Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonian feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenFri, 26 Aug 2016 18:07:28 +0000After 52 Years, the War Between Colombia and the FARC Will End out of five of the decades-long conflict's dead were civiliansFri, 26 Aug 2016 18:07:28 +0000The Fight to Preserve Langston Hughes’ Harlem Home From Gentrification new kind of Harlem renaissance is threatening the home of one of America's greatest poetsFri, 26 Aug 2016 15:16:11 +0000Help Crowdsource the History of Wine University of California, Davis, is looking for online volunteers to help catalog and describe 5,200 wine labelsFri, 26 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000Ancient Egyptian Stories Will Be Published in English for the First Time from hieroglyphics on monuments, tombs and papyri, the book will present tales few outside of academia have readThu, 25 Aug 2016 16:34:48 +0000Publisher Set to Release Exact Replicas of the World's Most Mysterious Manuscript will be 898 copies made of the coded Voynich Manuscript, which has stumped scholars for a centuryWed, 24 Aug 2016 20:10:40 +0000Scan Reveals Rare, 500-Year-Old Mesoamerican Manuscript imagery reveals hidden Mixtec paintings and glyphs on the 16-foot, deer-hide Codex SeldenWed, 24 Aug 2016 16:40:00 +0000Inside the Upcoming Memorial and Museum Dedicated to Lynching Victims slavery to segregation to mass incarcerationWed, 24 Aug 2016 16:25:10 +0000Harvard Just Launched a Fascinating Resource All About Bauhaus newly digitized collection is as ambitious as the art school it documentsTue, 23 Aug 2016 15:00:00 +0000Love Truman Capote? Buy His Ashes the sale of Capote’s earthy remains a gauche publicity stunt or an act worthy of the audacious author?Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:38:11 +0000A Guide to Ancient Magic antiquity, love or revenge was just a spell awayMon, 22 Aug 2016 15:15:00 +0000Five Places Where Confederate Monuments Have Recently Disappeared (or Soon Will) University's decision to rename a building to "Memorial Hall" is just one of many ongoing effortsFri, 19 Aug 2016 18:10:08 +0000DOJ Will Say Goodbye to Private Federal Prisons facilities for federal inmates will be phased out—but state use of the practice remainsFri, 19 Aug 2016 17:34:55 +0000This Olympic Medal Is Even Harder to Win Than the Gold International Olympic Committee values sportsmanship above all elseFri, 19 Aug 2016 15:06:43 +0000Explorers Find Second Oldest Shipwreck in the Great Lakes merchant sloop <i>Washington</i> went down in a storm in 1803 on Lake OntarioThu, 18 Aug 2016 18:57:55 +0000Use the Phrase “Polish Death Camps” in Poland and You May Go to Jail, saying that Nazi death camps were Polish could earn you three years in prisonThu, 18 Aug 2016 18:18:29 +0000Why the 1980 Olympic Village Is Now a Prison’s one way to deal with leftover infrastructureThu, 18 Aug 2016 15:42:59 +0000DNA Analysis Reveals What Ötzi the Iceman Wore to His Grave rocked surprisingly complex fashion for the Copper AgeThu, 18 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000Dig to Find Fabled Nazi Gold Train Begins believe the Nazis stashed an armored train full of gold and weapons in tunnels in Poland's Owl MountainsWed, 17 Aug 2016 17:23:33 +0000The So-Called “Superhenge” Was Made of Wood, Not Stone research shows that the ancient structure was also taken down in a hurryWed, 17 Aug 2016 16:26:29 +0000Highest Peak in South Dakota Renamed for Oglala Lakota Medicine Man federal board has officially changed South Dakota's Harney Peak to Black Elk PeakTue, 16 Aug 2016 17:09:51 +0000Did the Ancient Greeks Engage in Human Sacrifice? remains uncovered at an altar to Zeus on Mount Lykaion may confirm legends about human sacrifice at the shrineFri, 12 Aug 2016 16:32:41 +0000Tourists in Hawaii Accidentally Discovered Ancient Petroglyphs stroke of luck on the beachFri, 12 Aug 2016 14:09:00 +0000The Rules About How to Address the U.S. Flag Came About Because No One Wanted to Look Like a Nazi the National Anthem, Americans are asked to put their right hands over their hearts. But why?Fri, 12 Aug 2016 11:00:00 +0000Ancient Hominids Used These 250,000-Year-Old Tools for Butchery of blood on the prehistoric tools, suggest our ancestors had a much more varied diet than once thoughtThu, 11 Aug 2016 17:55:16 +0000World's Oldest Gold Object May Have Just Been Unearthed in Bulgaria small gold bead shows that Copper Age people in the Balkans were processing gold 6,500 years agoThu, 11 Aug 2016 17:21:05 +0000Germany Is Reworking the Commission That Handles Restitution for Nazi-Looted Art lackluster track record and controversial comments led to a shiftWed, 10 Aug 2016 18:47:10 +0000NASA Accidentally Sold a Precious Apollo Artifact seemingly simple bag is at the center of multiple lawsuitsWed, 10 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000Why India’s “Iron Lady” Went on a Hunger Strike for 16 Years Chanu Sharmila resisted a draconian law with her own bodyTue, 09 Aug 2016 17:56:50 +0000What Is the Role of the Emperor in Modern Japan? the role is ceremonial, abdication could mean a political battleMon, 08 Aug 2016 19:36:27 +0000Rare Maya Burial Temple Discovered in Belize at Xunantunich have uncovered the remains of a body and hieroglyphics that tell the story of the snake-head dynastyMon, 08 Aug 2016 19:01:56 +0000Last Journalists Exit the Birthplace of Modern News 300 years, Fleet Street, the London thoroughfare home to dozens of newspapers and thousands of reporters, becomes a tourist stopMon, 08 Aug 2016 16:07:04 +0000Original Pooh Bear Gets Makeover, Returns to New York Public Library and his friends are clean, fluffy and filled with stories Fri, 05 Aug 2016 15:16:31 +0000A Palace Was Unearthed Where Legend Places King Arthur's Birthplace at Tintagel uncover walls and artifacts from a Dark Ages complex likely used by local kingsFri, 05 Aug 2016 14:44:43 +0000New Observation Tower Is World's Thinnest's West Pier comes back to a crazy vertical viewing towerThu, 04 Aug 2016 18:42:27 +0000One of the Earliest Images of Skiing Was Destroyed by Youths Trying to “Improve It” petroglyph was made 5,000 years agoThu, 04 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000Meet Ava, a Bronze Age Woman From the Scottish Highlands forensic artist has recreated the face of a woman alive 3,700 years agoThu, 04 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Diaries of Holocaust Architect Heinrich Himmler Discovered in Russia man who designed the Nazi concentration camps switched easily between recording domestic life and mass murderWed, 03 Aug 2016 17:15:39 +0000The Government Just Won a Long Legal Battle Over Rare Coins enigmatic Double Eagles are anything but trinketsWed, 03 Aug 2016 14:18:55 +0000Taiwan's President Issues First Formal Apology to Nation's Indigenous Peoples Ing-wen is also setting up new programs and implementing laws to guarantee basic rights for native inhabitantsTue, 02 Aug 2016 17:33:18 +0000This Ball of Thread Is 3,000 Years Old it is simply held in the wrong way, the priceless artifact could crumble to piecesTue, 02 Aug 2016 16:51:10 +0000Peru Cracks Down on Illegal Gold Miners boom in outlaw mining activity in the last five years is polluting rivers, poisoning people and destroying forests in the Peruvian AmazonMon, 01 Aug 2016 16:50:00 +0000Tour the London of Yore With a Gigantic New Photo Map London Picture Map brings an old city to new lifeFri, 29 Jul 2016 14:39:19 +0000How Sojourner Truth Used Photography to Help End Slavery groundbreaking orator embraced newfangled technology to make her message heardThu, 28 Jul 2016 19:14:07 +0000Gouda Find: Divers Discover 340-Year-Old Dairy Product in Shipwreck researcher compared the scent to a mixture of yeast and a type of unpasteurized cheese called RoquefortThu, 28 Jul 2016 14:59:39 +0000Walmart Once Pulled a Shirt That Said “Someday a Woman Will Be President” From Its Shelves Hillary Clinton was living in the White House, no lessWed, 27 Jul 2016 19:35:55 +0000Why Ancestral Puebloans Honored People With Extra Digits research shows having extra toes or fingers was a revered trait among people living in the Chaco Canyon, New MexicoWed, 27 Jul 2016 17:08:17 +0000Civil Rights Legend John Lewis Won a Prestigious Comic Book Award <i>March</i>, Lewis brings his life story to a whole new generationTue, 26 Jul 2016 19:14:00 +0000The White House Was, in Fact, Built by Slaves with the Capitol and other iconic buildings in Washington, D.C.Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:19:53 +0000Archaeologists Are Trying to Digitally Preserve an Ancient Cave Before It's Demolished 5th-century cave is in the way of an airport expansionTue, 26 Jul 2016 16:36:13 +0000The World Trade Center's Only Surviving Art Is Headed Back Home, but not broken, Fritz Koenig's "Sphere" will be reinstalled near its original location at Ground Zero Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:46:39 +0000Bloody Leaves Help Solve 82-Year-Old Royal Mystery Albert's untimely death sparked a range of conspiracy theories about the causeTue, 26 Jul 2016 15:37:37 +0000An Artist Will Slice Up a Peninsula to Remember Norway's 2011 Massacre"Memory Wound" will evoke the brutal losses of the July 22 tragedyMon, 25 Jul 2016 16:22:31 +0000War Correspondents Are No Longer Spies in the Eyes of the Pentagon Law of War manual removes references that equate journalism to participation in hostilitiesFri, 22 Jul 2016 18:25:49 +0000Researcher Discovers First Written Evidence of Laws of Friction in Leonardo Da Vinci's Notebooks scientific breakthrough was dismissed as a useless doodle—until nowFri, 22 Jul 2016 18:00:56 +0000The Media Village at the Rio Olympics Is Built on a Mass Grave of Slaves Brazil looks forward to an Olympic future, it buries its pastFri, 22 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000Museum Unveils Henry VIII's Flagship <i>Mary Rose</i> sank almost 500 years ago, but following more than 30 years of restoration, the remains of the warship are open to the publicThu, 21 Jul 2016 17:52:45 +0000Cave Graffiti Shows Natives and Europeans Had Early Dialogue in the Caribbean art from both Taíno people and Spanish explorers in a cave on Mona Island shows the two had some early cultural understandingThu, 21 Jul 2016 16:47:38 +0000Lucifer Has Long Had His Hands in Politics the earliest days of Christianity, people have accused their political rivals of being in league with the DevilWed, 20 Jul 2016 19:04:51 +0000After 6,000 Years of Farming, Barley Is Still (More or Less) the Same about an ancient grainWed, 20 Jul 2016 14:09:35 +0000These Anti-Suffragette Postcards Warned Against Giving Women the Vote are always those who resist societal changeTue, 19 Jul 2016 18:15:28 +0000Watch Historic Footage of Seven Consequential (and Cringeworthy) Convention Moments tidbits of political theater past must be seen to be believedMon, 18 Jul 2016 19:33:40 +0000Jane Austen’s Music Collection Is Now Online piano like a Darcy with nearly 600 Austen-approved tunesMon, 18 Jul 2016 14:28:44 +0000Unesco Names New World Heritage Sites art, irrigation and education add to the organization's growing list of sites worthy of protectionFri, 15 Jul 2016 19:27:29 +0000Did Rembrandt Have Help With His Most Famous Paintings? new study suggests the old master also knew his opticsFri, 15 Jul 2016 10:00:00 +0000The Revolutionary Infographics of W.E.B. Du Bois And Booker T. Washington visualizations shed light on the living conditions of black people decades after the end of slaveryThu, 14 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0000After 45 Years, the FBI Has Officially Stopped Looking for D.B. Cooper mysterious skyjacker got away cleanWed, 13 Jul 2016 18:20:00 +0000Britain’s Most Famous Plundered Art Could Finally Go Home’s a new attempt to return the Parthenon marbles to GreeceWed, 13 Jul 2016 17:50:00 +0000The World’s Oldest Working Library Will Soon Open Its Doors to the Public renovations wrap up in September, the library at Morocco’s al-Qarawiyyin University will debut an exhibition section for non-scholarsWed, 13 Jul 2016 16:23:36 +0000Did Ancient Pacific Islanders Use Obsidian to Make Their Tattoos? team of Australian researchers think they may have found tools used to ink the ancientsWed, 13 Jul 2016 16:05:29 +0000New Discoveries Double the Size of Ancient Greek Shipwreck Graveyard in the Fourni archipelago found 23 ships dating between 525 B.C. and 1850Wed, 13 Jul 2016 14:10:57 +0000Before Pokémon Go, These Scavenger Hunts Were All The Rage"X" marks the spotWed, 13 Jul 2016 14:10:16 +0000Van Gogh Cut Off a Lot More Than His Earlobe self-inflicted wound was even worse than most thoughtTue, 12 Jul 2016 18:01:12 +0000Here's What Malcolm X Thought About Race in 1964 revealing postcard to Redd Foxx is up for auctionTue, 12 Jul 2016 16:00:00 +0000Why Britain’s New Prime Minister Wasn’t Elected May will become the U.K.’s newest Prime Minister tomorrowTue, 12 Jul 2016 15:25:31 +0000New Dig Shows the Philistines Weren’t Such Philistines graveyard containing over 200 sets of remains is giving researchers their first deep look into the little-known biblical tribeTue, 12 Jul 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Tragic Story of Dallas' First African-American Police Officer William McDuff was killed, it took Dallas 50 years to replace himTue, 12 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +0000 How an Anti-Lynching Banner From the 1920s and '30s Is Being Updated to Protest Modern-Day Violence artist took inspiration from the NAACP's iconic flagMon, 11 Jul 2016 17:53:21 +0000This Exhibit Captures the Magic of Being a Kid Metropolitan Museum of Art peeks into the idealized lives of kids pastMon, 11 Jul 2016 15:00:00 +0000These Beatrix Potter Illustrations Were Found Tucked Inside a Mansion’s Books children’s book author found inspiration on vacationMon, 11 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0000The KGB’s Favorite Restaurant Reopens in Moscow, the haunt of Soviet-era celebrities and spies opens after a 13-year absence and $20 million renovation Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +0000Study Shows Knights Were Pretty Spry in Their Suits of Armor studied the range of motion of fighters in suits of armor, finding they were heavy but allowed freedom of movementFri, 08 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000Family Discovers Rare Letters by Thomas Jefferson the two letters selling for over $300,000 each, Jefferson opines on the War of 1812 and his dislike for Alexander Hamilton's economicsThu, 07 Jul 2016 19:43:21 +0000Amateur Historian Digs up Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Press Pass From the Spanish Civil War celebrated author of “The Little Prince” once covered the Spanish Civil WarWed, 06 Jul 2016 19:43:41 +0000Tens of Thousands of Artifacts Have Been Found in Colonial Philadelphia Toilets excavating the site of the Museum of the American Revolution found a dozen privy pits full of pottery, printing supplies and animal bonesWed, 06 Jul 2016 14:14:02 +0000How Did the Six-Pointed Star Become Associated With Judaism? connection between the two goes back centuriesWed, 06 Jul 2016 13:43:52 +0000Transgender People Can Now Serve Openly in the U.S. Military of the last restrictions on who can serve in the military has been removedFri, 01 Jul 2016 17:51:56 +0000Researcher Unearths a Trove of New Shakespeare Documents papers show the Bard was interested in improving his social statusFri, 01 Jul 2016 17:40:53 +0000These Ancient Tombs May Have Been Both Grave and Observatory best view of the heavens could be from within the tombFri, 01 Jul 2016 17:10:00 +0000These Artifacts Show the Best—And Worst—of American Election Ephemera trash to political treasureFri, 01 Jul 2016 16:49:37 +0000Five Things to Know About Pullman Porters the oldest Pullman porters die, it's time to reflect on the proud legacy of these African-American workersThu, 30 Jun 2016 19:07:41 +000019th-Century Sunken Schooner Uncovered in Lake Ontario’s the only two-masted ship known to have sunk in the areaThu, 30 Jun 2016 16:37:05 +0000Experience the Secrets of a Threatened Taiwanese Temple 3D reconstructions make it possible to look inside Lukang LongshanThu, 30 Jun 2016 16:00:00 +0000A New Project Tells the Stories of the Women of Route 66 oral history project with the National Park Service follows women on the iconic highwayThu, 30 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Poster That Started the "Keep Calm" Craze is on Sale about the print that launched a thousand memesWed, 29 Jun 2016 17:45:00 +0000Archaeologists Found a Hand-Dug Holocaust Escape Tunnel tunnel was dug by desperate prisoners using spoonsWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:26:50 +0000