Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonian feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenMon, 05 Dec 2016 18:24:58 +0000A Controversial Museum Tries to Revive the Myth of the Confederacy’s “Lost Cause” ideology has been used to whitewash slavery’s role in the Civil War for generationsThu, 20 Oct 2016 19:35:23 +0000New Analysis Strengthens Claims That Amelia Earhart Died as a Castaway of data from a 1940 skeleton, suggests that the long forearms may match those of the missing aviatorWed, 02 Nov 2016 18:03:47 +0000New U.K. Law That Would Pardon Gay Men Once Convicted of Sex Crimes Fails in Parliament private member's bill will not go aheadFri, 21 Oct 2016 16:46:20 +0000How Maps Shaped Shakespeare exhibition in Boston delves into historical maps to show how the Bard saw the wider world Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:24:58 +0000These Photos Bring the Women’s Movement to Life<i>Catching the Wave</i> dramatizes the large and small moments of second-wave feminism Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:44:11 +0000When Women Weren't Allowed to Go to Harvard, Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Brought Harvard to Them other women's colleges of the day, the Annex was intimately connected with HarvardMon, 05 Dec 2016 16:56:15 +0000Construction Workers Uncover Ancient Elephant Bones Under L.A.’s Subway it won’t slow the metro downMon, 05 Dec 2016 16:16:45 +0000Goodbye, Barrow, Alaska. Hello, Utqiagvik most northerly city has officially reverted back to the Inupiaq name for the settlement on the Arctic seaFri, 02 Dec 2016 20:53:29 +0000There’s a Department of Government Ethics? What Does it Do? is the agency weighing in on the incoming administrations potential conflicts of interest?Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:15:43 +0000English Mass Grave Sheds New Light on the Horrors of the Black Death burial pit contained 48 skeletons that tested positive for the plagueFri, 02 Dec 2016 18:53:20 +0000Yasir Arafat Museum Opens in Ramallah three-story building tells the story of the controversial Palestinian leader and includes artifacts like his Nobel Prize and views of his bedroomFri, 02 Dec 2016 15:59:03 +0000Sixty-One Years After Rosa Parks Took a Seat in Montgomery, Protest Is Alive in America civil rights leader likely would have approved of current activists' workThu, 01 Dec 2016 20:52:18 +0000One Hundred and Three Years Ago Today, Henry Ford Introduced the Assembly Line: His Workers Hated It was seen as one more way the automaker could exert rigid control over his employeesThu, 01 Dec 2016 18:32:55 +0000John Lewis’ Arrest Records Are Finally Uncovered“Good trouble” led to real consequences for the civil rights agitatorThu, 01 Dec 2016 18:21:11 +0000The 'Flying Scotsman' Made Train History When The Speedometer Hit 100 first locomotive to hit 100 miles per hour was billed as "The Most Famous Train in the World"Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:52:09 +0000You Can Help Try to Track Down D.B. Cooper’s True Identity by Digging Through FBI Files crowdsourced project is trying to identify the infamous skyjacker once and for allWed, 30 Nov 2016 20:40:38 +0000Risk-Taker Evel Knievel Was a Big Proponent of Wearing a Helmet daredevil still holds the world record for the most broken bonesWed, 30 Nov 2016 20:24:24 +0000Women Won’t Register for the Draft After All’re gaining parity within the U.S. military—but women won’t yet be required to register for compulsory service in case of war Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:20:31 +0000For the Only Person Ever Hit by a Meteorite, the Real Trouble Began Later "Hodges meteorite" brought problems to the woman it struck, but good fortune to at least one neighborWed, 30 Nov 2016 16:15:23 +0000Newly Uncovered Ruins Reveal 7,000-Year-Old City in Egypt huts and tombs could be the final resting places of local elitesWed, 30 Nov 2016 16:05:32 +0000Five Things to Know About the Case That Made Burning the Flag Legal’s a grand old flag—here’s why the right to burn it was affirmed in 1989Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:36:26 +0000How Robert McNamara Came to Regret the War He Escalated 'architect of the Vietnam war' never formally apologized, but struggled with its consequences for the rest of his lifeTue, 29 Nov 2016 20:23:38 +0000A Century-Old Boston Christmas Tree Tradition Costs Canadians Big Money out that Boston’s city Christmas tree is a very valuable gift Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:49:26 +0000Rare 17th-Century Map Found Shoved Up a Chimney Is Restored like an antique document to block a draftTue, 29 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Forgotten Car That Won America's First Auto Race zippy roadster won America's first automobile race in 1895 with an average speed of 5 mphMon, 28 Nov 2016 20:00:50 +0000Researchers Dig Into the Juicy History of Taming the Turkey talk turkey in two recent studiesWed, 23 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000Researchers Trace 300-Year-Old Lump of Poop to Danish Bishop upper class contents of the little nugget suggests it likely belonged to Bishop Jens Bircherod or his wifeWed, 23 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000Crocodile Mummy Found Packed With Dozens of Smaller Crocodile Mummies little critters escaped notice until high-powered modern scanners tackled the mummified remainsMon, 21 Nov 2016 18:00:18 +0000One Hundred Years Ago, the Titanic's Sister Ship Exploded While Transporting Injured WWI Soldiers luck seemed to follow the White Star Line’s infamous steam linersMon, 21 Nov 2016 17:08:07 +0000What Pilgrims Heard When They Arrived in America came to America seeking religious freedom, but what did their prayers, and those of the local Native Americans, sound like?Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:22:02 +0000New Dictionary Explains 45,000 English and Irish Surnames sources dating back to the 11th century, researchers have put together the massive Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and IrelandFri, 18 Nov 2016 20:54:46 +0000Over 40 Ancient Ships Discovered on the Bottom of the Black Sea on a geology survey in Bulgarian waters ended up discovering vessels from the Ottoman, Byzantine and Venetian empiresFri, 18 Nov 2016 18:42:25 +0000The Newest National Landmark Is Chock-Full of Dinosaur History West Bijou Site is home to a snapshot of the dinosaurs’ extinctionFri, 18 Nov 2016 17:51:24 +0000Why a Congressional Commission Wants a National Women’s History Museum the American Museum of Women’s History ever become reality? Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:06:04 +0000Google Makes Ledger Art to Celebrate Legendary Native American Author James Welch an exclusive interview with, artist Sophie Diao talks about what inspired today's Google DoodleFri, 18 Nov 2016 05:00:00 +0000This 6,000-Year-Old Amulet Is an Ancient Metal Marvel casting is still used in modern manufacturingThu, 17 Nov 2016 18:06:21 +0000Why the U.S. Government Brought Nazi Scientists to America After World War II the war came to a close, the U.S. government was itching to get ahold of the German wartime technologyWed, 16 Nov 2016 16:44:37 +0000The Colosseum Waits on Funding for Critical Repairs in the Fight Over Rome’s Subway System fear the row over the metro's overspending could endanger the ancient arenaWed, 16 Nov 2016 16:15:02 +0000ISIS Has Destroyed a Nearly 3,000-Year-Old Assyrian Ziggurat ziggurat of Nimrud was the ancient city’s central templeTue, 15 Nov 2016 17:54:53 +0000The Physical Stock Ticker Is a Relic, But Its Influence Reverberates Loudly Today this day 149 years ago, the first digital transmitter debutedTue, 15 Nov 2016 17:10:05 +0000Five Things to Know About Gwen Ifill late, great reporter turned curiosity into a career that changed journalism Mon, 14 Nov 2016 21:03:35 +0000These Childhood Delights Just Made It Into the National Toy Hall of Fame<i>Dungeons & Dragons</i>, Little People and the humble swing are this year’s toy honorees Mon, 14 Nov 2016 17:51:18 +0000Tom Brokaw’s Historic Cache of Papers Will Be Preserved broadcaster just donated his personal archive to the University of Iowa Mon, 14 Nov 2016 15:43:28 +0000Shakespeare May Have Tailored "Henry V" for a Specific Theater digs at the Curtain theater suggest it looked very different from the Bard’s usual venuesMon, 14 Nov 2016 14:48:50 +0000Get to Know Man Mound, One of 10 New National Historical Landmarks Interior Department has designated new landmarks including James Merrill's house, a silent film studio and the only human-shaped effigy moundFri, 11 Nov 2016 18:53:36 +0000Perfectly Preserved Shipwreck Found in Lake Superior team has found the The J.S. Seaverns which sank in Michipicoten harbor in 1884 with its hull intact and dishes still on the shelvesFri, 11 Nov 2016 18:38:07 +0000Oskar Schindler’s Factory Will Become a Holocaust Memorial abandoned, the dilapidated factory is where the industrialist put over 1,200 threatened Jews to work during World War II Thu, 10 Nov 2016 18:42:51 +0000Orlando Will Buy Pulse Nightclub and Create a Permanent Memorial city announced plans to take over the now-vacant nightclub where 49 guest were gunned down Wed, 09 Nov 2016 20:05:04 +0000See the Cold War-Era Trains Berlin Is Bringing Back Into Service “Dora” is returning to the tracks of the U-BahnWed, 09 Nov 2016 18:59:45 +0000Europe's Oldest Polished Axe Found in Ireland 9,000-year-old tool shows that Mesolithic people had sophisticated burial rituals and even cremated their deadWed, 09 Nov 2016 14:55:45 +0000Diver Found Possible Inactive 1950 Nuke Off the Coast of British Columbia purported bomb was discovered by a man searching for sea cucumbersTue, 08 Nov 2016 20:27:52 +0000Explore the Flickering, Forgotten Past of African-Americans in Silent Film estimated 80 percent of silent movies with all-black casts are thought to be lost, but a new project is making sure the people who made them aren't Tue, 08 Nov 2016 16:46:30 +0000Today We Honor the Only Woman Who Ever Voted to Give U.S. Women the Right to Vote years ago, Jeannette Rankin became the first woman elected to CongressMon, 07 Nov 2016 21:27:13 +0000A “Cursed” English Well Has Been Rediscovered old photograph led archaeologists to the long-lost wellMon, 07 Nov 2016 18:29:27 +0000New Digital Collection Unveils the Other Stories of ‘Anne of Green Gables’ Creator<i>KindredSpaces</i> brings together kindred spirits interested in the life and legacy of Lucy Maud MontgomeryFri, 04 Nov 2016 16:51:46 +0000Hi-Res Photography Reveals New Details of the Centuries Old Aberdeen Bestiary, wear marks and other details show the beautiful manuscript was once a teaching tool, not a royal collectibleFri, 04 Nov 2016 15:26:14 +0000Five Things to Know About Walter Cronkite four decades of TV broadcasting, “Uncle Walter” defined a nation’s newsFri, 04 Nov 2016 14:46:12 +0000This Is What the World Looked Like the Last Time the Cubs Won the World Series are 10 ways life was different in 1908Thu, 03 Nov 2016 20:35:54 +0000Aboriginal Australians Lived In Country's Interior 10,000 Years Earlier Than Thought at a rock shelter in the Flinders Range shows people were there 49,000 years ago, hunting megafauna and developing new toolsThu, 03 Nov 2016 18:17:06 +0000An Artist Is Building a Parthenon of Banned Books than 100,000 books will become a monument to intellectual freedom in Germany next yearWed, 02 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000Why We Call the Axis Powers the Axis Powers this day in 1936, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini declared an axis between Berlin and Rome, coining a term that would be used by both sides in WWIITue, 01 Nov 2016 18:34:36 +0000Pope Francis Isn’t Using His Summer House, so the Vatican Is Letting the Public in a rare look at the pope’s luxurious vacation homeTue, 01 Nov 2016 17:32:23 +0000The Oldest-Known Carving of the 10 Commandments Is Going up for Auction the buyer won’t be able to take it homeTue, 01 Nov 2016 16:29:57 +0000Walls of "Jesus' Tomb" Exposed for the First Time in Centuries repair work, archaeologists removed the marble slabs that covered the walls of the limestone cave where Jesus was purportedly laid after crucifixionMon, 31 Oct 2016 20:38:24 +0000Are You Descended From Witches? New Digital Document Could Help You Find Out Wellcome Library manuscript lists people accused of witchcraft during the Scottish witch panic of 1658-1662Mon, 31 Oct 2016 16:58:56 +0000Join an English Scavenger Hunt for Spooky, Supernatural Scratches"Witch marks" are all over old buildings in England—and this Halloween, a preservation group is calling on the public to help document themMon, 31 Oct 2016 16:00:00 +0000Genetic Sleuthing Clears “Patient Zero” of Blame for U.S. AIDS Epidemic debunk the myth of the man once thought to have brought the virus to the statesThu, 27 Oct 2016 16:59:46 +0000Kids Ditch Princess Costumes in Favor of Superheroes This Halloween the first time in over a decade, princesses falter on the chartsMon, 24 Oct 2016 14:40:42 +0000How the Poppy Came to Symbolize World War I blooms help the world commemorate a bloody warThu, 20 Oct 2016 15:26:25 +0000What to Know About NASA's Historic Astronaut Beach House famous bungalow is on track to be repaired by 2018 when SpaceX is hoped to launch humans into space once againWed, 19 Oct 2016 17:46:07 +0000The History of Presidential Politics' Most Important Dinner Date decades, the Al Smith Dinner has helped Catholic voters dine and decideWed, 19 Oct 2016 15:49:43 +0000A Skeleton Found in a Castle Could Be the Key to Cracking a 17th-Century Cold Case murder mystery complete with royal intrigueTue, 18 Oct 2016 18:49:09 +0000Archaeologists Detect Two Previously Unknown Cavities Beneath Giza’s Great Pyramid don't get too excited just yetTue, 18 Oct 2016 15:53:39 +0000China Now Has a 20th-Century Architectural Heritage List country with an uneasy relationship to its past will preserve 98 buildings of the 20th century for future generationsMon, 17 Oct 2016 17:27:44 +0000China Will Finally Release the Last Tiananmen Square Prisoner Deshun has been in prison for the majority of his lifeFri, 14 Oct 2016 18:59:32 +0000Did the Greeks Help Sculpt China's Terra Cotta Warriors? analysis and DNA evidence suggests the 8,000 life-sized figures in emperor Qin Shi Huang's necropolis owe their inspiration to the GreeksFri, 14 Oct 2016 16:45:01 +0000Five Things to Know About Bob Dylan it comes to awards, the times are a' changin'—and now the iconic musician is a Nobel laureateThu, 13 Oct 2016 18:13:37 +0000Discover One of History’s Most Ambitious Maps Waldseemüller's 1507 map was the oldest document to use "America" to describe the body of land between Africa and AsiaThu, 13 Oct 2016 16:50:16 +0000Capsules Reveal Once Highly Classified Pieces of WWII Air Campaign shipping barrels opened by the Commemorative Air Force contain one of the more intriguing technologies of the second world warThu, 13 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000Australian Researchers Brew Beer With Yeast Believed to Be from a 220-Year-Old Shipwreck glimpse into the boozy pastWed, 12 Oct 2016 18:18:07 +0000Five Things to Know About Ada Lovelace “Countess of Computing” didn’t just create the world’s first computer program—she foresaw a digital futureTue, 11 Oct 2016 19:16:39 +00001,600-Year-Old Feast Unearthed in Alberta at Head-Smashed-in-Buffalo Jump have excavated a rare roasting pit with the meal still left insideTue, 11 Oct 2016 15:53:48 +0000Civil War-Era Cannonballs Unearthed by Hurricane Matthew destructive storm dug up some old historyTue, 11 Oct 2016 15:24:53 +0000Why Ethiopia Just Declared a State of Emergency protests have roiled the fast-growing countryTue, 11 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000Why a Ghanaian University Is Getting Rid of a Statue of Gandhi civil rights leader’s legacy is complicatedMon, 10 Oct 2016 15:42:32 +0000How to Save Family Heirlooms from Natural Disasters isn't easy to save cultural heritage from the ravages of nature, but a national task force thinks it's worth tryingFri, 07 Oct 2016 20:26:26 +0000This Is What 18th-Century Paris Sounded Like bygone age comes back to life in this painstaking reconstruction of the sounds of 1739Fri, 07 Oct 2016 18:30:05 +0000Check Out This 3D Tour of a Villa in Ancient Pompeii Swedish Pompeii Project has digitally recreated a wealthy bankers villa and an entire city block using 3D scans from the devastated cityFri, 07 Oct 2016 16:02:57 +0000Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Colombian President Who Got Guerillas to Come to the Table Colombia faces an uncertain future, the Nobel Committee recognizes its president who has worked to broker peaceFri, 07 Oct 2016 14:34:32 +0000