Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-history-archaeology/RSS feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenFri, 26 Aug 2016 18:07:28 +0000After 52 Years, the War Between Colombia and the FARC Will End http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-52-years-war-between-colombia-and-farc-will-end-180960267/Four out of five of the decades-long conflict's dead were civiliansFri, 26 Aug 2016 18:07:28 +0000The Fight to Preserve Langston Hughes’ Harlem Home From Gentrificationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/langston-hughes-harlem-home-180960260/A new kind of Harlem renaissance is threatening the home of one of America's greatest poetsFri, 26 Aug 2016 15:16:11 +0000Help Crowdsource the History of Winehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/help-crowdsource-history-wine-180960201/The University of California, Davis, is looking for online volunteers to help catalog and describe 5,200 wine labelsFri, 26 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000Ancient Egyptian Stories Will Be Published in English for the First Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-egyptian-stories-will-be-published-english-first-time-180960244/Translated from hieroglyphics on monuments, tombs and papyri, the book will present tales few outside of academia have readThu, 25 Aug 2016 16:34:48 +0000Publisher Set to Release Exact Replicas of the World's Most Mysterious Manuscripthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/publisher-set-to-release-exact-replicas-of-worlds-most-mysterious-manuscript-180960225/There will be 898 copies made of the coded Voynich Manuscript, which has stumped scholars for a centuryWed, 24 Aug 2016 20:10:40 +0000Scan Reveals Rare, 500-Year-Old Mesoamerican Manuscripthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scan-reveals-Mesoamerican-manuscript-180960218/Hyperspectral imagery reveals hidden Mixtec paintings and glyphs on the 16-foot, deer-hide Codex SeldenWed, 24 Aug 2016 16:40:00 +0000Inside the Upcoming Memorial and Museum Dedicated to Lynching Victimshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/inside-upcoming-memorial-and-museum-dedicated-to-lynching-victims-180960219/Spanning slavery to segregation to mass incarcerationWed, 24 Aug 2016 16:25:10 +0000Harvard Just Launched a Fascinating Resource All About Bauhaushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/harvard-just-launched-fascinating-resource-all-about-bauhaus-180960156/The newly digitized collection is as ambitious as the art school it documentsTue, 23 Aug 2016 15:00:00 +0000Love Truman Capote? Buy His Asheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/love-truman-capote-buy-his-ashes-180960216/Is the sale of Capote’s earthy remains a gauche publicity stunt or an act worthy of the audacious author?Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:38:11 +0000A Guide to Ancient Magichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/guide-ancient-magic-180960129/In antiquity, love or revenge was just a spell awayMon, 22 Aug 2016 15:15:00 +0000Five Places Where Confederate Monuments Have Recently Disappeared (or Soon Will) http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-confederate-monuments-have-recently-disappeared-or-soon-will-180960173/Vanderbilt University's decision to rename a building to "Memorial Hall" is just one of many ongoing effortsFri, 19 Aug 2016 18:10:08 +0000DOJ Will Say Goodbye to Private Federal Prisonshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/doj-will-say-goodbye-private-federal-prisons-180960193/Private facilities for federal inmates will be phased out—but state use of the practice remainsFri, 19 Aug 2016 17:34:55 +0000This Olympic Medal Is Even Harder to Win Than the Goldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/olympic-medal-even-harder-win-gold-180960188/The International Olympic Committee values sportsmanship above all elseFri, 19 Aug 2016 15:06:43 +0000Explorers Find Second Oldest Shipwreck in the Great Lakeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/second-oldest-great-lakes-shipwreck-found-180960178/The merchant sloop <i>Washington</i> went down in a storm in 1803 on Lake OntarioThu, 18 Aug 2016 18:57:55 +0000Use the Phrase “Polish Death Camps” in Poland and You May Go to Jailhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/use-phrase-polish-death-camps-in-poland-and-you-may-go-to-jail-180960167/Soon, saying that Nazi death camps were Polish could earn you three years in prisonThu, 18 Aug 2016 18:18:29 +0000Why the 1980 Olympic Village Is Now a Prisonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-1980-olympic-village-now-prison-180960161/It’s one way to deal with leftover infrastructureThu, 18 Aug 2016 15:42:59 +0000DNA Analysis Reveals What Ötzi the Iceman Wore to His Gravehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-analysis-reveals-what-otzi-iceman-wore-his-grave-180960170/He rocked surprisingly complex fashion for the Copper AgeThu, 18 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000Dig to Find Fabled Nazi Gold Train Beginshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dig-find-fabled-nazi-gold-train-begins-180960165/Explorers believe the Nazis stashed an armored train full of gold and weapons in tunnels in Poland's Owl MountainsWed, 17 Aug 2016 17:23:33 +0000The So-Called “Superhenge” Was Made of Wood, Not Stonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/so-called-superhenge-was-made-wood-not-stone-180960152/New research shows that the ancient structure was also taken down in a hurryWed, 17 Aug 2016 16:26:29 +0000Highest Peak in South Dakota Renamed for Oglala Lakota Medicine Manhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/highest-peak-south-dakota-renamed-oglala-lakota-medicine-man-180960133/A federal board has officially changed South Dakota's Harney Peak to Black Elk PeakTue, 16 Aug 2016 17:09:51 +0000Did the Ancient Greeks Engage in Human Sacrifice?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-ancient-greeks-engage-human-sacrifice-180960111/The remains uncovered at an altar to Zeus on Mount Lykaion may confirm legends about human sacrifice at the shrineFri, 12 Aug 2016 16:32:41 +0000Tourists in Hawaii Accidentally Discovered Ancient Petroglyphshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tourists-hawaii-accidentally-discovered-ancient-petroglyphs-180960104/A stroke of luck on the beachFri, 12 Aug 2016 14:09:00 +0000The Rules About How to Address the U.S. Flag Came About Because No One Wanted to Look Like a Nazihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rules-about-how-to-address-us-flag-came-about-because-no-one-wanted-to-look-like-a-nazi-180960100/During the National Anthem, Americans are asked to put their right hands over their hearts. But why?Fri, 12 Aug 2016 11:00:00 +0000Ancient Hominids Used These 250,000-Year-Old Tools for Butcheryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/250000-years-ago-ancient-humans-used-these-tools-butchery-180960102/Traces of blood on the prehistoric tools, suggest our ancestors had a much more varied diet than once thoughtThu, 11 Aug 2016 17:55:16 +0000World's Oldest Gold Object May Have Just Been Unearthed in Bulgariahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-gold-object-unearthed-bulgaria-180960093/A small gold bead shows that Copper Age people in the Balkans were processing gold 6,500 years agoThu, 11 Aug 2016 17:21:05 +0000Germany Is Reworking the Commission That Handles Restitution for Nazi-Looted Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germany-reworking-commission-handles-restitution-nazi-looted-art-180960087/A lackluster track record and controversial comments led to a shiftWed, 10 Aug 2016 18:47:10 +0000NASA Accidentally Sold a Precious Apollo Artifacthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-accidentally-sold-precious-apollo-artifact-180960081/A seemingly simple bag is at the center of multiple lawsuitsWed, 10 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000Why India’s “Iron Lady” Went on a Hunger Strike for 16 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-indias-iron-lady-went-on-a-hunger-strike-for-16-years-180960075/Irom Chanu Sharmila resisted a draconian law with her own bodyTue, 09 Aug 2016 17:56:50 +0000What Is the Role of the Emperor in Modern Japan?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/role-emperor-modern-japan-180960053/While the role is ceremonial, abdication could mean a political battleMon, 08 Aug 2016 19:36:27 +0000Rare Maya Burial Temple Discovered in Belizehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-maya-burial-temple-discovered-belize-180960054/Excavations at Xunantunich have uncovered the remains of a body and hieroglyphics that tell the story of the snake-head dynastyMon, 08 Aug 2016 19:01:56 +0000Last Journalists Exit the Birthplace of Modern Newshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/last-journalists-exit-birthplace-modern-news-180960051/After 300 years, Fleet Street, the London thoroughfare home to dozens of newspapers and thousands of reporters, becomes a tourist stopMon, 08 Aug 2016 16:07:04 +0000Original Pooh Bear Gets Makeover, Returns to New York Public Libraryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/original-pooh-bear-gets-makeover-returns-new-york-public-library-180960034/Winnie and his friends are clean, fluffy and filled with stories Fri, 05 Aug 2016 15:16:31 +0000A Palace Was Unearthed Where Legend Places King Arthur's Birthplacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/palace-unearthed-king-arthurs-birthplace-180960035/Archaeologists at Tintagel uncover walls and artifacts from a Dark Ages complex likely used by local kingsFri, 05 Aug 2016 14:44:43 +0000New Observation Tower Is World's Thinnesthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-observation-tower-worlds-thinnest-180960028/Brighton's West Pier comes back to life...as a crazy vertical viewing towerThu, 04 Aug 2016 18:42:27 +0000One of the Earliest Images of Skiing Was Destroyed by Youths Trying to “Improve It”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/norwegian-youth-destroys-one-earliest-images-skiing-trying-improve-it-180960013/The petroglyph was made 5,000 years agoThu, 04 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000Meet Ava, a Bronze Age Woman From the Scottish Highlandshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-ava-bronze-age-woman-scottish-highlands-180959988/A forensic artist has recreated the face of a woman alive 3,700 years agoThu, 04 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Diaries of Holocaust Architect Heinrich Himmler Discovered in Russiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/diaries-holocaust-architect-heinrich-himmler-discovered-russia-180960005/The man who designed the Nazi concentration camps switched easily between recording domestic life and mass murderWed, 03 Aug 2016 17:15:39 +0000The Government Just Won a Long Legal Battle Over Rare Coinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/government-just-won-long-legal-battle-over-rare-coins-180959993/The enigmatic Double Eagles are anything but trinketsWed, 03 Aug 2016 14:18:55 +0000Taiwan's President Issues First Formal Apology to Nation's Indigenous Peopleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-president-makes-first-formal-apology-taiwans-indigenous-peoples-180959990/Tsai Ing-wen is also setting up new programs and implementing laws to guarantee basic rights for native inhabitantsTue, 02 Aug 2016 17:33:18 +0000This Ball of Thread Is 3,000 Years Oldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ball-thread-3000-years-old-180959978/If it is simply held in the wrong way, the priceless artifact could crumble to piecesTue, 02 Aug 2016 16:51:10 +0000Peru Cracks Down on Illegal Gold Minershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/peru-cracks-down-on-illegal-gold-miners-180959954/A boom in outlaw mining activity in the last five years is polluting rivers, poisoning people and destroying forests in the Peruvian AmazonMon, 01 Aug 2016 16:50:00 +0000Tour the London of Yore With a Gigantic New Photo Maphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tour-london-yore-gigantic-new-photo-map-180959955/The London Picture Map brings an old city to new lifeFri, 29 Jul 2016 14:39:19 +0000How Sojourner Truth Used Photography to Help End Slaveryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-sojourner-truth-used-photography-help-end-slavery-180959952/The groundbreaking orator embraced newfangled technology to make her message heardThu, 28 Jul 2016 19:14:07 +0000Gouda Find: Divers Discover 340-Year-Old Dairy Product in Shipwreckhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gouda-find-divers-discover-340-year-old-dairy-product-in-shipwreck-180959939/One researcher compared the scent to a mixture of yeast and a type of unpasteurized cheese called RoquefortThu, 28 Jul 2016 14:59:39 +0000Walmart Once Pulled a Shirt That Said “Someday a Woman Will Be President” From Its Shelveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/walmart-once-pulled-shirt-said-someday-woman-will-be-president-its-shelves-180959935/While Hillary Clinton was living in the White House, no lessWed, 27 Jul 2016 19:35:55 +0000Why Ancestral Puebloans Honored People With Extra Digitshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-ancestral-puebloans-honored-people-with-extra-digits-180959919/New research shows having extra toes or fingers was a revered trait among people living in the Chaco Canyon, New MexicoWed, 27 Jul 2016 17:08:17 +0000Civil Rights Legend John Lewis Won a Prestigious Comic Book Awardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/civil-rights-legend-john-lewis-won-prestigious-comic-book-award-180959918/With <i>March</i>, Lewis brings his life story to a whole new generationTue, 26 Jul 2016 19:14:00 +0000The White House Was, in Fact, Built by Slaveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/white-house-was-fact-built-slaves-180959916/Along with the Capitol and other iconic buildings in Washington, D.C.Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:19:53 +0000Archaeologists Are Trying to Digitally Preserve an Ancient Cave Before It's Demolishedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-are-trying-digitally-preserve-ancient-cave-it-demolished-180959876/The 5th-century cave is in the way of an airport expansionTue, 26 Jul 2016 16:36:13 +0000The World Trade Center's Only Surviving Art Is Headed Back Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/world-trade-centers-only-surviving-art-headed-back-home-180959910/Battered, but not broken, Fritz Koenig's "Sphere" will be reinstalled near its original location at Ground Zero Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:46:39 +0000Bloody Leaves Help Solve 82-Year-Old Royal Mysteryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bloody-leaves-help-solve-82-year-old-royal-mystery-180959906/King Albert's untimely death sparked a range of conspiracy theories about the causeTue, 26 Jul 2016 15:37:37 +0000An Artist Will Slice Up a Peninsula to Remember Norway's 2011 Massacrehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artist-will-slice-peninsula-remember-norways-2011-massacre-180959891/"Memory Wound" will evoke the brutal losses of the July 22 tragedyMon, 25 Jul 2016 16:22:31 +0000War Correspondents Are No Longer Spies in the Eyes of the Pentagonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/war-correspondents-are-no-longer-spies-eyes-pentagon-180959890/Updated Law of War manual removes references that equate journalism to participation in hostilitiesFri, 22 Jul 2016 18:25:49 +0000Researcher Discovers First Written Evidence of Laws of Friction in Leonardo Da Vinci's Notebookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researcher-discovers-first-written-evidence-laws-friction-leonardo-da-vincis-notebooks-180959889/A scientific breakthrough was dismissed as a useless doodle—until nowFri, 22 Jul 2016 18:00:56 +0000The Media Village at the Rio Olympics Is Built on a Mass Grave of Slaveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/media-village-rio-olympics-built-mass-grave-slaves-180959873/As Brazil looks forward to an Olympic future, it buries its pastFri, 22 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000Museum Unveils Henry VIII's Flagshiphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-unveils-henry-viiis-flagship-180959861/The <i>Mary Rose</i> sank almost 500 years ago, but following more than 30 years of restoration, the remains of the warship are open to the publicThu, 21 Jul 2016 17:52:45 +0000Cave Graffiti Shows Natives and Europeans Had Early Dialogue in the Caribbeanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cave-graffiti-shows-natives-and-europeans-had-early-dialogue-caribbean-180959857/Cave art from both Taíno people and Spanish explorers in a cave on Mona Island shows the two had some early cultural understandingThu, 21 Jul 2016 16:47:38 +0000Lucifer Has Long Had His Hands in Politicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lucifer-has-long-had-his-hands-politics-180959858/Since the earliest days of Christianity, people have accused their political rivals of being in league with the DevilWed, 20 Jul 2016 19:04:51 +0000After 6,000 Years of Farming, Barley Is Still (More or Less) the Samehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-6000-years-farming-barley-still-more-or-less-same-180959838/Talk about an ancient grainWed, 20 Jul 2016 14:09:35 +0000These Anti-Suffragette Postcards Warned Against Giving Women the Votehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-anti-suffragette-postcards-warned-against-giving-women-vote-180959828/There are always those who resist societal changeTue, 19 Jul 2016 18:15:28 +0000Watch Historic Footage of Seven Consequential (and Cringeworthy) Convention Momentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-historic-footage-of-seven-consequential-and-cringeworthy-convention-moments-180959827/These tidbits of political theater past must be seen to be believedMon, 18 Jul 2016 19:33:40 +0000Jane Austen’s Music Collection Is Now Onlinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jane-austens-music-collection-now-online-180959819/Play piano like a Darcy with nearly 600 Austen-approved tunesMon, 18 Jul 2016 14:28:44 +0000Unesco Names New World Heritage Siteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-are-unescos-new-world-heritage-sites-180959822/Rock art, irrigation and education add to the organization's growing list of sites worthy of protectionFri, 15 Jul 2016 19:27:29 +0000Did Rembrandt Have Help With His Most Famous Paintings? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-rembrandt-have-help-180959809/A new study suggests the old master also knew his opticsFri, 15 Jul 2016 10:00:00 +0000The Revolutionary Infographics of W.E.B. Du Bois And Booker T. Washingtonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-revolutionary-infographics-of-web-du-bois-and-booker-t-washington-180959756/Data visualizations shed light on the living conditions of black people decades after the end of slaveryThu, 14 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0000After 45 Years, the FBI Has Officially Stopped Looking for D.B. Cooperhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-45-years-fbi-has-officially-stopped-looking-db-cooper-180959798/The mysterious skyjacker got away cleanWed, 13 Jul 2016 18:20:00 +0000Britain’s Most Famous Plundered Art Could Finally Go Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/britains-most-famous-plundered-art-could-finally-go-home-180959792/There’s a new attempt to return the Parthenon marbles to GreeceWed, 13 Jul 2016 17:50:00 +0000The World’s Oldest Working Library Will Soon Open Its Doors to the Publichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-oldest-working-library-will-soon-open-to-the-public-180959670/After renovations wrap up in September, the library at Morocco’s al-Qarawiyyin University will debut an exhibition section for non-scholarsWed, 13 Jul 2016 16:23:36 +0000Did Ancient Pacific Islanders Use Obsidian to Make Their Tattoos?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-ancient-pacific-islanders-use-obsidian-make-their-tattoos-180959791/A team of Australian researchers think they may have found tools used to ink the ancientsWed, 13 Jul 2016 16:05:29 +0000New Discoveries Double the Size of Ancient Greek Shipwreck Graveyardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-discoveries-double-size-ancient-greek-ship-graveyard-180959787/Researcher in the Fourni archipelago found 23 ships dating between 525 B.C. and 1850Wed, 13 Jul 2016 14:10:57 +0000Before Pokémon Go, These Scavenger Hunts Were All The Ragehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pokemon-go-these-scavenger-hunts-were-all-rage-180959788/"X" marks the spotWed, 13 Jul 2016 14:10:16 +0000Van Gogh Cut Off a Lot More Than His Earlobehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/van-gogh-cut-lot-more-his-earlobe-180959778/The self-inflicted wound was even worse than most thoughtTue, 12 Jul 2016 18:01:12 +0000Here's What Malcolm X Thought About Race in 1964http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-malcolm-x-thought-about-race-1964-180959763/A revealing postcard to Redd Foxx is up for auctionTue, 12 Jul 2016 16:00:00 +0000Why Britain’s New Prime Minister Wasn’t Electedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-britains-new-prime-minister-wasnt-elected-180959762/Theresa May will become the U.K.’s newest Prime Minister tomorrowTue, 12 Jul 2016 15:25:31 +0000New Dig Shows the Philistines Weren’t Such Philistineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/philistines-werent-such-philistines-new-dig-shows-180959757/A graveyard containing over 200 sets of remains is giving researchers their first deep look into the little-known biblical tribeTue, 12 Jul 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Tragic Story of Dallas' First African-American Police Officerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tragic-story-dallas-first-african-american-police-officer-180959755/After William McDuff was killed, it took Dallas 50 years to replace himTue, 12 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +0000 How an Anti-Lynching Banner From the 1920s and '30s Is Being Updated to Protest Modern-Day Violencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-an-anti-lynching-banner-from-1920s-30s-being-updated-to-protest-modern-day-violence-180959752/One artist took inspiration from the NAACP's iconic flagMon, 11 Jul 2016 17:53:21 +0000This Exhibit Captures the Magic of Being a Kidhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exhibit-captures-magic-being-kid-180959671/The Metropolitan Museum of Art peeks into the idealized lives of kids pastMon, 11 Jul 2016 15:00:00 +0000These Beatrix Potter Illustrations Were Found Tucked Inside a Mansion’s Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-beatrix-potter-illustrations-were-found-inside-mansions-books-180959742/The children’s book author found inspiration on vacationMon, 11 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0000The KGB’s Favorite Restaurant Reopens in Moscowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kgbs-favorite-restaurant-reopens-moscow-180959732/Aragvi, the haunt of Soviet-era celebrities and spies opens after a 13-year absence and $20 million renovation Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +0000Study Shows Knights Were Pretty Spry in Their Suits of Armorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-shows-knights-were-pretty-spry-their-suits-armor-180959699/Researchers studied the range of motion of fighters in suits of armor, finding they were heavy but allowed freedom of movementFri, 08 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000Family Discovers Rare Letters by Thomas Jeffersonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/family-discovers-thomas-jefferson-letters-180959718/In the two letters selling for over $300,000 each, Jefferson opines on the War of 1812 and his dislike for Alexander Hamilton's economicsThu, 07 Jul 2016 19:43:21 +0000Amateur Historian Digs up Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Press Pass From the Spanish Civil Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-historian-digs-antoine-de-saint-exuperys-press-pass-spanish-civil-war-180959702/The celebrated author of “The Little Prince” once covered the Spanish Civil WarWed, 06 Jul 2016 19:43:41 +0000Tens of Thousands of Artifacts Have Been Found in Colonial Philadelphia Toiletshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tens-thousands-artifacts-recovered-colonial-philadelphia-toilets-180959687/Archaeologists excavating the site of the Museum of the American Revolution found a dozen privy pits full of pottery, printing supplies and animal bonesWed, 06 Jul 2016 14:14:02 +0000How Did the Six-Pointed Star Become Associated With Judaism?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-did-the-six-pointed-star-become-associated-with-judaism-180959693/The connection between the two goes back centuriesWed, 06 Jul 2016 13:43:52 +0000Transgender People Can Now Serve Openly in the U.S. Militaryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/transgender-people-can-now-serve-openly-us-military-180959677/One of the last restrictions on who can serve in the military has been removedFri, 01 Jul 2016 17:51:56 +0000Researcher Unearths a Trove of New Shakespeare Documentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researcher-unearths-trove-new-shakespeare-documents-180959673/Archival papers show the Bard was interested in improving his social statusFri, 01 Jul 2016 17:40:53 +0000These Ancient Tombs May Have Been Both Grave and Observatoryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-ancient-tombs-may-have-been-both-grave-observatory-180959668/The best view of the heavens could be from within the tombFri, 01 Jul 2016 17:10:00 +0000These Artifacts Show the Best—And Worst—of American Election Ephemerahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-artifacts-show-the-best-and-worst-of-american-election-ephemera-180959669/From trash to political treasureFri, 01 Jul 2016 16:49:37 +0000Five Things to Know About Pullman Portershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-pullman-porters-180959663/As the oldest Pullman porters die, it's time to reflect on the proud legacy of these African-American workersThu, 30 Jun 2016 19:07:41 +000019th-Century Sunken Schooner Uncovered in Lake Ontariohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/19th-century-old-sunken-schooner-uncovered-lake-ontario-180959657/It’s the only two-masted ship known to have sunk in the areaThu, 30 Jun 2016 16:37:05 +0000Experience the Secrets of a Threatened Taiwanese Templehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/experience-secrets-threatened-taiwanese-temple-180959611/New 3D reconstructions make it possible to look inside Lukang LongshanThu, 30 Jun 2016 16:00:00 +0000A New Project Tells the Stories of the Women of Route 66http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-project-tells-stories-women-route-66-180959614/An oral history project with the National Park Service follows women on the iconic highwayThu, 30 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Poster That Started the "Keep Calm" Craze is on Salehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-poster-that-started-the-keep-calm-craze-is-on-sale-180959609/Learn about the print that launched a thousand memesWed, 29 Jun 2016 17:45:00 +0000Archaeologists Found a Hand-Dug Holocaust Escape Tunnelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-found-hand-dug-holocaust-escape-tunnel-180959607/The tunnel was dug by desperate prisoners using spoonsWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:26:50 +0000