Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonian feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenThu, 11 Sep 2014 16:29:27 +0000This Is How the Internet Reacted to Two Planes Crashing Into the WTC on 9/11/01 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 Referendum 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 Years 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 Kids 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 England 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 Ago peach pits reveal the origins of this sweet fruitTue, 09 Sep 2014 14:37:25 +0000Case Solved on Jack the Ripper? Not So Fast 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 it 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 Circle find new evidence about the shape of Stonehenge Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:57:42 +0000At "Slaves' Hill," Some Workers Ate Better Than Others 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 Artwork 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 Years 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? 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 Jungle 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 Recent impressive Barrier Canyon Style images hold clues to the identity of their mysterious paintersTue, 26 Aug 2014 18:07:31 +0000How British Soldiers’ Gear Has Changed Over the Last 1,000 Years Thom Atkinson traces the evolution of wooden spears to sniper rifles Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:21:04 +0000People in the Stone Age Were Fans of Escargot new study pushes back the date of land snails being consumed in the Mediterranean Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:16:13 +0000Before He Died, Richard III Lived Large chemistry sheds light on the monarch's shifting diet throughout his brief lifeTue, 19 Aug 2014 13:14:26 +0000200-Year-Old Alcohol Found in Shipwreck Is Still Drinkable found the liquid, originally thought to be mineral water, was actually over-aged boozeMon, 18 Aug 2014 18:20:08 +0000How an American Missionary Helped Capture the First Panda Given to the U.S."Missionaries sometimes have to tackle strange and unusual jobs," David Graham wrote.Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:59:57 +0000America’s Tumbleweeds Are Actually Russian Invaders say the tumbleweed's takeover of the American West was the most aggressive weed invasion in our country's history Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:33:34 +0000The First Ancient Egyptian Mummies Might Have Appeared 1,500 Years Earlier Than Egyptologists Thought were embalming their dead as far back as 4,100 B.C.Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:26:37 +0000Watch How the Cultural Hubs of Civilization Have Shifted Over Centuries study follows the births and deaths of notable peopleMon, 11 Aug 2014 17:20:39 +0000Evidence Shows Neanderthals Ate Birds was apparently on the neanderthal menu for over 40,000 years in Gibraltar Fri, 08 Aug 2014 17:37:56 +0000Irbil, the Iraqi City the US Is Now Defending, Is One of the Oldest Continuously Inhabited Places in the World, Iraq, has a long, long, long historyFri, 08 Aug 2014 14:55:30 +0000Humanity’s Legacy Might Be The Holes We Leave Behind last remnants of human civilizations might be the holes we carve into the earthWed, 06 Aug 2014 17:33:30 +0000The Flores "Hobbit" Might Not Be a New Species at All long-standing debate on the original findings has been reignited Tue, 05 Aug 2014 16:05:12 +0000These Diaries, of Poet Siegfried Sassoon, Capture the Chaos of WWI Sassoon's poems captured life in the trenches of WWIMon, 04 Aug 2014 13:43:31 +0000Mummies From Around the World Had Hardened Arteries from cultures across the globe have one thing in common—plaque in their arteriesFri, 01 Aug 2014 17:41:47 +0000How Big Were Romans' Feet? bioarchaeologist proposes one method to answer that questionFri, 01 Aug 2014 14:21:04 +0000In 1665, a British Warship Mysteriously Blew Up—And Soon We Might Know Why years ago, the warship The London exploded in the Thames Estuary. Now archaeologists are trying to figure out whyWed, 30 Jul 2014 19:22:22 +0000The Last Crew Member Who Dropped the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima Died "Dutch" Van Kirk said he never regretted his involvement in the bombing Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:29:10 +0000Natural Chocolate Is Actually a Reddish Color didn't turn brown until chemists got their hands on itWed, 30 Jul 2014 15:53:18 +0000Pollution Beat People to the South Pole people ever made it to the South Pole, a pollutant had beaten us thereMon, 28 Jul 2014 19:29:54 +0000Don't Worry Mr. Nixon, the National Zoo's Pandas Figured Out How to Have Sex Nixon wanted to make sure Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing had enough time to "learn the ropes"Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:18:15 +0000This Guy Simultaneously Raised a Chimp and a Baby in Exactly the Same Way To See What Would Happen treated as a human the baby chimp acted like one, until her physiology and development held her back Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000Archaeologists Are Excavating the Battleground that Inspired 'The Last of the Mohicans' these students, archaeology field school is taking place on a very famous battlefield Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:07:45 +0000Looking Back at NASA's Strange Mobile Lunar Laboratory, the odd-looking MOLAB remained earthboundWed, 23 Jul 2014 16:38:43 +0000Along I-95, 5,000 Years of History excavations along I-95 are digging up the pastTue, 22 Jul 2014 14:40:56 +0000