Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonian feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenFri, 03 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000More than 1,200 Miles of China’s Great Wall Have Been Destroyed 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 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 Rome 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“The Devil’s Toy” looks “an epidemic from which no one was secure”: having fun on skateboardsThu, 25 Jun 2015 18:08:44 +0000Did an Auction of Hitler’s Art Go Too Far? collection of Hitler’s paintings just sold for $450,000Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000People Used to Wear Dunce Caps to Shower“Extinguisher caps” were nineteenth-century shower caps Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000The Murky Tale of John Smith and the Mermaid Dumas probably just made it up Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:30:00 +0000These Are the Most Threatened Historical Places in America 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 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 Brain 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 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 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 Bill controversial president's face has only been on $20 bills since 1928Thu, 18 Jun 2015 17:30:00 +0000Michigan Owns 1,500 Shipwrecks, 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 For 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 Projections 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., three billion people speak Indo-European langaugesTue, 16 Jun 2015 12:15:40 +0000How Much Water Did Rome’s Aqueducts Really Carry? as much as previously thought Thu, 11 Jun 2015 16:49:50 +0000Here's How Claw Machines Are Rigged to Make Sure You Lose'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 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 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 Kampf versions of the book once vied for American readersTue, 09 Jun 2015 18:58:44 +0000How George Washington Did His Hair 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 find includes lessons on pilgrims, math and musicTue, 09 Jun 2015 14:30:00 +0000Auction House is Selling Decades-Old Slices of Royal Wedding Cake 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 1866 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 Cookbooks 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 Cheeseburger, cheese on meat needed some explanationThu, 04 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000These Two Female Assassins Independently Tried to Kill Gerald Ford 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 Treasures 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 Ago 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"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 Obscurity 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 England vaulting and bacon are among the odd causes of death discovered by historians Fri, 29 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000Archivists Uncover an Unfinished Memoir By Orson Welles of “Confessions of a One-Man Band” discovered in a newly-acquired trove of documents Fri, 29 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000Scientists Just Mummified a Human Leg to Test Ancient Egyptian Techniques took 208 days for Swiss scientists to mummify a fresh leg using natronThu, 28 May 2015 17:10:23 +0000What Was Life Like for a Girl in the Bronze Age? of a 3,400-year-old burial traces the life story of a Bronze Age femaleWed, 27 May 2015 17:13:09 +0000Take a Drone Tour of Ancient History offer a soaring perspective of ancient sitesWed, 27 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000Pac-Man Turns 35 This Month now-iconic game was originally released by Namco in 1980Wed, 27 May 2015 14:30:00 +0000As Glaciers Retreat, They Give up the Bodies and Artifacts They Swallowed the world global warming is exposing bodies lost in glaciersWed, 27 May 2015 13:30:00 +0000Ancient Carnivores Had a Taste for Neanderthal Meat link bite marks on a Neanderthal skull to the fangs of an ancient big catTue, 26 May 2015 15:14:34 +0000Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Once Helped Clear an Innocent Man of Murder his birthday, revist the mystery author's most famous caseFri, 22 May 2015 16:30:00 +0000Cyber-archeology May be the Way to Remember Artifacts Destroyed by Militants saving 3D models is the only way to offset some lost cultural artifacts Fri, 22 May 2015 16:30:00 +0000Humans May Have Domesticated Dogs Tens of Thousands of Years Earlier Than Thought analysis from an ancient wolf show just how complicated dog evolution wasFri, 22 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000Vikings Didn't Just Raid, They Traded Too artifacts found at Medieval market sites suggest the famed raiders tried the merchant thing firstFri, 22 May 2015 07:00:00 +0000Jerusalem is Running Out of Room for the Dead new project looks to save space by building modern catacombsWed, 20 May 2015 16:30:00 +0000This 1,500-Year-Old Skeleton May Belong to the Man That Brought Leprosy to Britain techniques show that the young man was in his 20s and likely ScandinavianMon, 18 May 2015 15:59:25 +0000Mysterious Shipwreck Reveals how the Spanish Built Their Boats for Captain Morgan’s fleet turns up treasure trove of Spanish cargoMon, 18 May 2015 05:00:00 +0000Science on a Shoestring: How Cuba’s Researchers Survived the Embargo normalized U.S.-Cuban relations make science easier in the once-isolated country? Sat, 16 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000How Do You Figure out Where the Very Center of the United States Is? different places have laid claim to the title since 1901.Thu, 14 May 2015 11:00:00 +0000A Third of Animal Mummies Contain no Animals at All discover ancient Egyptians peddled fake animal mummies.Wed, 13 May 2015 17:45:38 +0000Scientists Investigate a Medieval Mass Grave Under a French Supermarket work uncovered hundreds of individuals, perhaps all killed by disease at the same timeWed, 13 May 2015 17:40:24 +0000Happy Birthday to Inge Lehmann, the Woman Who Discovered Earth's Inner Core geologist used earthquakes to unravel the mystory of the Earth’s coreWed, 13 May 2015 16:39:06 +0000This Company is Turning Holocaust Survivor Interviews into Holograms are using new technology to keep Holocaust testimonies aliveWed, 13 May 2015 14:30:00 +0000The White House is Mostly a Reconstruction of the Original mansion may have been built over 200 years ago, but its skeleton was redone in the early 1950sTue, 12 May 2015 11:00:00 +0000Archivists Are Uncovering Lost Mark Twain Stories archives reveal Samuel Clemens, struggling journalistMon, 11 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000‘Captain Kidd’s Treasure’ Has Finally Been Discovered hope their discovery of a 121-pound bar of silver is just the beginningFri, 08 May 2015 17:30:00 +0000The Last Wooly Mammoths Died Isolated and Alone sequencing shows severe inbreeding contributed to the mammoths’ extinction.Fri, 08 May 2015 17:00:00 +0000Seventy Years Ago Today, Queen Elizabeth Secretly Partied with Commoners she became Elizabeth II, the then-princess slipped into London's streets incognito to celebrate Europe's victory over GermanyFri, 08 May 2015 14:36:39 +0000Here’s How to Fight Wearing 15th Century Armor Experts demonstrate some moves in a video while wearing full suits of plate armorFri, 08 May 2015 14:25:16 +0000John Quincy Adams Once Approved an Expedition to the Center of the Earth believed a man who said the Earth was hollowThu, 07 May 2015 18:34:35 +0000Ancient Pit Home Unearthed in a Salt Lake City Suburb points and other artifacts found in the 1,500-year-old homeThu, 07 May 2015 16:30:00 +0000Was the Loch Ness Monster Inspired by Earthquakes? one of many monsters that might have geological origins.Thu, 07 May 2015 16:00:00 +0000Probiotics Exist Thanks to a Man Who Drank Cholera man’s obsession with the immune system led to today’s probiotic fadThu, 07 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000Listen to the Newly Reconstructed, Very Creepy Voices of Thomas Edison’s Dolls lab figured out how to hear the rare talking dolls without damaging the original recordingsWed, 06 May 2015 17:00:00 +0000Why People Call Apartments 'Pads' slang term has a sordid pastWed, 06 May 2015 16:30:00 +0000