Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonian feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenMon, 27 Jun 2016 15:10:00 +0000An Ancient Squash Dodges Extinction Thanks to the Efforts of Native Americans people carefully tended an ancient squash for thousands of years and now the seeds are seeing a resurgence in popularityMon, 27 Jun 2016 15:10:00 +0000President Obama Just Created the First National Monument to Gay Rights Stonewall National Monument tells the story of LGBTQ struggles in the United StatesFri, 24 Jun 2016 19:34:31 +0000A Strange Case of Dancing Mania Struck Germany Six Centuries Ago Today experts still don't agree on what caused plagues of compulsive dancing in the streetsFri, 24 Jun 2016 18:52:05 +0000What's the Difference Between England, Britain and the U.K.? up, would-be Anglophiles: Here's how never to mess up your realms, kingdoms and empires again Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:21:14 +0000Commemorate the Panama Canal's Expansion With These Photos From Its Construction Panama Canal is opening a third lane to accommodate new mega cargo ships, a feat almost—but not quite—as impressive as building the originalFri, 24 Jun 2016 16:04:48 +0000Solving a Neighborhood Mystery Reveals Forgotten African-American History abandoned lot in San Antonio turned out to be an important part of the city's storyFri, 24 Jun 2016 14:00:00 +0000A Brief History of Congressional Carpets's more to the House floor than meets the eyeThu, 23 Jun 2016 17:15:56 +0000After 52 Years, the "Mississippi Burning" Case Closes Department of Justice and State of Mississippi close the investigation of three civil rights workers killed by KKK members in 1964Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:43:36 +0000The Marines Have Confirmed That One of the Men in the Iconic Iwo Jima Photo Has Been Misidentified for 71 Years Pvt. 1st Class Harold Schultz never publicly spoke about his role during his lifeThu, 23 Jun 2016 15:12:51 +0000UN Report Shows Refugee Numbers Have Hit a Historic High than 65 million people are now displaced from their homes due to extended wars and a lack of new solutionsWed, 22 Jun 2016 19:00:07 +0000What Brexit Would Mean for U.K.'s Arts, Sciences and Other Sectors the European Union could have far ranging consequences for industries throughout the United KingdomTue, 21 Jun 2016 17:19:53 +0000This Library Has Books Checked Out by Hamilton and Burr New York Society Library was wide enough for both menMon, 20 Jun 2016 17:30:00 +0000The Contentious History of the Cherry Tomato salad topper has a long and fraught historyMon, 20 Jun 2016 16:50:55 +0000As U.S.-Cuba Relations Warm, This Long-Dead Author Benefits new conservation facility is on its way to Hemingway’s home near HavanaMon, 20 Jun 2016 13:54:45 +0000Former SS Guard Convicted on 170,000 Counts of Accessory to Murder Hanning a 94-year-old retired dairy farmer served as a guard at Auschwitz during World War IIFri, 17 Jun 2016 19:59:05 +0000LGBT People Are the Targets of More Hate Crimes Than Any Other Minority crimes against LGBT people are far from rareFri, 17 Jun 2016 18:40:41 +0000Archaeologists Uncover Massive Naval Bases of the Ancient Athenians have excavated ship sheds in the city of Piraeus that held triremes from the pivotal Battle of SalamisFri, 17 Jun 2016 14:27:13 +0000Report: Nine Out of Ten Refugee Children Travel Alone of thousands of kids are on the move—and face scary challenges as they migrateWed, 15 Jun 2016 14:33:23 +0000One Day Only: A Chance to View One Map to Rule Them All rare Tolkien-annotated map goes on display June 23Wed, 15 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Complicated History Between the Press and the Presidency a newspaper like the 'Post' is a move that wouldn't fly even in the Nixon White HouseTue, 14 Jun 2016 20:49:16 +0000Net Neutrality Was Just Upheld in the U.S. Court of Appeals’s a victory for open internet activists—but will it stick?Tue, 14 Jun 2016 16:37:39 +0000A Brief History of Children Sent Through the Mail the early days of the parcel post, some parents took advantage of the mail in unexpected waysTue, 14 Jun 2016 15:31:23 +0000Laser Scans Reveal Massive Khmer Cities Hidden in the Cambodian Jungle Lidar technology, researchers are discovering the extent of the medieval Khmer empireTue, 14 Jun 2016 14:20:00 +0000A Brief History of Bog Butter cutters in Ireland regularly find chunks of butter deep in the nation's peat bogs. What is the stuff doing there?Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:11:45 +0000Bronze Buckle Shows Ancient Trade Between Eurasia and North America objects found on Alaska's Seward Peninsula indicate that local people received trade goods from Asia almost 1,000 years agoMon, 13 Jun 2016 15:23:03 +0000Thousands of Objects Taken From Holocaust Victims Have Been Rediscovered 16,000 items were forgotten for decadesFri, 10 Jun 2016 18:03:13 +0000Help England Crowdsource Its History England is asking the public for information and photos on 21 weird and wonderful sites on its list of historic placesFri, 10 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000Archaeologists Find Gigantic Ancient Monument in Jordan the ancient city of Petra, Google Earth and drones helped uncover remnants of a platform the size of an Olympic swimming poolThu, 09 Jun 2016 19:50:14 +0000Five Things to Know About the Declaration of Sentiments seating to suffrage, here’s why the document is relevant todayWed, 08 Jun 2016 20:24:07 +0000The Marshall Islands Are Becoming Less Nuclear new study finds that the abandoned nuclear test sites aren't much more radioactive than Central Park Tue, 07 Jun 2016 17:07:23 +0000Headgear Fit for a Champion: What Muhammad Ali Left Behind boxer may be dead, but physical traces of his audacious life remainTue, 07 Jun 2016 11:30:00 +0000After a Century, an Anthropologist Picked up the Trail of the "Hobo King" hundred-year-old graffiti by “A-No.1” and others were found by the L.A. RiverMon, 06 Jun 2016 16:18:55 +0000X-Rays Reveal "Hidden Library" on the Spines of Early Books are uncovering fragments of medieval texts used in early book bindingMon, 06 Jun 2016 15:56:56 +0000A Steamy Letter From JFK Is up for Auction president had a real way with the ladies—and with an em dashFri, 03 Jun 2016 19:32:00 +0000King Tut’s Dagger Was Made From a Meteorite spectroscopy lays a decades-long metal mystery to restThu, 02 Jun 2016 18:15:59 +0000Neanderthals Built Mysterious Stalagmite Semicircles why?Fri, 27 May 2016 15:53:21 +0000Inside the Effort to Digitize Medieval Monks' Chants and interpreting centuries-old manuscripts is a challenge because musical notation wasn't formalized yetFri, 27 May 2016 14:20:00 +0000Five Landmarks Threatened by Climate Change a warming planet destroy humankinds' most precious cultural treasures? Fri, 27 May 2016 13:52:43 +0000Five Times the United States Officially Apologized are a few instances where the U.S. admitted it had done wrongFri, 27 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000Rome Is Looking for People to Adopt Famous, Falling-Apart Sites in Rome, pony up some cash for cultural preservation Thu, 26 May 2016 18:16:31 +0000Dozens of Rare Documents From American History Just Sold at Auction copies of the 13th Amendment and the Emancipation Proclamation just sold for millionsThu, 26 May 2016 13:43:07 +0000Research Reveals More Complete Picture of the Devastation Wrought by the Black Death examining pottery remains in over 50 rural settlements, archaeologists now better understand the extent that the population was wiped out by the plagueWed, 25 May 2016 16:11:29 +0000An Archive of Fugitive Slave Ads Sheds New Light on Lost Histories ads posted by slave owners reveal details of life under slaveryWed, 25 May 2016 13:30:00 +0000Gan Bei! Chinese Brewed Beer 5,000 Years Ago analyzed deposits on ancient pots and jugs to find out Chinese brewers made sophisticated barley beers 1,000 years earlier than thoughtTue, 24 May 2016 20:16:14 +0000Five Fascinating Details About the Media Mogul Who May Have Written “Mary Had a Little Lamb” that Sarah Josepha Hale went, success was sure to goTue, 24 May 2016 12:30:00 +0000Auschwitz Museum Finds Victim's Jewelry in False-Bottomed Mug women’s ring made of gold and a necklace was carefully wrapped in a piece of canvasMon, 23 May 2016 19:21:05 +0000How Forensic Scientists Once Tried to "See" a Dead Person's Last Sight once believed that the dead's last sight could be resolved from their extracted eyeballsMon, 23 May 2016 16:18:42 +0000Female WWII Pilots Can Now Be Buried at Arlington National Cemetery years later, WASPs have won one last battleMon, 23 May 2016 16:01:35 +0000Geoarchaeologist Proposes There Was a "World War Zero" an alliance among the "Luwians" have helped caused the collapse of eastern Mediterranean civilizations 3,200 years ago?Fri, 20 May 2016 19:10:28 +0000An Archive of Native Americans Portraits Taken a Century Ago Spurs Further Exploration S. Curtis' photography is famous, but contemporary Native American artists go beyond stereotypes Fri, 20 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000Curators Are Preserving Graffiti Scrawled By WWI Conscientious Objectors cell walls at Richmond Castle are still covered in drawings and notesThu, 19 May 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Story of the Komagata Maru Is a Sad Mark on Canada’s Past Prime Minister Trudeau’s decision to formally apologize is so significantThu, 19 May 2016 13:20:37 +0000Amateur Divers Find Huge Cache of Bronze Artifacts in Israel National Park divers discover a Roman shipwreck full of rare bronze statues, coins and other artifacts in Caesarea National ParkWed, 18 May 2016 14:16:30 +0000British Barber Proposes Beard Tax by historical examples, Antony Kent wants men to pay a 100-pound fee to rock a bushy beardTue, 17 May 2016 18:15:31 +0000This Latin Thesaurus Has Been in Progress Since 1894 are still working on the letter "N"Tue, 17 May 2016 17:05:02 +0000Why "The Royal Oak" Is a Popular Pub Name in the U.K. story goes back to the English Civil Wars and a prince on the runFri, 13 May 2016 15:43:15 +0000Madame de Pompadour's Legacy as a Patron of Arts Is Often Overlooked new exhibit explores the creative works of one of history's most famous mistressesThu, 12 May 2016 16:38:15 +0000During the Cold War, the Air Force Dropped an Unarmed Nuke on South Carolina, none of the Gregg family of Mars Bluff were seriously hurt, not even the catThu, 12 May 2016 14:47:59 +000050,000-Year-Old Axe Shows Australians Were at The Cutting Edge of Technology polished stone chip is the earliest-known example of a ground-edge axe yetWed, 11 May 2016 17:59:20 +0000Five Things to Know About the Diamond Sutra, the World’s Oldest Dated Printed Book over 1,100 years ago, a Chinese copy of the Diamond Sutra at the British Library is one of the most intriguing documents in the worldWed, 11 May 2016 13:58:00 +0000Victoria Woodhull Ran for President Before Women Had the Right to Vote 1872 campaign platform focused on women’s rights and sexual freedomTue, 10 May 2016 14:35:52 +0000The Bison Is Now the Official Mammal of the United States big beasts are the first official mammals recognized by the federal governmentMon, 09 May 2016 20:07:42 +0000Kenya Moves to Shut Down the World's Largest Refugee Camp the weekend, Kenya announced plans to shut the Dadaab and Kakuma camps, which house hundreds of thousands of Somali refugeesMon, 09 May 2016 16:40:59 +0000These Little-Known Nuns Helped Map the Stars century later, the identities of women who mapped over 481,000 stars are finally knownFri, 06 May 2016 15:43:57 +0000Meet Mary Kies, America’s First Woman to Become a Patent Holder plus bonnets equal a historic firstThu, 05 May 2016 14:15:50 +0000Virtual Reality Film Will Simulate Anne Frank’s Hiding Place'Anne' will give audiences a sense of what it was like to be in the "Secret Annex"Wed, 04 May 2016 19:39:08 +0000A Brief History of Lee Harvey Oswald's Connection to Cuba over 50 years, conspiracy theorists have linked JFK’s assassin to Fidel Castro’s CubaWed, 04 May 2016 16:50:53 +0000Marines Are Investigating the Identity of a Flag Raiser in the Iconic Iwo Jima Photo historians have called into question the identity of a soldier in Joe Rosenthal's 1945 Pulitzer prize-winning imageTue, 03 May 2016 19:49:27 +0000Mountaineers Have Discovered the Bodies of Alex Lowe and David Bridges climbers died in an avalanche on Shishapangma in 1999Tue, 03 May 2016 18:24:59 +0000“New” 2,000-Year-Old Geoglyph Spotted in Peru’s always more to learn about the mysterious Nazca linesMon, 02 May 2016 16:01:22 +0000A "Merbot" Retrieved Artifacts From Louis XIV’s Sunken Flagship humanoid diving robot could help researchers explore fragile wrecks from the surface of the seaMon, 02 May 2016 15:09:13 +0000Spanish Ditch Diggers Unearth 1,300 Pounds of Roman Coins near Seville, Spain, found a hoard of 19 amphora filled with mint-condition coins from the third and fourth centuriesFri, 29 Apr 2016 18:34:40 +0000James Monroe’s House Was Way Bigger Than Historians Thought turns out that Highland was more "castle" than "cabin"Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:51:36 +0000The Swiss Have Made Cheese Since the Iron Age discovery pushes Swiss cheesemaking traditions back millenniaFri, 29 Apr 2016 15:56:04 +0000Over 9,000 Years Later, Kennewick Man Will Be Given a Native American Burial Native American nations will join together to bury his remainsThu, 28 Apr 2016 20:15:21 +0000