inventors, one glass tube and a museum mysteryWed, 07 Jan 2015 16:00:18 +0000What Was Found Inside the Oldest American Time Capsulehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-was-found-inside-oldest-american-time-capsule-180953820/Historians in Boston have just cracked open a brass box originally buried in 1795 by Paul Revere and Samuel AdamsWed, 07 Jan 2015 14:33:07 +0000Amateur Explorers Are Using High-Res Satellite Images to Search for Genghis Khan's Tombhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/using-crowdsourcing-find-genghis-khans-tomb-180953816/Amateur explorers used ultra-high resolution satellite images to help search for the grave of one of the world’s most powerful rulersTue, 06 Jan 2015 17:56:15 +0000The Second Divorce in Colonial America Happened Today in 1643http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/second-divorce-colonial-american-history-happened-today-1643-180953799/The Massachusetts Bay Colony Puritans weren’t as conservative as you may have thoughtMon, 05 Jan 2015 15:55:06 +0000We Used to Recycle Drugs From Patients' Urinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/we-used-recycle-drugs-patients-urine-180953789/Penicillin extracted from a patient's urine could be reusedFri, 02 Jan 2015 16:00:47 +0000Nearly 40 Byzantine Shipwrecks Were Recently Unearthed in Turkeyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nearly-40-byzantine-shipwrecks-were-recently-unearthed-turkey-180953759/The exceptionally well-preserved ships offer new insight into ship-building history Tue, 30 Dec 2014 16:37:03 +0000Satellite Photos Show Hundreds of Syrian Heritage Sites Damaged In Ongoing Fightinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/satellite-photos-show-hundreds-syrian-heritage-sites-damaged-ongoing-fighting-180953721/The new satellite photos show the extent of the damageTue, 23 Dec 2014 19:32:37 +0000Pittsburgh Has a Huge Collection of Relicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pittsburgh-has-huge-collection-relics-180953708/St. Anthony’s Chapel contains the largest number of relics outside of the Vatican Tue, 23 Dec 2014 14:00:38 +0000The Oldest Olive Oil Ever Found Is 8,000 Years Oldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-olive-oil-ever-found-its-8000-years-old-180953678/Chemical analyses unveil traces of olive oil in ancient Israeli potteryFri, 19 Dec 2014 14:38:06 +0000After WWII, Scientists Conducted Deadly Tests With an Unexploded Nuclear Bomb Corehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-wwii-scientists-conducted-deadly-tests-unexploded-nuclear-bomb-core-180953668/Physicist Richard Feynman called the tests "tickling the tail of a sleeping dragon"Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:50:05 +0000Back When Americans Could Travel Freely to Cuba, Here's What It Looked Likehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/last-time-americans-could-travel-freely-cuba-heres-what-it-looked-180953661/The U.S. broke off diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1960Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:31:02 +0000Why the Pantheon Hasn’t Crumbledhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientific-reason-why-pantheon-hasnt-crumbled-180953627/Ancient Roman concrete has some benefits over modern equivalentsTue, 16 Dec 2014 16:43:49 +0000Found: The Wreckage of the SS City of Rio de Janeiro, the “Bay Area’s Titanic”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-wreckage-ss-city-rio-de-janeiro-bay-areas-titanic-180953604/The maritime disaster was the worst in Bay Area historyFri, 12 Dec 2014 17:57:18 +0000Typhoons Saved 13th Century Japan From Invasionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/typhoons-saved-13th-century-japan-mongol-invasion-180953573/Geologic evidence supports historic accounts of the great "Kamikaze" of 1274 and 1281Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:30:24 +0000The Science of the Red Sea's Partinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-red-seas-parting-180953553/It is physically and scientifically possible for a body of water to partMon, 08 Dec 2014 15:31:32 +0000Creep Through Albert Einstein’s Love Lettershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/creep-through-albert-einsteins-love-letters-180953545/The Digital Einstein archive offers a look into the great physicist's writingsFri, 05 Dec 2014 18:14:28 +0000Tour the Great Wide World of Mushroom Cloud Imageryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tour-great-wide-world-mushroom-cloud-imagery-180953523/Nuclear testing yielded far more, and more diverse, images of mushroom clouds than those that are commonly shownWed, 03 Dec 2014 20:00:52 +0000The Largest Manmade Block Ever Was Just Discovered in Lebanon http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/largest-manmade-block-ever-carved-was-just-discovered-lebanon-180953518/The block was never used, likely because it was too big to transport Wed, 03 Dec 2014 16:30:28 +0000