Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonian feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenMon, 27 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Climate Change Might Break Carbon Dating fuel emissions mess with the ratio of carbon isotopes in the atmosphereMon, 27 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Who Were the First People to Eat Chickens? find in Israel shows evidence of chicken consumption from as early as 400 B.C.E.Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Franklin’s Doomed Arctic Expedition Ended in Gruesome Cannibalism bone analysis suggests crew resorted to eating flesh, then marrowMon, 27 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000Carbon Dating Reveals One of the Oldest Known Copies of the Quran fragments found in U.K. library were written between 568 and 645Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19:41:02 +0000Why Are People Still Using Asbestos? story holds parallels with that of the tobacco industryThu, 23 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000 The International Olympic Committee Just Rescued Its Priceless Video Archive years and 100,000 hours of work later, the IOC’s archive has been digitized and preservedThu, 23 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Central Park Has 22 Statues of Historical Figures. Every Single One is a Man. a crusade to bring historic women into the park change the face of the city?Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:28:49 +0000In the 1960s, One Man Took Washington D.C.’s Rat Problem Into His Own Hands, Literally challenged the city’s race and wealth divide in the processTue, 21 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Here’s What Steam-Powered Cars Were Like Before the Combustion Engine Doble brothers’ built a beautiful steam car in 1924 but mismanagement kept it from being a financial sucessMon, 20 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000150 Years Ago, a Fire in P.T. Barnum's Museum Boiled Two Whales Alive tourists and locals alike, the museum mixed freakshow performers with educational collectionsMon, 20 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000Divers Turn to Robots for Help Scouring the Pacific for Long-Lost WWII Soldiers ongoing effort to recover those missing in action teams military historians, volunteers and scientistsFri, 17 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Archeologists Have Found 2,000 Ancient Golden Spirals and They Have No Idea What They Are meaning or purpose behind the spirals is unclear, but they probably were part of a ritual Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000The Statue of Liberty Arrived in New York in 350 Pieces, she also came with an instruction manualFri, 17 Jul 2015 12:36:15 +0000Explore This Map of 13 Centuries' Worth of English Metaphors long ago did English speakers start linking chickens with fearfulness?Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000How Pluto Got Its Name Horizons carries an instrument named for Venetia Burney, the 11-year-old girl who named PlutoTue, 14 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Here’s What the First Lady Has to Do if She Wants to Redecorate few throw pillows and a touch of new paint? No way.Tue, 14 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Why Was One of Hollywood's First Female Film Directors, Dorothy Arzner, Forgotten? directed 20 feature films Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Obama Just Established Three New National Monuments Covering Over a Million Acres, fossils and natural beautyMon, 13 Jul 2015 12:26:36 +0000Ever Heard of the Bontebok? It’s an African Animal Humans Nearly Destroyed, Then Saved of this conservation success story relies on the bontebok’s inability to jumpFri, 10 Jul 2015 16:30:00 +0000In South Africa, People Painted with Cow Milk Long Before They Domesticated Cattle need to hunt wild cow relatives would have made this paint valuableThu, 09 Jul 2015 11:00:00 +0000Why Is there Wine on the UNESCO World Heritage List?, Champagne wine regions get world heritage designationsWed, 08 Jul 2015 18:30:00 +0000In 1915 a Former Harvard Professor Tried to Blow Up the U.S. Capitol by anti-war sentiment, he went on to carry out several terrorist attacks in NYC to protest U.S. involvement in WWIWed, 08 Jul 2015 11:30:00 +0000Croquet Was Once the Big Thing at Wimbledon club has croquet to thank for its famous lawnsTue, 07 Jul 2015 13:47:06 +0000In 1950, the U.S. Released a Bioweapon in San Francisco was one of hundreds of bioweapon simulations carried out in the 1950s and 1960sMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:37:28 +0000Meet the Doctor Who Convinced America to Sober Up Benjamin Rush, father of the temperance movement, signer of the Declaration of IndependenceMon, 06 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000More than 1,200 Miles of China’s Great Wall Have Been Destroyed a small fraction of the remaining wall is in good conditionFri, 03 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000Summer Jobs May Be a Thing of the Past than one third of American teens snag summer employmentFri, 26 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000Have Something Rude to Say? Put it on This 2300-Year Old Statue in Rome cardinal started the tradition of decorating this statue with snarky poems and insultsThu, 25 Jun 2015 18:20:00 +0000This Mockumentary Explains the Appeal of Skateboarding to Scared Parents“The Devil’s Toy” looks “an epidemic from which no one was secure”: having fun on skateboardsThu, 25 Jun 2015 18:08:44 +0000People Used to Wear Dunce Caps to Shower“Extinguisher caps” were nineteenth-century shower caps Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000Did an Auction of Hitler’s Art Go Too Far? collection of Hitler’s paintings just sold for $450,000Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000The Murky Tale of John Smith and the Mermaid Dumas probably just made it up Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:30:00 +0000These Are the Most Threatened Historical Places in America Grand Canyon, The Factory and the A.G. Gaston Motel are just a few of the 11 names on the listWed, 24 Jun 2015 16:58:54 +0000In Egypt, There Was Once a Tomb Full of Eight Million Dog Mummies of the Ancient Egyptian deity Anubis buried dogs at the necropolis of SaqqaraWed, 24 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000Some 19th-Century Physicians Thought Music Could Infect the Brain it comes to music in the brain, medicine has come a long wayMon, 22 Jun 2015 14:45:00 +0000Juneteenth Didn’t Stop the Enslavement of Black People in Houston delayed enforcement of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation still didn’t bring freedom to many black TexansFri, 19 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000Napoleon Had a Thing for Rotisserie Chicken military powerhouse ate chicken dinners 24/7 — even as his army starvedFri, 19 Jun 2015 17:30:00 +0000Andrew Jackson Wasn't Always on the $20 Bill controversial president's face has only been on $20 bills since 1928Thu, 18 Jun 2015 17:30:00 +0000Michigan Owns 1,500 Shipwrecks, historians and state officials team up to preserve the state’s underwater heritageThu, 18 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000Los Alamos’s “Atomic Secretary” Was Never Told What the Manhattan Project Was For McKibbin coordinated entry of all people and property to the Los Alamos siteTue, 16 Jun 2015 14:33:57 +0000Destroyed Buddha Statues Are Coming Back to Life in Afghanistan as Beautiful 3D Projections light projections recreate a pair of statues destroyed by the Taliban Tue, 16 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Half of All Languages Come From This One Root Tongue. Here’s How it Conquered the Earth., three billion people speak Indo-European langaugesTue, 16 Jun 2015 12:15:40 +0000How Much Water Did Rome’s Aqueducts Really Carry? as much as previously thought Thu, 11 Jun 2015 16:49:50 +0000Here's How Claw Machines Are Rigged to Make Sure You Lose's why simply grabbing a prize is so deceptively difficultThu, 11 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000A Playmobil Figure of Martin Luther Has Become the Fastest-Selling of All Time first edition of 34,000 figurines sold out in 72 hoursThu, 11 Jun 2015 14:30:00 +0000This Film Shows a Glimpse of Amelia Earhart Before Her Final Flight 70 years in storage, the footage shows the pilot posing for press photographsWed, 10 Jun 2015 14:55:08 +0000Houghton Mifflin Once Sued Another Publisher on Behalf of Hitler and Mein Kampf versions of the book once vied for American readersTue, 09 Jun 2015 18:58:44 +0000How George Washington Did His Hair the powder and curls it wasn't a wig at allTue, 09 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000100-Year-Old Chalkboards, With Drawings Still Intact, Discovered in Oklahoma School find includes lessons on pilgrims, math and musicTue, 09 Jun 2015 14:30:00 +0000Auction House is Selling Decades-Old Slices of Royal Wedding Cake slices of wedding cakes from British royals are not-so-edible pieces of history Tue, 09 Jun 2015 13:30:00 +0000Amateur Women's Baseball Teams Existed as Early as 1866 typically challenged local a men’s teams to playTue, 09 Jun 2015 12:42:22 +0000The Civil War’s Division of North and South is Reflected in Cookbooks blockades kept the South starving for salt and other foods, a fact reflected in the recipes of the timeThu, 04 Jun 2015 17:30:00 +0000In 1938, the NY Times Wrote About a Weird New Food: The Cheeseburger, cheese on meat needed some explanationThu, 04 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000These Two Female Assassins Independently Tried to Kill Gerald Ford only two women to attempt to kill a president did so within 17 days of one anotherWed, 03 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000Museums Issue Most-Threatened List of Iraqi Treasures types of cultural objects are under threat from the Islamic State and instability in IraqWed, 03 Jun 2015 16:02:31 +0000Tools Weren’t Invented in Europe, They Were Carried There 50,000 Years Ago of shells and human bones from a site in Lebanon suggests modern tools were in useWed, 03 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000This is What the First Home Pregnancy Test Looked Like"Predictor" gave results in just two hours Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:34:38 +0000A 19th Century Shipwreck Might Be Why This Famous Female Naturalist Faded to Obscurity Villepreux-Power invented the aquarium and studied cephalopods, but today few recognize her nameTue, 02 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Here Are Some of the Weird Ways You Could Die in Tudor England vaulting and bacon are among the odd causes of death discovered by historians Fri, 29 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000