Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonian feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenFri, 05 Feb 2016 20:18:15 +0000Photographs Document Some of the First Black Women to Serve With the U.S. Navy women were not allowed to join WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) until 1944Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:18:15 +0000British Monks Discovered a Curry Recipe in a 200-Year-Old Cookbook Portuguese brought the dish to Europe when they began colonizing IndiaFri, 05 Feb 2016 18:04:19 +0000Snow White Wasn’t the First Disney Princess, meet PersephoneThu, 04 Feb 2016 19:33:16 +0000Mountain Dew Once Had Ties to Moonshine original soda named Mountain Dew was supposed to be a whiskey accompaniment Thu, 04 Feb 2016 17:30:00 +0000A Trumpet Retrieved From a World War II Shipwreck Could Still Hold Its Owner’s DNA are trying to identify the sailor who once played itThu, 04 Feb 2016 16:00:00 +0000Read About Drama, Politics, Breakfast in These Newly Digitized Colonial Documents ambitious Harvard University project brings history to life, archiving nearly half a million documents onlineWed, 03 Feb 2016 20:00:00 +0000Archaeologists Discovered a Roman Fresco Beneath the Streets of London ornate, hand-painted wall was once considered to be the height of fashion in LondiniumWed, 03 Feb 2016 17:45:57 +0000Archeologists Find a Rare 4,500-Year-Old Egyptian Funerary Boat watercraft is so well preserved that it still has the pegs, ropes and plant fibers that once held it togetherTue, 02 Feb 2016 21:02:24 +0000A Short History of Groundhog Day Phil is part of a tradition with roots that extend back thousands of yearsTue, 02 Feb 2016 20:11:38 +0000Lavishly Illustrated Medieval Playing Cards Flouted the Church and Law and religious officials alike frowned on card playing in Europe's Middle AgesMon, 01 Feb 2016 17:48:14 +0000Williams-Sonoma’s Founder Is Getting His Own Museum museum will feature the 4,000-plus pieces of cookware that the kitchenware impresario donated upon his death Fri, 29 Jan 2016 20:30:00 +000044 Years Ago, Shirley Chisholm Became the First Black Woman to Run For President saw her campaign as a necessary "catalyst for change"Fri, 29 Jan 2016 19:34:33 +0000Stalin May Have Studied Mao’s Poop in a Secret Lab a whiff of this stranger-than-fiction story of political paranoia and Soviet scienceFri, 29 Jan 2016 18:15:00 +0000The First Person of Native American Descent Was Elected to the U.S. Senate 109 Years Ago Today Curtis, who would go on to become Herbert Hoover's vice president, left behind a problematic legacyFri, 29 Jan 2016 17:39:41 +0000Colonial America Depended on the Enslavement of Indigenous People role of enslaving Native Americans in early American history is often overlookedFri, 29 Jan 2016 13:30:00 +0000Cats May Have Been Domesticated Twice only one ended up as the house catFri, 29 Jan 2016 13:30:00 +0000Five Things to Know About the Iowa Caucuses Hawkeye State knows its way around political chaos Thu, 28 Jan 2016 18:20:00 +0000Construction Crews Discover Mammoth Bones Beneath an Oregon Football Stadium,000-year-old bones were hiding just ten feet beneath the endzoneWed, 27 Jan 2016 20:49:24 +0000This Is the Winning Design for the New World War I Memorial hundred years later, WWI will finally get a large-scale memorial in Washington, D.C.Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:02:20 +0000The Doomsday Clock's Hands Will Stay Put for Now agree—when it comes to nuclear weapons and climate change, it's still three minutes until midnightTue, 26 Jan 2016 19:30:00 +0000These Drawings of Historic Places Were Just Honored by the Library of Congress back in time with architectural drawings of buildings steeped in historyTue, 26 Jan 2016 16:15:00 +0000After Nearly 50 Years, Niagara Falls Might Soon Run Dry Again a set of 115-year-old bridges may require shutting off the rush of water that usually flows over the fallsTue, 26 Jan 2016 13:30:00 +0000Antarctic Explorer Dies 30 Miles Short of Goal Worsley nearly crossed Antarctica, unaidedMon, 25 Jan 2016 20:56:29 +0000Archaeologists Finally Know What Happened at This Brutal Reform School Florida School for Boys did anything but rehabilitate its studentsMon, 25 Jan 2016 18:16:59 +0000A Prison Camp in Montenegro Is Now Becoming a Luxury Resort tiny Mamula island once held more than 2,300 prisoners during World War IIMon, 25 Jan 2016 17:15:00 +0000Nellie Bly's Record-Breaking Trip Around the World Was, to Her Surprise, A Race 1889, the intrepid journalist under took her voyage, mainly by steamship and train, unknowingly competing against a reporter from a rival publicationMon, 25 Jan 2016 16:44:52 +0000These Little-Known Photographs Put an Eerie Face on Child Labor photos taken by Lewis Wickes Hine make a haunting case against the conditions experienced by many working children in the early 20th centuryThu, 21 Jan 2016 21:30:00 +0000See the World Like a Paleolithic Cave Dweller With This Replica of the Lascaux Cave Paintings back in time with the help of some talented French artistsThu, 21 Jan 2016 20:06:43 +0000Fairy Tales Could Be Older Than You Ever Imagined may have been climbing that beanstalk for more than 5,000 yearsWed, 20 Jan 2016 20:30:00 +0000How a Hidden Figure Emerged From One of Leonardo da Vinci’s Notebooks imaging reveals the approximately 500-year-old sketchTue, 19 Jan 2016 17:00:00 +00001,500-Year-Old Prosthetic Foot Discovered in Austria skeleton of a middle-aged man may have been missing a lower limb but in its place researchers found a wooden 'foot' Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:30:49 +0000Chauvet Cave Paintings Could Depict a 37,000-Year-Old Volcanic Eruption paintings in the “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” led researchers to new evidence of ancient volcanic activityTue, 19 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000This Postmodern Art Captures a Tiny Moment of Hope During Romania’s Communist Years about Romania's “unfrozen years” at Bucharest’s Postmodernism MuseumFri, 15 Jan 2016 15:45:00 +0000Check Out a Medical Pop-Up Book From the 17th Century movable books were geared towards informing adults not entertaining childrenWed, 13 Jan 2016 17:49:00 +0000Archaeologists Find World’s Oldest Tea in the Tomb of a Han Dynasty Emperor word on how it tastes, though it probably made a good cup 2,150 years agoWed, 13 Jan 2016 16:27:45 +0000The Ku Klux Klan Didn’t Always Wear Hoods white hood and robe is just the most popular of a variety of costumes used by the hate groupWed, 13 Jan 2016 13:30:00 +0000Queen Elizabeth I Held England’s First Official Lottery 450 Years Ago lucky winner took home a prize that included not just money, but also fancy dishware and tapestriesWed, 13 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000The French Castle That May Have Inspired "Sleeping Beauty" Is Filled With Creepy Mannequins honor of Charles Perrault's birthday, explore the Chateau d'UsseTue, 12 Jan 2016 18:40:06 +0000There’s a 1,500-Year-Old Farming Village Beneath a Norwegian Airport airport expansion gives archaeologists the chance to dig for historical treasures in a pre-Viking settlementMon, 11 Jan 2016 15:14:29 +0000This Ancient City Was Three Times Bigger Than Archaeologists Suspected Crete's tourist boom threaten the archaeological treasures of Knossos? Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:00:00 +0000Thank Neanderthals for Your Immune System inherited from our ancient cousins may have helped fight off diseaseFri, 08 Jan 2016 20:04:32 +0000How a Nearly Successful Slave Revolt Was Intentionally Lost to History than 500 slaves fought for their freedom in this oft-overlooked rebellionFri, 08 Jan 2016 20:01:22 +0000The Rise and Fall of the Wrecking Ball instrument of destruction was popular in the 1950s and '60s but is now a rare creature on the demolition siteFri, 08 Jan 2016 17:30:00 +0000Dinosaurs May Have Dug Trenches to Woo Mates grooves discovered in Colorado suggest dinos had bird-like mating ritualsFri, 08 Jan 2016 15:30:00 +0000Remnants of a Whaling Disaster Have Been Discovered off the Coast of Alaska catastrophe wiped out an entire whaling fleet 144 years ago, now researchers have found some of the wrecks' remainsFri, 08 Jan 2016 13:30:00 +0000Grab Your Fork and Travel Back in Time With These Old USDA Dietary Guidelines, pyramids and plates—dietary recommendations have come a long way in the last centuryThu, 07 Jan 2016 17:56:03 +0000The New York Public Library Just Made More Than 180,000 Items Available Online gratification for curious mindsThu, 07 Jan 2016 15:00:00 +0000This Ancient Grain May Have Helped Humans Become Farmers's short growing season and low water needs might also benefit a modern world stressed by climate changeThu, 07 Jan 2016 11:00:00 +0000Chinese Capitalists Built a Gigantic, Golden Statue of Chairman Mao the Chairman's legacy, this 121-foot statue is hard to ignoreWed, 06 Jan 2016 18:05:12 +0000Revolutionary War Era Ship Found at Hotel Construction Site scuttled ship could reveal new details about how American colonists built their boatsTue, 05 Jan 2016 18:57:51 +0000Here’s Why New York Celebrates New Year’s Eve by Dropping a Ball Year’s Eve wasn’t always a riotous partyThu, 31 Dec 2015 17:51:11 +0000Ring in the New Year by Dressing Up as a Bear's famed bear dance scares away winterThu, 31 Dec 2015 17:32:30 +0000West Coast Drought Uncovers Remnants of a Long-Sunken Oregon Town low water levels revealed remains of a town beneath Detroit LakeThu, 31 Dec 2015 17:00:00 +0000Explore America’s History With These Richly Interactive Maps“American Panorama” delves into the social, political and economic movements that define this countryThu, 31 Dec 2015 14:30:00 +0000Copenhagen Has a Cemetery for Homeless People proper burials for indigent individuals remain few and far betweenWed, 30 Dec 2015 17:04:43 +0000Replicas of a Temple Nearly Destroyed by ISIS Are Coming to New York and London surviving archway from Palmyra will be recreated as a symbol of defianceWed, 30 Dec 2015 13:00:00 +0000Ancient Pompeii Is Alive Again as Italian Officials Unveil Six Restored Ruins “Grand Pompeii Project” helps to preserve the dwellingsTue, 29 Dec 2015 16:00:00 +0000France Is Making Thousands of Vichy-Era Documents Public regarding the Vichy regime’s collaboration with the Nazis made “freely accessible”Tue, 29 Dec 2015 13:00:00 +0000After 70 Years, Japan and South Korea Settle Dispute Over Wartime Sex Slaves with this agreement in place, many are still seeking a better resolutionMon, 28 Dec 2015 20:22:53 +0000It Took Israeli Authorities Months to Identify This Strange, Gold Object artifact or back massager?Wed, 23 Dec 2015 17:30:01 +0000Archivists Are Trying to Preserve Paris’ Post-Attack Memorials generations will know how Parisians responded to attacks in their cityWed, 23 Dec 2015 13:00:25 +0000Nicholas Cage Returned a Stolen Dino Skull actor paid $270,000 for the skull of one of T. rex's cousinsTue, 22 Dec 2015 17:30:46 +0000A Brief History of Figgy Pudding dense, spicy dish has been giving good cheer for centuriesMon, 21 Dec 2015 20:00:31 +0000Logbooks From 19th Century Whaling Ships Could Help Climate Change Scientists new crowdsourcing project lets amateur enthusiasts contribute, tooThu, 17 Dec 2015 16:30:47 +0000Sorry, Treasure Hunters: That Legendary Nazi Gold Train Is a Total Bust months of searching, experts say rumors of a forgotten treasure are just thatThu, 17 Dec 2015 16:00:13 +0000Dine Behind the Iron Curtain With Soviet Era Recipes new cookbook explores a time of food shortages and standardization, colored with some nostalgiaWed, 16 Dec 2015 12:00:18 +0000For the First Time in 242 Years, British Tea Will Be Dumped Into the Boston Harbor up, patriots!Tue, 15 Dec 2015 18:00:56 +0000These Old-School Internet Browsers Are Like Real-Life Time Machines new tool lets you experience the glory—and embarrassment—of the internet of yoreTue, 15 Dec 2015 17:30:23 +0000Traces of San Francisco’s Pre-1906 Earthquake Chinatown Uncovered sewing machines shed light on an enclave that city officials once tried to eliminateMon, 14 Dec 2015 17:30:47 +0000NOAA Made a Sequel to 'In the Heart of the Sea' the story that inspired <i>Moby-Dick</i> is just the beginningFri, 11 Dec 2015 20:44:01 +0000Take a Tour of Postwar Tokyo in the 1940s archival footage makes a fascinating backdrop in a new music videoFri, 11 Dec 2015 19:00:00 +0000Restored Photos From Shackleton’s Antarctic Wreck Reveal New Details taken during Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition have been digitally restored for the first timeFri, 11 Dec 2015 18:00:00 +0000Suleiman the Magnificent's Lost Tomb Might Finally Be Found historians believe they have found the Ottoman sultan’s final resting placeFri, 11 Dec 2015 16:14:24 +0000Explore Laos' Plain of Jars with Drone Footage parts of the 2,000-year-old-site are off-limits because of Vetnam-era cluster bombsFri, 11 Dec 2015 13:00:00 +0000