Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonian feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenWed, 25 Nov 2015 19:30:29 +0000Reagan and Gorbachev Agreed to Pause the Cold War in Case of an Alien Invasion 40th President of the United States was a big science-fiction fanWed, 25 Nov 2015 19:30:29 +0000Why a Yam Is Not a Sweet Potato grocery store labels, these tubers aren’t at all the sameWed, 25 Nov 2015 19:00:07 +0000A Brief History of Cranberries up: Thanksgiving (and plenty of cranberry sauce) is almost hereWed, 25 Nov 2015 18:30:00 +0000The World’s First Nuclear Reactor was Built in a Squash Court sat right next to University of Chicago’s football fieldWed, 25 Nov 2015 15:44:24 +0000Try Out George Washington’s Own Craft Beer Recipe recipe for "small beer" includes molasses as a sweetener and instructions on what to do if the weather is very coldWed, 25 Nov 2015 15:00:46 +0000A Phone Booth Was Just Put on the National Register of Historic Places your change for a telephonic trip to Prairie Grove, ArkansasWed, 25 Nov 2015 14:00:10 +0000Lucy the Australopithecus Turns 41 (Plus 3.2 Million Years) gets a Google Doodle for the anniversary of her discoveryTue, 24 Nov 2015 17:05:45 +0000The Statue of Liberty Was Originally a Muslim Woman"The New Colossus" was actually born in EgyptTue, 24 Nov 2015 15:30:46 +0000Parents Have Been Reshaping Their Kids’ Skulls for 45,000 Years new find in Patagonia adds to the list of possible reasons for such extreme cranial modificationFri, 20 Nov 2015 13:00:00 +0000You Could Own One of Julia Child’s Kitchens include a vacation home in ProvenceThu, 19 Nov 2015 16:30:03 +0000Relatives of Shackleton’s Chief Scientist Want to Finish What He Started hundred years after the doomed expedition, James Wordie's descendants plan a 100-mile journey to the South PoleWed, 18 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000DNA from a Huge Tooth Confirms a New Ancient Cousin Denisovans may have co-existed and interbred with Neanderthals and Homo sapiensTue, 17 Nov 2015 21:08:46 +0000Steinbeck’s Boat the "Western Flyer" Will Voyage Again for Science $1 million boat will see the water once again as an updated research vesselTue, 17 Nov 2015 18:05:00 +0000Georgetown University Is Trying to Purge Its Slave Trade Connections in part by the sale of 272 people, the school is grappling with its relationship to the institution of slaveryTue, 17 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000Inside the Collective That Turns VHS to Digital Video for Free team of media lovers wants to preserve your memories for history's sakeTue, 17 Nov 2015 15:00:00 +0000Revolution-Era Building Buried Beneath Future Hotel Uncovered by Construction Crew foundations, including wooden beams, floorboards and what might even be a repurposed ship’s mast, were found just 8 feet underground Tue, 17 Nov 2015 14:02:46 +0000A Brief History of British Pub Signs colorful signs boast more than good looks—they're like miniature history booksTue, 17 Nov 2015 12:00:00 +0000A Free Man's Letter to A Former Slaveowner in 1865 asked to return to the farm where he was held in bondage, Jourdon Anderson wrote this thoughtful replyMon, 16 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000How to Visit the British Museum Without Going to London new partnership with Google allows art aficionados to take virtual strolls through the museum’s treasuresFri, 13 Nov 2015 18:00:00 +0000Help Save the Booster that Sent Apollo Spacecrafts to the Moon Kickstarter campaign hopest to save the only remaining booster rocket from the Apollo launchesThu, 12 Nov 2015 20:30:00 +0000This Ingenious Archaeologist Uses Satellites to Hunt Down Tomb Raiders satellite imagery help protect humanity's priceless artifacts?Thu, 12 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000Our Ancient Ancestors Probably Loved Honey Too scraped from pottery shows humans used bee products as long as 8,500 years agoWed, 11 Nov 2015 19:35:49 +0000New Scans Show There Might Be a Hidden Room in King Tut’s Tomb evidence shows that there could still be secrets in Tutankhamun's resting placeWed, 11 Nov 2015 18:00:00 +0000A Lost Story by Edith Wharton Has Been Discovered in Yale's Library"The Field of Honor" is about a failed marriage during World War IWed, 11 Nov 2015 17:30:00 +0000Manhattan Project Sites to Be Opened to the Public Project Historical Park will preserve three sites from the beginning of the Atomic AgeWed, 11 Nov 2015 16:45:00 +0000During the Cold War, the Military Had Plans to Wage War in Space U.S. Army's Future Weapons Office proposed theoretical ways to defend non-existant lunar basesWed, 11 Nov 2015 15:44:53 +0000Now Available: The Ultimate Old-Timey Playlist to digitized recordings of wax cylinders, an obsolete technology that revives turn-of-the-century cultureTue, 10 Nov 2015 17:57:09 +0000Divers Discover 102-Year-Old Shipwreck in Lake Huron Hydrus and her crew were lost during the Great Storm of 1913Tue, 10 Nov 2015 13:00:00 +0000The Mystery of a Titanic Telegram the Titanic's owners know about its collision with an iceberg?Mon, 09 Nov 2015 19:30:00 +0000This Trunk Stuffed With 17th-Century Letters Is a Historian’s Dream never read these letters, but their loss is history’s gainMon, 09 Nov 2015 18:05:44 +0000Happy Birthday Hedy Lamarr, Hollywood Star Turned Scientist beauty had brains—after all, she invented the tech behind Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPSMon, 09 Nov 2015 16:20:00 +0000How the U.S. Census Defines Race history of America's racial identity, as told by 225 years of population dataMon, 09 Nov 2015 13:00:00 +0000Why Russia Is Digging Up The Bones of a 19th-Century Tsar new DNA analysis aims to end speculation about the last Romanovs—but hasn't the mystery already been solved?Fri, 06 Nov 2015 13:00:00 +0000The Tragic Aftermath of Mustard Gas Experiments in World War II NPR investigation is looking for victims of the U.S. military testsThu, 05 Nov 2015 20:38:35 +0000When Kids Played With Alligators in Los Angeles, dogs and onlookers mixed with snapping reptiles at California's Alligator FarmThu, 05 Nov 2015 18:30:00 +0000A 2,000-Year-Old Greek Fortress Has Been Unearthed in Jerusalem fort played a role in the Jewish revolts that inspired HanukkahThu, 05 Nov 2015 15:29:24 +0000Hidden Poop Joke Found in 17th-Century Art Owned By Queen Elizabeth newly restored Dutch painting depicts a man relieving himself Wed, 04 Nov 2015 18:22:03 +0000Someone Just Paid $826,000 for the Greatest Cat Painting of All Time"My Wife's Lovers" pays tribute to the wealthiest cats of the 1890sWed, 04 Nov 2015 17:39:06 +0000A Black American's Guide to Travel In the Jim Crow Era decades, <i>The Green Book </i> was the black traveler's lifeline Tue, 03 Nov 2015 14:44:24 +0000NASA is Helping Study These Massive Earthworks from Space satellite photographs decipher the meaning behind Kazakhstan's mysterious geometric designs?Mon, 02 Nov 2015 16:18:21 +0000By Scanning Pyramids, Will Scientists Unravel Secrets of Ancient Egypt? new project uses thermal imaging to look for hidden chambersThu, 29 Oct 2015 16:04:04 +0000China Says It Will End One-Child Policy new rules, Chinese families can have two childrenThu, 29 Oct 2015 15:07:36 +0000The Incredible Treasures Found Inside the 'Griffin Warrior' Tomb was a Mycenaean soldier buried with so many riches?Wed, 28 Oct 2015 18:39:17 +0000Ice Age Babies Buried in Alaska Reveals Early Genetic Diversity in North America infants’ DNA shows that humans may have stayed near the Bering Strait for thousands of years before moving farther southWed, 28 Oct 2015 16:13:36 +0000Hiker Accidentally Discovers 1,200-Year-Old Viking Sword in Norway wrought iron weapon is an extraordinary findWed, 28 Oct 2015 15:03:18 +0000How Tourism Shaped Photography in 19th Century Japan were obsessed with geisha, samurai and cherry blossomsWed, 28 Oct 2015 12:00:00 +0000How Contact Lenses Were Made in 1948 you put this on your eye?Fri, 23 Oct 2015 17:45:00 +0000Lead Poisoning Rampant for Wealthy Medieval Europeans wasn't just the Romans that accidentally poisoned themselvesThu, 22 Oct 2015 18:30:00 +0000A Town Founded By Nazis Was Just Sued for Housing Discrimination parts of Yaphank, laws require homeowners to be of German descentThu, 22 Oct 2015 18:00:00 +0000Arctic Explorers Uncover (and Eat) 60-Year-Old Food Stash of jam and crackers hidden in Greenland’s Arctic desert made for a delicious surpriseThu, 22 Oct 2015 11:00:00 +0000There’s an Elephant Buried Underneath the Vatican forgotten remains of a beloved, 16th-century papal petWed, 21 Oct 2015 18:24:07 +0000Man’s Best Friend May Hail From Central Asia analysis of over 5,000 dogs suggests that they were originally domesticated in Mongolia and NepalWed, 21 Oct 2015 13:18:47 +0000The Sunken Ruins of a 450-Year-Old Church Rise From a Mexican Reservoir a historic drought, a 16th-century church has reemerged Tue, 20 Oct 2015 14:57:57 +0000This Is What 14,000,000,000 Years of History Looks Like designer's ingenious timeline covers the Big Bang to the InternetMon, 19 Oct 2015 17:43:56 +00003D Model Showed Controversial Photo of John F. Kennedy’s Assassin Is Not a Fake surrounded the incriminating photo since Kennedy was assassinated in 1963Mon, 19 Oct 2015 16:32:27 +0000For Sale: Edith Wharton’s $16,500 Baby Rattle Teething device. Ever.Mon, 19 Oct 2015 16:23:17 +0000Lego Superfans Built This Epic Model of Hadrian's Wall edge of the Roman Empire, recreated with tiny toy blocksMon, 19 Oct 2015 15:07:34 +0000Six Degrees of Francis Bacon Is Your New Favorite Trivia Game over, Kevin!Fri, 16 Oct 2015 16:14:35 +0000The Origins of the King James Bible handwritten draft of the world's most famous bible has been discovered in EnglandFri, 16 Oct 2015 14:42:10 +0000This Halloween, Who Wants to Spend a Night in the Paris Catacombs? is looking for two brave souls to sleep with the deadFri, 16 Oct 2015 11:30:00 +0000Fossilized Teeth Reveal Humans Were in Asia Long Before Europe humans might have been more inclined to roam than scientists previously thoughtThu, 15 Oct 2015 20:03:37 +0000There's a Fake Egyptian City Buried in California incredible, nearly forgotten story behind one of Hollywood's most expensive movie sets Thu, 15 Oct 2015 16:47:56 +0000The Oldest Chemistry Lab in America? classroom designed by Thomas Jefferson was rediscovered Wed, 14 Oct 2015 19:40:43 +0000The People Who Built Stonehenge Loved BBQ evidence that Neolithic settlers roasted pork and beefWed, 14 Oct 2015 17:48:27 +0000America's in the Midst of a Lobster Boom the lobster catch up sixfold in the last 30 years, can we eat without worry?Wed, 14 Oct 2015 11:00:00 +0000Remember These Free AOL CDs? 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Sign on today!Tue, 13 Oct 2015 19:33:04 +0000How the Journalist Who Broke the News of World War II Got Her Scoop needs to make a movie about Clare HollingworthTue, 13 Oct 2015 16:11:19 +0000These Brave Playwrights Want to Rewrite Shakespeare“They have been at a great feast of languages, and stol’n the scraps.”Mon, 12 Oct 2015 18:32:37 +0000A Woman Bought a House For $100,000, Then Learned Frank Lloyd Wright Built It had no idea her Madison, Wisconsin home was part of the famous architect's affordable housing projectMon, 12 Oct 2015 12:00:00 +0000The Only Eyewitness Painting of Lincoln's Assassination Is Finally Being Restored a forgotten portrait of the president's dying hours was savedThu, 08 Oct 2015 12:30:00 +0000Ancient Romans in Pompeii Had 'Perfect Teeth' new study reveals what life was like in Pompeii — and how it ended when Mount Vesuvius eruptedWed, 07 Oct 2015 18:48:00 +0000Iraqi Museum Discovers Missing Lines From the Epic of Gilgamesh of the world's first great stories just got a new chapterWed, 07 Oct 2015 13:43:28 +0000ISIS Demolished Yet Another Priceless Syrian Monument 1,800-year-old Arch of Triumph was destroyed on SundayTue, 06 Oct 2015 18:32:40 +0000In Vietnam, the C.I.A. Paid Spies With Stuff From Sears says "clandestine espionage" like a mail-order catalogTue, 06 Oct 2015 17:06:16 +0000A Lunch Menu From the Titanic Just Sold for $88,000 "unsinkable" ship served corned beef, mutton chops and custard puddingMon, 05 Oct 2015 19:15:00 +0000The Card Catalog Is Officially Dead live the card catalogMon, 05 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000It Will Take Nine Years to Clean the Taj Majal“Mudpack therapy” will help the iconic monument clean up its actMon, 05 Oct 2015 11:30:00 +0000American Women in the 1900s Called Street Harassers 'Mashers' and Stabbed Them With Hatpins are the turn-of-the-century women who fought back when men tried to grab themFri, 02 Oct 2015 14:00:00 +0000The Nazis Wanted to Beat the British With Exploding Chocolate Bars, but scaryFri, 02 Oct 2015 13:12:11 +0000Americans Used to Eat Four Meals a Day in peace, “second supper”Thu, 01 Oct 2015 16:00:04 +0000