Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-history-archaeology/RSS feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenMon, 20 Oct 2014 17:01:34 +0000Ex-Nazis Received Social Security Payments From Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ex-nazis-received-social-security-payments-america-180953091/Dozens of former Nazis are suspected of collecting millions in Social Security in return for exiting the countryMon, 20 Oct 2014 17:01:34 +0000"Vampire Grave" in Bulgaria Holds a Skeleton With a Stake Through Its Hearthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vampire-grave-bulgaria-holds-skeleton-stake-through-its-heart-180953004/The skeleton likely fell victim to vampire hysteria that gripped Eastern Europe until relatively recently Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:27:13 +0000Amazing Artifacts From the History of Science Are Going Up for Auctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amazing-artefacts-history-science-are-going-auction-180952998/Now if only we all had infinite moneyFri, 10 Oct 2014 20:43:33 +0000Rare Photo of Robert E. Lee's Slave Acquired by National Park Service http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-photo-robert-e-lees-slave-acquired-national-park-service-180952994/The photograph of Selina Gray and her children sold on eBay for $700Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:37:45 +0000Paisley Caves Added to National Register Of Historic Placeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/paisley-caves-added-national-register-historic-places-180952979/One of the earliest sites of evidence for human occupation of North AmericaThu, 09 Oct 2014 13:35:43 +0000Shipwreck Probably Not Santa Mariahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/shipwreck-probably-not-santa-maria-180952974/Shipwreck found off the coast of Haiti is probably not Santa MariaWed, 08 Oct 2014 17:00:58 +0000See Depression-Era Photos from Your Hometownhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-depression-era-photos-your-hometown-180952924/Thousands of images collected to document rural life from 1934 to 1944 are available to peruse online through an interactive projectThu, 02 Oct 2014 17:23:40 +0000Archaeologists Think They’ve Found the Dungeon Where Dracula Was Kepthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-think-theyve-found-dungeon-where-dracula-was-kept-180952913/Vlad the Impaler was likely held captive in Turkey's Tokat CastleThu, 02 Oct 2014 14:42:25 +0000One Very Old Canoe Could Help Explain How Polynesian Sailors Colonized New Zealandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/centuries-old-new-zealand-canoe-gives-insight-polynesian-travel-180952895/New climate analysis and a very old canoe help researchers understand how the Polynesians got aroundTue, 30 Sep 2014 20:15:37 +0000Blood Vessels Left Imprint on 2,000 Year Old Mummyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/blood-vessels-left-imprint-2000-year-old-mummy-180952882/An Egyptian mummy's skull contains the imprint of blood vessels surrounding its brain Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:05:07 +0000More Women Have Reproduced Than Menhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/through-history-more-women-have-reproduced-men-180952840/A new study shows that more women than men have contributed to the human gene poolThu, 25 Sep 2014 14:45:12 +0000How Conversations Around Campfire Might Have Shaped Human Cognition And Culturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/late-night-conversations-around-fire-might-have-shaped-early-human-cognition-and-culture-180952790/We can perhaps thank campfire story time for getting us where we are todayMon, 22 Sep 2014 19:05:08 +0000One of the U.K.'s Most Extraordinary Artifacts Was Likely Made by Childrenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/children-were-likely-metal-workers-prehistoric-england-180952773/The intricate work found on a dagger in 1808 was likely done by childrenFri, 19 Sep 2014 17:10:20 +0000This Skeleton Couple Has Been Holding Hands for 700 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/skeleton-couple-has-been-holding-hands-700-years-180952762/The couple's remains are just one of the discoveries recently made in the "lost chapel" of St. MorrellFri, 19 Sep 2014 14:27:42 +0000Huge Structure in Israel Older Than Pyramidshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/huge-structure-israel-older-pyramids-180952748/The crescent-shaped stone pile may once have been a border marker Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:30:51 +0000The Waters Around San Francisco Conceal a Graveyard of Historic Shipshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/waters-around-san-francisco-conceal-graveyard-historic-ships-180952740/Hundreds of wrecks, potentially, await discovery and exploration Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:04:28 +0000Richard III Suffered Severe Head Wounds in Battlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/richard-iii-suffered-severe-head-wounds-battle-180952736/Analysis of the skeleton revels that he was likely not wearing a helmet when he died Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:53:52 +0000This Is How the Internet Reacted to Two Planes Crashing Into the WTC on 9/11/01http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-internet-reacted-two-planes-crashing-wtc-91101-180952675/The Metafilter page discussing 9/11 is still onlineThu, 11 Sep 2014 16:29:27 +0000Crowns, Beheadings, Rebellions—Bone Up on the History of Scottish Independence Before Next Week's Referendumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historical-roots-scotlands-referendum-180952659/A vote that could change the direction of Scotland's future is a little over a week awayWed, 10 Sep 2014 17:51:02 +0000Sir John Franklin’s Doomed Ship Just Turned Up in the Arctic After 170 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sir-john-franklins-doomed-ship-just-turned-arctic-after-170-years-180952658/The two ships disappeared in 1846 during a British expedition trying to map the Northwest PassageWed, 10 Sep 2014 13:54:01 +0000Summer Vacation Is Actually About City Kids, Not Farm Kidshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/summer-vacation-actually-about-city-kids-not-farm-kids-180952654/If school breaks were really scheduled around farming needs, then kids would be in the classroom during the summer months Tue, 09 Sep 2014 18:50:07 +0000Newly Discovered Viking Fortress Could Have Been a Launch Point for Invading Englandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-viking-fortress-could-have-been-launching-point-invading-england-180952648/The ring-shaped complex could have been used as a military training groundTue, 09 Sep 2014 15:56:26 +0000Peaches Were Domesticated in China 7,500 Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/peaches-domesticated-china-7500-years-ago-180952640/Preserved peach pits reveal the origins of this sweet fruitTue, 09 Sep 2014 14:37:25 +0000Case Solved on Jack the Ripper? Not So Fast http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/case-solved-jack-ripper-180952631/An author and a scientist claim to have proven the identity of the notorious 19th century killer, but others say the evidence is lackingMon, 08 Sep 2014 13:20:03 +0000Restoration Of Egypt’s Oldest Pyramid May Be Harming ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/restoration-egypts-oldest-pyramid-may-be-harming-it-180952602/Efforts to save the Pyramid of Djoser could be making things worseThu, 04 Sep 2014 13:58:07 +0000Dry Grass Hints That Stonehenge Was Once a Whole Circlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dry-grass-indicates-stonehenge-was-once-whole-circle-180952594/Researchers find new evidence about the shape of Stonehenge Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:57:42 +0000At "Slaves' Hill," Some Workers Ate Better Than Othershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-copper-miners-werent-actually-slaves-180952585/New research suggests that the workers at copper mines in the Levant were valued workers, not slavesTue, 02 Sep 2014 17:08:38 +0000Neanderthal Carvings in a Gibraltar Cave Reveal Some of Europe's Oldest Known Artworkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neanderthal-carvings-gibraltar-cave-reveal-europes-oldest-known-artwork-180952581/Some argue, however, that Homo sapiens are responsible for the etchings Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:41:22 +0000The First People to Settle Across North America's Arctic Regions Were Isolated for 4,000 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/isolated-culture-thrived-arctic-4000-years-180952505/New research shows that the first humans in the Arctic lived there for nearly 4,000 yearsThu, 28 Aug 2014 18:22:53 +0000Is This the Most Efficient Way To Build the Pyramids?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/most-efficient-way-build-pyramids-180952501/A new physics study shows another possible method for how the pyramids of Egypt were constructedThu, 28 Aug 2014 15:15:56 +0000Two Maya Cities Found in Mexican Junglehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-mayan-cities-found-mexican-jungle-180952481/One of the sites was re-discovered after being lost for decades Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:00:51 +0000New Analysis Suggests Utah’s Famous Rock Art Is Surprisingly Recenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-analysis-suggests-utahs-famous-rock-art-surprisingly-recent-180952482/The impressive Barrier Canyon Style images hold clues to the identity of their mysterious paintersTue, 26 Aug 2014 18:07:31 +0000