Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonian feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenTue, 06 Oct 2015 18:32:40 +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 +0000Volunteers are Struggling to Maintain New Orleans’ Iconic Tombs cemetery vaults are crumbling due to weather, vandalism and disrepairMon, 28 Sep 2015 17:56:00 +0000The Nose Job Dates Back to the 6th Century B.C. for a long time, the nose was built up instead of shaved downFri, 25 Sep 2015 17:00:00 +0000Early Australians May Have Lived With Giant Lizards discover early Australians shared the continent with enormous lizardsFri, 25 Sep 2015 15:00:00 +0000Scientists Discover 9,000-Year-Old Case of Decapitation in the Americas with their head and handsFri, 25 Sep 2015 14:07:30 +0000A Man Once Bought Stonehenge for his Wife, and She Was not Pleased at least, so the story goes of a British barrister’s decision to purchase the neolithic site for the equivalent of about $1 millionThu, 24 Sep 2015 16:00:00 +0000A Letter About Darwin’s Belief in God Just Sold for Nearly $200,000 41 words long, it provides a missing link for historians who have long wondered what the naturalist thought about religionThu, 24 Sep 2015 15:56:57 +0000How to Pose Like a 1980s Model collection of clips from real videos proves to be silly — and not just due to the fashion of the 1980sTue, 22 Sep 2015 17:18:24 +0000A Brief History of Awareness Ribbons Awards attendees sported green ribbons this year. But can ribbons really affect climate change?Mon, 21 Sep 2015 16:54:30 +0000Archaeologists Recreate 4,000-Year-Old Hittite Feast to Better Understand Their History chef crushed buckwheat on stones and used no kitchenware other than a knifeThu, 17 Sep 2015 17:30:00 +0000A Brief History of the Popemobile sedan chair to Mercedes-BenzThu, 17 Sep 2015 16:49:13 +0000Colorado Once Lost Pikes Peak to Texas in a Bet friendly wager raised the stakes to a whole new elevation.Tue, 15 Sep 2015 14:30:00 +0000Meet the Bear Who Earned the Rank of Corporal in the Polish Army had a penchant for cigarettes, booze and arm wrestlingFri, 11 Sep 2015 20:33:29 +0000Here’s How a Crew Survived an 1813 Shipwreck Neva’s remaining crew managed to live an entire month in an Alaskan winter with just the wreckage of their shipFri, 11 Sep 2015 18:40:49 +0000New Fossil Discovery May Change What We Know About Human Evolution ancient species Homo naledi had small brains and seems to have intentionally carried their dead into cavesThu, 10 Sep 2015 15:15:56 +0000Liverpool, England Has a Mysterious Network of Tunnels know who built them, but they don’t know whyThu, 10 Sep 2015 13:30:00 +0000Early Americans Went to Great Lengths to Get Caffeine shards reveal 1,000-year-old traces of caffeine in places where it wasn't readily availableThu, 10 Sep 2015 12:35:13 +0000New Proof That Ancient Egyptians Bred Birds of Prey recent 3-D scan of a mummified falcon shows it was force fed sparrows and miceWed, 09 Sep 2015 12:41:31 +0000The U.S. Military Named Their Swarming Drones After This Fairy Tale "Gremlins" take their cue from WWII fighter pilots' lucky charmsTue, 08 Sep 2015 14:00:00 +0000Construction Workers Found, and Then Tried to Hide an Ancient Sarcophagus turns out the now-damaged coffin is actually quite a findTue, 08 Sep 2015 12:30:00 +0000How to Reconstruct Lewis and Clark's Journey: Follow the Mercury-laden Latrine Pits campsite has been identified using the signatures left by men who took mercury-laced purgative pills to treat constipation and other illsTue, 08 Sep 2015 12:00:00 +0000There’s new Hope for Preserving the Wreck of the Titanic years after its discovery, the Titanic is crumbling.Fri, 04 Sep 2015 13:30:00 +0000Archaeologists Had a Huge Reenactment Party to Verify Ancient Pit Oven prehistoric-style barbecue helped feed 200 guests — and prove archaeologists’ hypothetisFri, 04 Sep 2015 12:41:14 +0000An 1830s Steamship From the Texas Navy May Be Buried Near Galveston Harbor Clive Cussler first discovered the wreckage in 1986, now the port’s expansion forces an archeological excavationThu, 03 Sep 2015 14:00:00 +0000Melting Ice in Yellowstone is Revealing Ancient Artifacts Faster Than Researchers Can Handle tools, spears and even baskets from ancient Native Americans are emerging faster than archeologists can collect themThu, 03 Sep 2015 14:00:00 +0000Argentinian Grandmothers Are Using DNA to Track Down Stolen Children national genetic bank and novel identification techniques have helped identify over 100 children abducted during Argentina’s “Dirty War”Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:44:56 +0000One Japanese Company Makes Half Of The World’s Zippers YKK came to dominate pants around the world.Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:34:36 +0000Here’s How Victorians “Photoshopped” Photos photographers used pencils to touch up photographic plates — and the results look pretty freakyWed, 02 Sep 2015 16:39:47 +0000See How the Plague Swept Through London research shows that during mass burials, bodies were given more respect than previously thoughtTue, 01 Sep 2015 17:38:18 +0000Legendary Nazi Gold Train Might Exist After All culture minister is “99 percent sure” the train has been foundTue, 01 Sep 2015 17:30:00 +0000Denali, Ongtupqa, and Other Native American Names for Landmarks McKinley was recently renamed Denali, but it's not the only one with a Native American nameTue, 01 Sep 2015 13:34:09 +0000How Glistening Egyptian Blue Pigment Was Forgotten then Lost may be the oldest artificial pigmentMon, 31 Aug 2015 15:30:00 +0000These Century-Old Stone "Tsunami Stones" Dot Japan’s Coastline"Remember the calamity of the great tsunamis. Do not build any homes below this point."Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000Denmark’s Earliest Kings Were Also Pirates piracy laid the groundwork for the Danish monarchyMon, 31 Aug 2015 12:46:32 +0000Neanderthals Had Houses With Hot Water bad for a cavemanMon, 31 Aug 2015 12:39:13 +0000Here’s Every Nuclear Detonation Ever all 2,153 nuclear detonations since 1945 in this bleak visualizationMon, 31 Aug 2015 12:33:56 +0000Confused Construction Workers Tore Down an Ancient Tomb and Replaced it With a Picnic Table the tomb's picnic table-like appearance to blame? Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:30:00 +0000During Prohibition, Vintners Sold "Wine Bricks" Rather Than Wine, ferment, enjoyThu, 27 Aug 2015 13:30:00 +0000A Woman Just Found a Message in a Bottle From a Century-old Experiment German tourist spotted the bottle, which had been intended to measure deep ocean currentsThu, 27 Aug 2015 12:45:00 +0000Execution Ballads Once Spread the News of Punishment to the Public grisly tunes deliberately pull on emotions to discourage crimeWed, 26 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000ISIS Recently Blew Up an Ancient Temple in Palmyra temple of Baalshamin was over 2,000 years oldMon, 24 Aug 2015 17:00:00 +0000Two Men Say They’ve Found a Mythical Train of Nazi Gold hunters have searched for it since the end of World War II, but it may have never existed in the first placeMon, 24 Aug 2015 14:30:00 +0000Utah's Winged Monster Rock Painting Isn’t A Monster at All picture shows a collection of figures, none of which have wingsMon, 24 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Russia Wants Rachmaninoff’s Remains Back a composer who abandoned his home forever be returned there 72 years after his death? Thu, 20 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000Human Bones Found Near Pennsylvania Highway Could Be From the 1918 Flu construction reveals mass gravesiteThu, 20 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000Medieval Chastity Belts Are a Myth probably chuckled just as much then about the idea as they do todayThu, 20 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Americans Used to Eat Robin Pie and Calf’s Foot Jelly food historian points out some forgotten favoritesThu, 20 Aug 2015 12:31:49 +0000Tourists Will Soon Be Able to Sleep Over at Versailles them eat cake (at a five-star hotel)Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:03:26 +0000Scientists Just Identified a Pinkie That’s Almost 2 Million Years Old it could be a major evolutionary breakthroughWed, 19 Aug 2015 16:01:01 +0000The First Two Female Army Rangers Are About to Graduate completing a grueling course, two women have proved they have what it takes to join the Army's bestWed, 19 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Elizabeth II Isn’t England’s Longest-Ruling Monarch Just Yet she's about to set a royal recordTue, 18 Aug 2015 17:24:22 +0000The Color White Has a Dark Past race to wealth to cleanliness, the color's connotations have a long historyFri, 14 Aug 2015 18:30:00 +0000How a Hellish Road Trip Revolutionized American Highways, food rationing, and embarrassment may have prompted Ike to push for a better highway systemFri, 14 Aug 2015 18:05:00 +0000Would You Pass This 1910 Museum Curator Test?'t know how to steer a canoe? Instant failFri, 14 Aug 2015 17:00:00 +0000The World's Oldest Multicolor Printed Book Was Too Fragile to Read...Until Now 1633 book has now been digitizedThu, 13 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Could a Door in King Tut's Tomb Lead to Nefertiti? could be more in Tutanhkamun's burial chamber than meets the eyeWed, 12 Aug 2015 17:10:00 +0000What's Behind China's Professional Tomb Raiding Trend? over, Lara Croft: raiding tombs is an increasingly viable career in ChinaTue, 11 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000Did Shakespeare Smoke Pot? pipes in the Bard’s backyard may retain traces of cannabis, but some historians remain skeptical Tue, 11 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000This is the First Known Photo of the Smithsonian Castle the Smithsonian's 169th birthday, a glimpse into the iconic Castle's constructionMon, 10 Aug 2015 14:39:00 +0000Bats and Balloon Bombs: The Weird Weapons That Could Have Won WWII War II's lesser-known weapons were ingenious, indeedMon, 10 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000