Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-history-archaeology/RSS feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenFri, 28 Aug 2015 15:30:00 +0000Confused Construction Workers Tore Down an Ancient Tomb and Replaced it With a Picnic Tablehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/confused-construction-workers-tore-down-ancient-tomb-and-replaced-it-picnic-table-180956433/Is the tomb's picnic table-like appearance to blame? Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:30:00 +0000During Prohibition, Vintners Sold "Wine Bricks" Rather Than Winehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ingenious-brick-helped-wine-industry-survive-prohibition-180956412/Dissolve, ferment, enjoyThu, 27 Aug 2015 13:30:00 +0000A Woman Just Found a Message in a Bottle From a Century-old Experimenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vacation-goer-spots-message-bottle-century-old-experiment-180956407/A German tourist spotted the bottle, which had been indented to measure deep ocean currentsThu, 27 Aug 2015 12:45:00 +0000Execution Ballads Once Spread the News of Punishment to the Publichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/execution-ballads-once-spread-news-punishment-public-180956397/The grisly tunes deliberately pull on emotions to discourage crimeWed, 26 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000ISIS Recently Blew Up an Ancient Temple in Palmyrahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/isis-blew-ancient-temple-palmyra-180956383/The 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 Goldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-men-say-theyve-found-mythical-train-nazi-gold-180956376/Treasure 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 Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/winged-monster-utah-rock-art-isnt-monster-all-180956373/The picture shows a collection of figures, none of which have wingsMon, 24 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Russia Wants Rachmaninoff’s Remains Back http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/russia-wants-rachmaninoffs-remains-back-180956350/Should 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 Fluhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-bones-found-near-pennsylvania-highway-could-be-1918-flu-pandemic-180956344/Roadside construction reveals mass gravesiteThu, 20 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000Medieval Chastity Belts Are a Mythhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-chastity-belts-are-myth-180956341/People 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 Jellyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americans-used-eat-robin-pie-and-calfs-foot-jelly-all-time-180956339/A food historian points out some forgotten favoritesThu, 20 Aug 2015 12:31:49 +0000Tourists Will Soon Be Able to Sleep Over at Versailleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tourists-will-soon-be-able-sleep-over-versailles-180956337/Let 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 Oldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-just-identified-pinkie-s-almost-2-million-years-old-180956335/And it could be a major evolutionary breakthroughWed, 19 Aug 2015 16:01:01 +0000The First Two Female Army Rangers Are About to Graduatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-two-female-army-rangers-are-about-graduate-180956312/After 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 Yethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/elizabeth-ii-isnt-englands-longest-ruling-monarch-yet-180956306/But she's about to set a royal recordTue, 18 Aug 2015 17:24:22 +0000The Color White Has a Dark Pasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/color-white-dark-past-180956274/From 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 Highwayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1919-ike-took-hellish-road-trip-across-us-180956284/Quicksand, 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? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/questions-every-museum-man-should-be-able-deal-1910-180956283/Don'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 Nowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-multicolor-printed-book-180956262/The 1633 book has now been digitizedThu, 13 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Could a Door in King Tut's Tomb Lead to Nefertiti?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-mysterious-door-tomb-king-tut-lead-nefertiti-180956254/There 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? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/china-has-professional-tomb-raiding-problem-180956214/Move over, Lara Croft: raiding tombs is an increasingly viable career in ChinaTue, 11 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000Did Shakespeare Smoke Pot? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-shakespeare-smoke-pot-180956223/Tobacco 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 Castlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/smithsonian-celebrates-169th-birthday-image-castles-construction-180956212/On 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 WWIIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bats-balloon-bombs-world-war-ii-180956203/World War II's lesser-known weapons were ingenious, indeedMon, 10 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Could This Video Solve One of History's Greatest Art Mysteries? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-video-surfaces-infamous-gardner-museum-heist-180956197/Footage shows an unknown man entering the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum the night before the infamous robberyFri, 07 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000These Academics Are Outracing (and Outwitting) ISIShttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/academics-outracing-outwitting-isis-180956193/Historians, archaeologists and librarians scramble to save precious cultural capital before it can be sold or destroyed by militantsFri, 07 Aug 2015 17:00:00 +0000Americans Have Always Loved to Hate Presidential Debateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americans-have-always-loved-hate-presidential-debates-180956196/Audiences are ambivalent — but they still tune inFri, 07 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Nagasaki Bombing Almost Didn’t Happenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nagasaki-bombing-almost-didnt-happen-180956194/What really happened on the mission to drop the second atomic bombFri, 07 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000The Health Effects of the Atom Bomb Are Still Being Studiedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-bombings-hiroshima-and-nagasaki-still-inform-health-today-180956185/Studies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors influence worldwide radiation standards, even 70 years laterThu, 06 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000Blueberries: A Biographyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/past-decade-world-blueberry-production-has-tripled-180956173/The world's commercial blueberries all have their roots in New JerseyThu, 06 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000He Designed the Sydney Opera House...But Wasn't Even Invited to its Openinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/architect-sydney-opera-house-wasnt-invited-opening-180956175/Somehow, an inexperienced architect and a mismanaged project still produced one of the world's most iconic buildingsThu, 06 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Astronauts Fill Out Customs Forms, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronauts-customs-forms-180956181/Read Buzz Aldrin's expense report and customs form from his Apollo 11 mission to the moonThu, 06 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000Teen Schools Professor on "No Irish Need Apply" Signshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/teen-schools-professor-no-irish-need-apply-signs-180956162/Armed with a Google search and a theory, a 14-year-old enters the fray on a longstanding historical debateWed, 05 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000The Parks Service Just Added Four New National Historic Landmarkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/parks-service-just-added-four-new-national-historic-landmarks-180956160/Masonic memorials, bison jumps and parksTue, 04 Aug 2015 19:13:00 +0000North Korea's Military Still Uses Stealth Planes From the 1940s http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-north-korea-using-stealth-plane-1940s-180956145/The An-2 can hover and fly backwardsTue, 04 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000A 13th-Century Sword Is Giving Historians a Headachehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swords-inscription-800-year-old-mystery-180956147/The sword's inscription is an 800-year-old mysteryTue, 04 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Scientists Have Been Talking About Greenhouse Gases for 191 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-talking-about-greenhouse-gases-191-years-180956146/The first explorations of the greenhouse effect began in 1824Mon, 03 Aug 2015 20:54:46 +0000The United States Once Invaded and Occupied Haitihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-invaded-occupied-haiti-180956135/In 1915, American troops began a 19-year, unofficial occupation of the Caribbean nation Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000NYC Subway Technology Goes Way Back...to the 1930shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-city-subway-technology-1930s-180956111/America's busiest subway system relies on vintage machinesFri, 31 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000Florida Divers Dig Up $1 Million in Sunken Treasurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/divers-dig-1-million-sunken-treasure-180956112/Treasure hunters find 300-year-old coins from a Spanish fleet off the Florida coastThu, 30 Jul 2015 18:02:00 +000070 Years Ago, a B-25 Bomber Crashed Into the Empire State Buildinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/july-1945-b-25-bomber-crashed-empire-state-building-180956103/14 people died in the accidentThu, 30 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Times Square’s Iconic Billboards May Be Illegalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/times-squares-iconic-billboards-may-be-illegal-180956091/Bright lights, big city, breaking the lawWed, 29 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Climate Change Might Break Carbon Datinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-might-break-carbon-dating-180956062/Fossil 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/who-were-first-people-eat-chickens-180956057/A 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 Cannibalismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/franklins-doomed-arctic-expedition-ended-gruesome-cannibalism-180956054/New 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 Quranhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/might-be-oldest-copy-quran-180956036/Manuscript fragments found in U.K. library were written between 568 and 645Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19:41:02 +0000Why Are People Still Using Asbestos? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-asbestos-still-used-even-though-health-concerns-were-raised-century-ago-180956011/The 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 Archivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/international-olympic-committee-just-rescued-its-priceless-audiovisual-archive-180956000/Seven 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.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/central-park-has-no-statues-real-women-180955973/Could 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, Literallyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1960s-julius-hobson-took-dcs-rat-problem-his-own-hands-180955961/And 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 Enginehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-steam-cars-were-combustion-engine-won-180955959/The 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 Alivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pt-barnums-bizarre-museum-burned-ground-1865-180955955/Attracting 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 Soldiershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robots-and-divers-scour-pacific-long-lost-wwii-soldiers-180955947/An 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 Arehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archeologists-found-almost-2000-gold-spiral-objects-bronze-age-180955943/The 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 Pieceshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/statue-liberty-arrived-350-pieces-180955920/Luckily, she also came with an instruction manualFri, 17 Jul 2015 12:36:15 +0000Explore This Map of 13 Centuries' Worth of English Metaphorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/projects-maps-13-centuries-metaphors-english-language-180955925/How long ago did English speakers start linking chickens with fearfulness?Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000How Pluto Got Its Namehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-pluto-got-its-name-180955912/New 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 Redecoratehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-happens-when-first-lady-decides-redecorate-180955889/A 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1920s-dorothy-arzner-paved-way-female-directors-today-180955904/Arzner directed 20 feature films Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Obama Just Established Three New National Monuments Covering Over a Million Acreshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/obama-just-established-three-new-national-monuments-covering-over-million-acres-180955895/Art, fossils and natural beautyMon, 13 Jul 2015 12:26:36 +0000Ever Heard of the Bontebok? It’s an African Animal Humans Nearly Destroyed, Then Savedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ever-heard-bontebok-its-one-african-animal-humans-nearly-destroyed-then-saved-180955885/Part 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 Cattlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/south-africa-people-painted-milk-cattle-were-domesticated-180955852/The 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unescos-newest-world-heritage-sites-are-vineyards-180955850/Bordeaux, 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. Capitolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/harvard-professor-tried-blow-us-capitol-july-1915-180955836/Driven 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 Wimbledonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/croquet-used-be-big-thing-wimbledon-180955828/The 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 Franciscohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1950-us-released-bioweapon-san-francisco-180955819/This 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 Uphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-colonial-doctor-changed-medical-views-alcohol-180955813/Meet 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 Destroyedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/erosion-and-human-damage-have-destroyed-more-1200-miles-chinas-great-wall-180955810/Only a small fraction of the remaining wall is in good conditionFri, 03 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000