Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonian feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenTue, 14 Apr 2015 16:55:51 +0000The Pony Express Was Short-Lived And Costly service only lasted 18 months, but became an important icon of the WestTue, 14 Apr 2015 16:55:51 +0000New York City Ran a Slave Market marker will acknowledge the bustling slave trade that helped build New YorkTue, 14 Apr 2015 14:15:45 +0000Tour the Theater Where Lincoln Was Assassinated on Google Street View years later, a new view of Ford’s TheatreTue, 14 Apr 2015 12:00:00 +0000How Rum Helped the U.S. Win Its Independence may was a key player in America's revolutionary daysMon, 13 Apr 2015 17:38:46 +0000Ancient Tech Could Help Solve Lima’s Water Crisis out Peru’s Wari people were excellent urban planners...and their 1,500-year-old 'amunas' could soon bring water to LimaFri, 10 Apr 2015 16:30:20 +0000Northern Europeans Were Not So Sold on Farming new study of ancient beads shows “an enduring cultural boundary” between northern and southern Europe during the Neolithic AgeThu, 09 Apr 2015 16:30:33 +0000This Little Kid Discovered a Dinosaur rare nodosaur has been found in a little boyThu, 09 Apr 2015 14:45:08 +0000How Did an Ottoman War Camel End Up in an Austrian Basement? think they have solved the mysteryWed, 08 Apr 2015 18:30:15 +0000Archaeologists Unfold World's Largest Underground City in Turkey find evidence to believe a site just discovered in 2012 could be a complex subsurface labyrinth Tue, 07 Apr 2015 16:36:39 +0000Early Flying Machines Were Just Weird’s a reason most designs didn’t stick aroundMon, 06 Apr 2015 13:30:57 +0000A Racing Car Built in 1910 Roars to Life Once More was unofficially the fastest car in its time and still impresses todayThu, 02 Apr 2015 19:00:10 +0000Here’s What the Apostles Ate at the Last Supper, charoset, and unleavened breadThu, 02 Apr 2015 17:00:02 +0000Isaac Newton’s Laundry List of Sin famous physicist kept a catalog of very human transgressions Wed, 01 Apr 2015 18:25:39 +0000This Ancient Egyptian Masterpiece Might Be Fake“Egypt’s Mona Lisa” is likely a shamWed, 01 Apr 2015 17:57:17 +0000There's New Information About Anne Frank's Death research challenges the notion that if the Frank sisters had lived a few days more, they’d have survived the warWed, 01 Apr 2015 15:02:40 +0000This Nasty Medieval Remedy Kills MRSA ancient brew could lead to modern-day drugs to fight the superbugTue, 31 Mar 2015 13:45:20 +0000Why These Stone-Age Farmers Took the Flesh Off Their Dead research shows evidence of an early burial rite Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:45:56 +0000Tree Grown From 2,000-Year-Old Seed Has Reproduced doesn’t have much on this rare piece of greenery sprouted from a seed discovered in an ancient Israeli siteThu, 26 Mar 2015 14:00:41 +0000That Time an Astronaut Smuggled a Corned Beef Sandwich To Space sandwich was a joke but its crumbs proved to be too much — for politicians, not for the missionWed, 25 Mar 2015 18:04:02 +0000Found: A Secret Nazi Hideaway in the Heart of an Andean Jungle of a dark Nazi history found in ArgentinaMon, 23 Mar 2015 22:20:21 +0000530 Years Later, Richard III Gets a Royal Reburial king’s remains, which were found buried beneath a Leicester parking lot, will be reinterred this week Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:09:40 +0000American Bugs Almost Wiped Out France’s Wine Industry the Great French Wine Blight hit in the mid 1800s, the culprit turned out to be a pest from the New World that would forever alter wine productionThu, 19 Mar 2015 13:30:36 +0000The Oldest Known Ancient Roman Fort Has Been Discovered in Italy use laser scanners to identify a Roman military camp that may have initiated the settlement of the modern Italian city of TriesteWed, 18 Mar 2015 17:09:48 +0000People Ate Pork in the Middle East Until 1,000 B.C.—What Changed? new study investigates the historical factors leading up to the emergence of pork prohibitionWed, 18 Mar 2015 13:30:36 +0000How an Early 19th Century Journalist Took Lincoln to Task for Travel Reimbursement was a congress member at the time but not the only one charging too much for travelTue, 17 Mar 2015 19:40:56 +0000Did Stonehenge Hold Up a Giant Stage? new theory poses that the prehistoric structure could have been something like an “ancient Mecca on stilts”Tue, 17 Mar 2015 15:30:41 +0000Would You Pass Thomas Edison’s Employment Test? not. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 18:30:16 +0000Did a Recent Expedition Really Discover a “Lost City” in Honduras? surrounds the recent announcement of a re-discovered ancient settlement in the jungles of Central AmericaFri, 13 Mar 2015 15:00:07 +0000Neanderthal Jewelry Is Just as Fiercely Cool as You'd Imagine re-examination of a cave find indicates that the early human species sported eagle talons like some kind of prehistoric punk rockersThu, 12 Mar 2015 18:00:14 +0000When Breathtaking Rock Billboards Dominated the Sunset Strip new exhibition showcases the Sunset Strip's "rock 'n' roll billboards"Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:30:44 +0000Sorry, ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake...No Circus Maximus for You blocks the remake from filming at the historic stadiumThu, 12 Mar 2015 16:00:10 +0000We Now Have a Toll of All the Whales Killed by Hunting in the Last Century whaling industry killed nearly 3 million for their oil, researchers estimate. But the true total is likely higher.Thu, 12 Mar 2015 13:01:29 +0000Saving the World’s Oldest Mummies From Rot in a Warmer, Wetter World are the ancient bodies of the Chinchorro people stored in a Chilean museum rapidly degrading into black ooze?Tue, 10 Mar 2015 14:00:14 +0000How Dick Tracy Invented the Smartwatch detective’s two-way wrist radio paved the way for the Apple Watch and other wearablesMon, 09 Mar 2015 16:03:13 +0000UN: Destroying the Ancient City of Nimrud Was a “War Crime” outcry after ISIS razes 3,000-year-old archaeological site with bulldozersFri, 06 Mar 2015 15:12:57 +0000St. Barts Is Like the Galapagos for Linguistic Diversity the glitz of tourism, St. Barts natives speak in unique varieties of FrenchThu, 05 Mar 2015 19:15:06 +0000Who's Inside the Lead Coffin Found Near Richard III? mysterious identity of a female skeleton discovered in a coffin-within-a-coffin stumps archeologistsThu, 05 Mar 2015 16:03:28 +0000Microsoft Billionaire Finds Enormous Sunken Japanese Battleship Allen used his megayacht to locate the long-lost ship, which has been missing since World War IIWed, 04 Mar 2015 18:00:02 +0000The Real Smokey Bear Has A New Biography’s officially licensed by the Forest Service and written from Smokey’s point of viewTue, 03 Mar 2015 15:20:26 +0000Amazing Ruins of a Long Lost City Discovered in Honduras scientific expedition into the depths of the Honduran rain forest discovered a lost cityTue, 03 Mar 2015 14:15:31 +0000How 1960s Mouse Utopias Led to Grim Predictions for Future of Humanity Calhoun studied behavior during overcrowding in mice and ratsThu, 26 Feb 2015 19:15:22 +0000Germans Brace for the Re-Release of ‘Mein Kampf’ Hitler’s 90-year-old manifesto too dangerous to be on bookshelves? Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:45:21 +0000Impatient Scientists Used Paint-By-Numbers Technique to Create the First Image From Mars used raw data to create their first image of the red planetWed, 25 Feb 2015 17:00:55 +0000The First African American Senator Was Sworn in 145 Years Ago Today R. Revels made history when, amid the tensions of Reconstruction, he became a senator from MississippiWed, 25 Feb 2015 16:15:10 +0000Modern Cities Grow the Same Way As Ancient Ones find that despite time and location, the productivity of settlements grows faster than their populationsMon, 23 Feb 2015 20:00:47 +0000The 18th Century Fur Trade Polluted Lake Superior's Shore With Mercury That's Never Gone Away area’s elevated mercury levels aren’t healthy for fish, birds or humansMon, 23 Feb 2015 19:30:45 +0000Found: One Lost Sherlock Holmes Story was in the attic, my dear WatsonMon, 23 Feb 2015 15:15:08 +0000For the Kennedys' Virginia Home, Jackie Had Ideas About Every Detail, Down to the Guest Room Ashtrays drew inspiration from French magazines and colors from Colonial AmericaFri, 20 Feb 2015 20:21:09 +0000Legend Says the Ankerwycke Yew Witnessed the Magna Carta's Signing tree on the bank of the River Thames may be 2,000 years oldFri, 20 Feb 2015 18:37:43 +0000Neanderthals Divvied Up Chores by Sex research on Neanderthal teeth shows differing gender roles Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:03:13 +0000Should You Speculate in Flower Bulbs? over, real estate—there’s a new bubble in snowdrop bulbsFri, 20 Feb 2015 15:23:11 +0000Some Ancient Egyptians Had State-Sponsored Healthcare who built royal tombs enjoyed sick days, designated physicians and rationed medicine—all paid by the stateFri, 20 Feb 2015 14:30:15 +0000