Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-history-archaeology/RSS feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenMon, 27 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +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 +0000Summer Jobs May Be a Thing of the Past http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/summer-jobs-may-be-thing-past-180955711/Fewer than one third of American teens snag summer employmentFri, 26 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000Have Something Rude to Say? Put it on This 2300-Year Old Statue in Romehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/have-something-rude-say-put-it-2300-year-old-statute-rome-180955704/A cardinal started the tradition of decorating this statue with snarky poems and insultsThu, 25 Jun 2015 18:20:00 +0000This Mockumentary Explains the Appeal of Skateboarding to Scared Parents http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mockumentary-explains-appeal-skateboarding-sixties-squares-180955702/“The Devil’s Toy” looks “an epidemic from which no one was secure”: having fun on skateboardsThu, 25 Jun 2015 18:08:44 +0000People Used to Wear Dunce Caps to Showerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-used-wear-dunce-caps-shower-180955694/“Extinguisher caps” were nineteenth-century shower caps Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000Did an Auction of Hitler’s Art Go Too Far? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-auction-hitlers-art-go-too-far-180955691/A collection of Hitler’s paintings just sold for $450,000Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000The Murky Tale of John Smith and the Mermaid http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/no-john-smith-did-not-see-mermaid-1614-180955692/Alexander Dumas probably just made it up Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:30:00 +0000These Are the Most Threatened Historical Places in Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-are-most-threatened-historical-places-america-180955689/The Grand Canyon, The Factory and the A.G. Gaston Motel are just a few of the 11 names on the listWed, 24 Jun 2015 16:58:54 +0000In Egypt, There Was Once a Tomb Full of Eight Million Dog Mummies http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-8-million-dog-mummies-180955679/Devotees of the Ancient Egyptian deity Anubis buried dogs at the necropolis of SaqqaraWed, 24 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000Some 19th-Century Physicians Thought Music Could Infect the Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/19th-century-physicians-thought-music-was-disease-180955662/When it comes to music in the brain, medicine has come a long wayMon, 22 Jun 2015 14:45:00 +0000Juneteenth Didn’t Stop the Enslavement of Black People in Houston http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/juneteenth-didnt-stop-enslavement-blacks-houston-180955646/The delayed enforcement of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation still didn’t bring freedom to many black TexansFri, 19 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000Napoleon Had a Thing for Rotisserie Chicken http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/napoleon-had-thing-rotisserie-chicken-180955649/The military powerhouse ate chicken dinners 24/7 — even as his army starvedFri, 19 Jun 2015 17:30:00 +0000Andrew Jackson Wasn't Always on the $20 Billhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/andrew-jackson-used-be-10-bill-180955633/The controversial president's face has only been on $20 bills since 1928Thu, 18 Jun 2015 17:30:00 +0000Michigan Owns 1,500 Shipwrecks http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/michigan-owns-1500-shipwrecks-180955620/Divers, historians and state officials team up to preserve the state’s underwater heritageThu, 18 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000Los Alamos’s “Atomic Secretary” Was Never Told What the Manhattan Project Was Forhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/los-alamos-atomic-secretary-was-never-told-what-manhattan-project-was-180955606/Dorothy McKibbin coordinated entry of all people and property to the Los Alamos siteTue, 16 Jun 2015 14:33:57 +0000Destroyed Buddha Statues Are Coming Back to Life in Afghanistan as Beautiful 3D Projectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/destroyed-statues-are-coming-back-life-afghanistan-180955601/3D light projections recreate a pair of statues destroyed by the Taliban Tue, 16 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Half of All Languages Come From This One Root Tongue. Here’s How it Conquered the Earth.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-how-indo-european-languages-conquered-earth-180955578/Today, three billion people speak Indo-European langaugesTue, 16 Jun 2015 12:15:40 +0000How Much Water Did Rome’s Aqueducts Really Carry? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-much-water-did-romes-aqueducts-really-carry-180955568/Not as much as previously thought Thu, 11 Jun 2015 16:49:50 +0000Here's How Claw Machines Are Rigged to Make Sure You Losehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/claw-machines-have-long-been-designed-steal-your-money-180955565/That's why simply grabbing a prize is so deceptively difficultThu, 11 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000A Playmobil Figure of Martin Luther Has Become the Fastest-Selling of All Time http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fastest-selling-playmobil-figure-all-time-coming-america-and-its-not-what-you-might-think-180955560/The first edition of 34,000 figurines sold out in 72 hoursThu, 11 Jun 2015 14:30:00 +0000This Film Shows a Glimpse of Amelia Earhart Before Her Final Flight http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/film-shows-glimpse-amelia-earhart-her-final-flight-180955557/After 70 years in storage, the footage shows the pilot posing for press photographsWed, 10 Jun 2015 14:55:08 +0000Houghton Mifflin Once Sued Another Publisher on Behalf of Hitler and Mein Kampfhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/houghton-mifflin-once-sued-another-publisher-behalf-hitler-and-mein-kampf-180955539/Rival versions of the book once vied for American readersTue, 09 Jun 2015 18:58:44 +0000How George Washington Did His Hairhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-george-washington-did-his-hair-180955547/Despite the powder and curls it wasn't a wig at allTue, 09 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000100-Year-Old Chalkboards, With Drawings Still Intact, Discovered in Oklahoma School http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/100-year-old-chalkboards-drawings-still-intact-discovered-oklahoma-school-180955532/The find includes lessons on pilgrims, math and musicTue, 09 Jun 2015 14:30:00 +0000Auction House is Selling Decades-Old Slices of Royal Wedding Cakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sale-decades-old-slices-cake-180955527/Boxed slices of wedding cakes from British royals are not-so-edible pieces of history Tue, 09 Jun 2015 13:30:00 +0000Amateur Women's Baseball Teams Existed as Early as 1866http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-giants-once-had-girls-team-180955519/They typically challenged local a men’s teams to playTue, 09 Jun 2015 12:42:22 +0000The Civil War’s Division of North and South is Reflected in Cookbookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/civil-wars-division-north-and-south-apparent-cookbooks-180955492/Naval blockades kept the South starving for salt and other foods, a fact reflected in the recipes of the timeThu, 04 Jun 2015 17:30:00 +0000In 1938, the NY Times Wrote About a Weird New Food: The Cheeseburgerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1938-ny-times-wrote-about-weird-new-food-cheeseburger-180955493/Apparently, cheese on meat needed some explanationThu, 04 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000These Two Female Assassins Independently Tried to Kill Gerald Fordhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-two-female-assassins-independently-tried-kill-gerald-for-180955489/The only two women to attempt to kill a president did so within 17 days of one anotherWed, 03 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000Museums Issue Most-Threatened List of Iraqi Treasureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museums-issue-most-threatened-list-iraqi-treasures-180955488/Seven types of cultural objects are under threat from the Islamic State and instability in IraqWed, 03 Jun 2015 16:02:31 +0000Tools Weren’t Invented in Europe, They Were Carried There 50,000 Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tools-werent-invented-europe-they-were-carried-there-50000-years-ago-180955485/Analysis of shells and human bones from a site in Lebanon suggests modern tools were in useWed, 03 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000This is What the First Home Pregnancy Test Looked Like http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-first-home-pregnancy-test-looked-180955478/"Predictor" gave results in just two hours Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:34:38 +0000A 19th Century Shipwreck Might Be Why This Famous Female Naturalist Faded to Obscurityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/19th-century-shipwreck-might-be-why-famous-female-naturalists-name-faded-obscurity-180955468/Jeanne Villepreux-Power invented the aquarium and studied cephalopods, but today few recognize her nameTue, 02 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Here Are Some of the Weird Ways You Could Die in Tudor Englandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/here-are-some-weird-ways-you-could-die-tudor-england-180955433/Pole vaulting and bacon are among the odd causes of death discovered by historians Fri, 29 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000