Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-history-archaeology/RSS feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenMon, 27 Jun 2016 15:10:00 +0000An Ancient Squash Dodges Extinction Thanks to the Efforts of Native Americanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-squash-dodges-extinction-thanks-efforts-native-americans-180959565/Indigenous people carefully tended an ancient squash for thousands of years and now the seeds are seeing a resurgence in popularityMon, 27 Jun 2016 15:10:00 +0000President Obama Just Created the First National Monument to Gay Rightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/president-obama-just-created-first-national-monument-gay-rights-180959562/The Stonewall National Monument tells the story of LGBTQ struggles in the United StatesFri, 24 Jun 2016 19:34:31 +0000A Strange Case of Dancing Mania Struck Germany Six Centuries Ago Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/strange-case-dancing-mania-struck-germany-six-centuries-ago-today-180959549/Modern experts still don't agree on what caused plagues of compulsive dancing in the streetsFri, 24 Jun 2016 18:52:05 +0000What's the Difference Between England, Britain and the U.K.?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whats-difference-between-england-britain-and-uk-180959558/Listen up, would-be Anglophiles: Here's how never to mess up your realms, kingdoms and empires again Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:21:14 +0000Commemorate the Panama Canal's Expansion With These Photos From Its Constructionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/commemorate-panama-canals-expansion-these-photos-from-its-construction-180959546/The Panama Canal is opening a third lane to accommodate new mega cargo ships, a feat almost—but not quite—as impressive as building the originalFri, 24 Jun 2016 16:04:48 +0000Solving a Neighborhood Mystery Reveals Forgotten African-American Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/solving-neighborhood-mystery-reveals-forgotten-african-american-history-180959536/An abandoned lot in San Antonio turned out to be an important part of the city's storyFri, 24 Jun 2016 14:00:00 +0000A Brief History of Congressional Carpetshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-congressional-carpets-180959545/There's more to the House floor than meets the eyeThu, 23 Jun 2016 17:15:56 +0000After 52 Years, the "Mississippi Burning" Case Closeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-52-years-mississippi-burning-case-closed-180959533/The Department of Justice and State of Mississippi close the investigation of three civil rights workers killed by KKK members in 1964Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:43:36 +0000The Marines Have Confirmed That One of the Men in the Iconic Iwo Jima Photo Has Been Misidentified for 71 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marines-confirm-identity-man-misidentified-iconic-iwo-jima-photo-180959542/ Pvt. 1st Class Harold Schultz never publicly spoke about his role during his lifeThu, 23 Jun 2016 15:12:51 +0000UN Report Shows Refugee Numbers Have Hit a Historic Highhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/un-report-shows-refugee-numbers-have-hit-historic-a-historic-high-180959523/More than 65 million people are now displaced from their homes due to extended wars and a lack of new solutionsWed, 22 Jun 2016 19:00:07 +0000What Brexit Would Mean for U.K.'s Arts, Sciences and Other Sectorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-brexit-would-mean-for-uks-arts-sciences-and-other-sectors-180959516/Exiting the European Union could have far ranging consequences for industries throughout the United KingdomTue, 21 Jun 2016 17:19:53 +0000This Library Has Books Checked Out by Hamilton and Burrhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-has-books-checked-out-hamilton-and-burr-180959433/The New York Society Library was wide enough for both menMon, 20 Jun 2016 17:30:00 +0000The Contentious History of the Cherry Tomatohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/contentious-history-cherry-tomato-180959420/The salad topper has a long and fraught historyMon, 20 Jun 2016 16:50:55 +0000As U.S.-Cuba Relations Warm, This Long-Dead Author Benefitshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-cuba-relations-warm-long-dead-author-benefits-180959465/A new conservation facility is on its way to Hemingway’s home near HavanaMon, 20 Jun 2016 13:54:45 +0000Former SS Guard Convicted on 170,000 Counts of Accessory to Murderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/former-ss-guard-convicted-on-170000-counts-of-accessory-to-murder-180959472/Reinhold Hanning a 94-year-old retired dairy farmer served as a guard at Auschwitz during World War IIFri, 17 Jun 2016 19:59:05 +0000LGBT People Are the Targets of More Hate Crimes Than Any Other Minorityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lgbt-people-are-targets-more-hate-crimes-any-other-minority-180959461/Hate crimes against LGBT people are far from rareFri, 17 Jun 2016 18:40:41 +0000Archaeologists Uncover Massive Naval Bases of the Ancient Athenianshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/archaeologists-uncover-massive-naval-bases-ancient-athenians-180959452/Researchers have excavated ship sheds in the city of Piraeus that held triremes from the pivotal Battle of SalamisFri, 17 Jun 2016 14:27:13 +0000Report: Nine Out of Ten Refugee Children Travel Alonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/report-nine-out-ten-refugee-children-travel-alone-180959408/Tens of thousands of kids are on the move—and face scary challenges as they migrateWed, 15 Jun 2016 14:33:23 +0000One Day Only: A Chance to View One Map to Rule Them Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-day-only-chance-view-one-map-rule-them-all-180959391/A rare Tolkien-annotated map goes on display June 23Wed, 15 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Complicated History Between the Press and the Presidencyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/complicated-history-between-press-and-presidency-180959406/Banning a newspaper like the 'Post' is a move that wouldn't fly even in the Nixon White HouseTue, 14 Jun 2016 20:49:16 +0000Net Neutrality Was Just Upheld in the U.S. Court of Appealshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/net-neutrality-was-just-upheld-us-court-appeals-180959402/It’s a victory for open internet activists—but will it stick?Tue, 14 Jun 2016 16:37:39 +0000A Brief History of Children Sent Through the Mailhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-children-sent-through-mail-180959372/In the early days of the parcel post, some parents took advantage of the mail in unexpected waysTue, 14 Jun 2016 15:31:23 +0000Laser Scans Reveal Massive Khmer Cities Hidden in the Cambodian Junglehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/laser-scans-reveal-massive-khmer-cities-hidden-cambodian-jungle-180959395/Using Lidar technology, researchers are discovering the extent of the medieval Khmer empireTue, 14 Jun 2016 14:20:00 +0000A Brief History of Bog Butterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/a-brief-history-of-bog-butter-180959384/Turf cutters in Ireland regularly find chunks of butter deep in the nation's peat bogs. What is the stuff doing there?Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:11:45 +0000Bronze Buckle Shows Ancient Trade Between Eurasia and North America http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bronze-buckle-shows-trade-between-asia-and-north-america-180959378/Metal objects found on Alaska's Seward Peninsula indicate that local people received trade goods from Asia almost 1,000 years agoMon, 13 Jun 2016 15:23:03 +0000Thousands of Objects Taken From Holocaust Victims Have Been Rediscoveredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thousands-objects-holocaust-victims-have-been-rediscovered-180959376/Almost 16,000 items were forgotten for decadesFri, 10 Jun 2016 18:03:13 +0000Help England Crowdsource Its Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/help-england-crowdsource-its-history-180959348/Historic England is asking the public for information and photos on 21 weird and wonderful sites on its list of historic placesFri, 10 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000Archaeologists Find Gigantic Ancient Monument in Jordanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-found-gigantic-ancient-monument-jordan-180959368/In the ancient city of Petra, Google Earth and drones helped uncover remnants of a platform the size of an Olympic swimming poolThu, 09 Jun 2016 19:50:14 +0000Five Things to Know About the Declaration of Sentimentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-declaration-sentiments-180959352/From seating to suffrage, here’s why the document is relevant todayWed, 08 Jun 2016 20:24:07 +0000The Marshall Islands Are Becoming Less Nuclearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marshall-islands-are-becoming-less-nuclear-180959332/A new study finds that the abandoned nuclear test sites aren't much more radioactive than Central Park Tue, 07 Jun 2016 17:07:23 +0000Headgear Fit for a Champion: What Muhammad Ali Left Behindhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/headgear-fit-champion-what-muhammad-ali-left-behind-180959327/The boxer may be dead, but physical traces of his audacious life remainTue, 07 Jun 2016 11:30:00 +0000After a Century, an Anthropologist Picked up the Trail of the "Hobo King"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-century-anthropologist-picked-trail-original-hobo-king-180959313/One hundred-year-old graffiti by “A-No.1” and others were found by the L.A. RiverMon, 06 Jun 2016 16:18:55 +0000X-Rays Reveal "Hidden Library" on the Spines of Early Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/x-rays-reveal-hidden-library-spines-early-books-180959317/Researchers are uncovering fragments of medieval texts used in early book bindingMon, 06 Jun 2016 15:56:56 +0000A Steamy Letter From JFK Is up for Auction http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/steamy-letter-jfk-auction-180959310/The president had a real way with the ladies—and with an em dashFri, 03 Jun 2016 19:32:00 +0000King Tut’s Dagger Was Made From a Meteoritehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/king-tuts-dagger-was-made-meteorite-180959294/X-ray spectroscopy lays a decades-long metal mystery to restThu, 02 Jun 2016 18:15:59 +0000Neanderthals Built Mysterious Stalagmite Semicircleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neanderthals-built-mysterious-stalagmite-semicircles-180959257/But why?Fri, 27 May 2016 15:53:21 +0000Inside the Effort to Digitize Medieval Monks' Chantshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/inside-effort-digitize-medieval-monks-chants-180959191/Scanning and interpreting centuries-old manuscripts is a challenge because musical notation wasn't formalized yetFri, 27 May 2016 14:20:00 +0000Five Landmarks Threatened by Climate Change http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-landmarks-threatened-climate-change-180959248/Will a warming planet destroy humankinds' most precious cultural treasures? Fri, 27 May 2016 13:52:43 +0000Five Times the United States Officially Apologizedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-times-united-states-officially-apologized-180959254/These are a few instances where the U.S. admitted it had done wrongFri, 27 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000Rome Is Looking for People to Adopt Famous, Falling-Apart Siteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rome-looking-people-adopt-famous-falling-apart-sites-180959236/When in Rome, pony up some cash for cultural preservation Thu, 26 May 2016 18:16:31 +0000Dozens of Rare Documents From American History Just Sold at Auctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dozens-rare-documents-american-history-just-sold-at-auction-180959239/Original copies of the 13th Amendment and the Emancipation Proclamation just sold for millionsThu, 26 May 2016 13:43:07 +0000Research Reveals More Complete Picture of the Devastation Wrought by the Black Deathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/research-reveals-more-complete-picture-of-the-devastation-wrought-by-the-black-death-180959233/By examining pottery remains in over 50 rural settlements, archaeologists now better understand the extent that the population was wiped out by the plagueWed, 25 May 2016 16:11:29 +0000An Archive of Fugitive Slave Ads Sheds New Light on Lost Historieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archive-fugitive-slave-ads-could-shed-new-light-lost-histories-180959194/Wanted ads posted by slave owners reveal details of life under slaveryWed, 25 May 2016 13:30:00 +0000Gan Bei! Chinese Brewed Beer 5,000 Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gan-bei-chinese-brewed-beer-5000-years-ago-180959218/Researchers analyzed deposits on ancient pots and jugs to find out Chinese brewers made sophisticated barley beers 1,000 years earlier than thoughtTue, 24 May 2016 20:16:14 +0000Five Fascinating Details About the Media Mogul Who May Have Written “Mary Had a Little Lamb”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-fascinating-details-about-media-mogul-who-might-have-written-mary-had-little-lamb-180959212/Everywhere that Sarah Josepha Hale went, success was sure to goTue, 24 May 2016 12:30:00 +0000Auschwitz Museum Finds Victim's Jewelry in False-Bottomed Mughttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/auschwitz-museum-finds-victims-jewelry-in-false-bottomed-mug-180959210/A women’s ring made of gold and a necklace was carefully wrapped in a piece of canvasMon, 23 May 2016 19:21:05 +0000How Forensic Scientists Once Tried to "See" a Dead Person's Last Sighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-forensic-scientists-once-tried-see-dead-persons-last-sight-180959157/Scientists once believed that the dead's last sight could be resolved from their extracted eyeballsMon, 23 May 2016 16:18:42 +0000Female WWII Pilots Can Now Be Buried at Arlington National Cemeteryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/female-wwii-pilots-can-now-be-buried-arlington-national-cemetery--180959203/Seventy-five years later, WASPs have won one last battleMon, 23 May 2016 16:01:35 +0000Geoarchaeologist Proposes There Was a "World War Zero"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/geoarchaeologist-proposes-there-was-a-world-war-zero-180959152/Could an alliance among the "Luwians" have helped caused the collapse of eastern Mediterranean civilizations 3,200 years ago?Fri, 20 May 2016 19:10:28 +0000An Archive of Native Americans Portraits Taken a Century Ago Spurs Further Explorationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archive-native-americans-portraits-taken-century-ago-spurs-further-exploration-180959167/Edward S. Curtis' photography is famous, but contemporary Native American artists go beyond stereotypes Fri, 20 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000Curators Are Preserving Graffiti Scrawled By WWI Conscientious Objectorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/graffiti-wwi-conscientious-objectors-being-preserved-180959156/The cell walls at Richmond Castle are still covered in drawings and notesThu, 19 May 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Story of the Komagata Maru Is a Sad Mark on Canada’s Pasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/story-komagata-maru-sad-mark-canadas-past-180959160/Why Prime Minister Trudeau’s decision to formally apologize is so significantThu, 19 May 2016 13:20:37 +0000Amateur Divers Find Huge Cache of Bronze Artifacts in Israel National Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-divers-find-huge-cache-bronze-artifacts-israel-national-park-180959143/Recreational divers discover a Roman shipwreck full of rare bronze statues, coins and other artifacts in Caesarea National ParkWed, 18 May 2016 14:16:30 +0000British Barber Proposes Beard Taxhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-barber-proposes-new-beard-tax-180959136/Inspired by historical examples, Antony Kent wants men to pay a 100-pound fee to rock a bushy beardTue, 17 May 2016 18:15:31 +0000This Latin Thesaurus Has Been in Progress Since 1894 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/latin-thesaurus-has-been-progress-1894-180959137/Scholars are still working on the letter "N"Tue, 17 May 2016 17:05:02 +0000Why "The Royal Oak" Is a Popular Pub Name in the U.K.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-royal-oak-popular-pub-name-uk-180959098/The story goes back to the English Civil Wars and a prince on the runFri, 13 May 2016 15:43:15 +0000Madame de Pompadour's Legacy as a Patron of Arts Is Often Overlookedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/madame-de-pompadours-legacy-patron-arts-often-overlooked-180959062/A new exhibit explores the creative works of one of history's most famous mistressesThu, 12 May 2016 16:38:15 +0000During the Cold War, the Air Force Dropped an Unarmed Nuke on South Carolinahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/during-cold-war-air-force-dropped-an-unarmed-nuke-on-south-carolina-180959078/Amazingly, none of the Gregg family of Mars Bluff were seriously hurt, not even the catThu, 12 May 2016 14:47:59 +000050,000-Year-Old Axe Shows Australians Were at The Cutting Edge of Technologyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nearly-50000-year-old-stone-chip-shows-australians-were-innovators-axe-technology-180959050/A polished stone chip is the earliest-known example of a ground-edge axe yetWed, 11 May 2016 17:59:20 +0000Five Things to Know About the Diamond Sutra, the World’s Oldest Dated Printed Bookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/Five-things-to-know-about-diamond-sutra-worlds-oldest-dated-printed-book-180959052/Printed over 1,100 years ago, a Chinese copy of the Diamond Sutra at the British Library is one of the most intriguing documents in the worldWed, 11 May 2016 13:58:00 +0000Victoria Woodhull Ran for President Before Women Had the Right to Votehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/victoria-woodhull-ran-for-president-before-women-had-the-right-to-vote-180959038/Her 1872 campaign platform focused on women’s rights and sexual freedomTue, 10 May 2016 14:35:52 +0000The Bison Is Now the Official Mammal of the United Stateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bison-now-official-mammal-united-states-180958921/The big beasts are the first official mammals recognized by the federal governmentMon, 09 May 2016 20:07:42 +0000Kenya Moves to Shut Down the World's Largest Refugee Camphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kenya-moves-shut-down-worlds-largest-refugee-camp-180959030/Over the weekend, Kenya announced plans to shut the Dadaab and Kakuma camps, which house hundreds of thousands of Somali refugeesMon, 09 May 2016 16:40:59 +0000These Little-Known Nuns Helped Map the Starshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-little-known-nuns-helped-map-stars-180959012/A century later, the identities of women who mapped over 481,000 stars are finally knownFri, 06 May 2016 15:43:57 +0000Meet Mary Kies, America’s First Woman to Become a Patent Holderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-mary-kies-americas-first-woman-become-patent-holder-180959008/Brains plus bonnets equal a historic firstThu, 05 May 2016 14:15:50 +0000Virtual Reality Film Will Simulate Anne Frank’s Hiding Placehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/virtual-reality-film-will-simulate-anne-franks-hiding-place-180958996/'Anne' will give audiences a sense of what it was like to be in the "Secret Annex"Wed, 04 May 2016 19:39:08 +0000A Brief History of Lee Harvey Oswald's Connection to Cubahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/a-brief-history-of-lee-harvey-oswalds-connection-to-cuba-180958987/For over 50 years, conspiracy theorists have linked JFK’s assassin to Fidel Castro’s CubaWed, 04 May 2016 16:50:53 +0000Marines Are Investigating the Identity of a Flag Raiser in the Iconic Iwo Jima Photohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marines-investigating-identity-flag-raiser-iconic-iwo-jima-image-180958979/Amateur historians have called into question the identity of a soldier in Joe Rosenthal's 1945 Pulitzer prize-winning imageTue, 03 May 2016 19:49:27 +0000Mountaineers Have Discovered the Bodies of Alex Lowe and David Bridgeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/Mountaineers-Have-Discovered-the-Bodies-of-Alex-Lowe-and-David-Bridges-180958977/The climbers died in an avalanche on Shishapangma in 1999Tue, 03 May 2016 18:24:59 +0000“New” 2,000-Year-Old Geoglyph Spotted in Peruhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-2000-year-old-geoglyph-spotted-peru-180958968/There’s always more to learn about the mysterious Nazca linesMon, 02 May 2016 16:01:22 +0000A "Merbot" Retrieved Artifacts From Louis XIV’s Sunken Flagshiphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/a-merbot-retrieved-artifacts-louis-xivs-sunken-flagship-180958950/The humanoid diving robot could help researchers explore fragile wrecks from the surface of the seaMon, 02 May 2016 15:09:13 +0000Spanish Ditch Diggers Unearth 1,300 Pounds of Roman Coinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spanish-ditch-diggers-unearth-1300-pounds-roman-coins-180958958/Workers near Seville, Spain, found a hoard of 19 amphora filled with mint-condition coins from the third and fourth centuriesFri, 29 Apr 2016 18:34:40 +0000James Monroe’s House Was Way Bigger Than Historians Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/james-monroes-house-was-way-bigger-historians-thoughts-180958956/It turns out that Highland was more "castle" than "cabin"Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:51:36 +0000The Swiss Have Made Cheese Since the Iron Agehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swiss-have-made-cheese-iron-age-180958952/This discovery pushes Swiss cheesemaking traditions back millenniaFri, 29 Apr 2016 15:56:04 +0000Over 9,000 Years Later, Kennewick Man Will Be Given a Native American Burialhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/over-9000-years-later-kennewick-man-will-be-given-native-american-burial-180958947/Five Native American nations will join together to bury his remainsThu, 28 Apr 2016 20:15:21 +0000