Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonian feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenFri, 21 Oct 2016 16:46:20 +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 +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 +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 +0000How the Reno Gang Launched the Era of American Train Robberies years ago today, the first-ever train robbery took place in Indiana, setting off decades of shoot outs and bloodshedThu, 06 Oct 2016 15:35:17 +0000Channel Edward Hopper With a Night in His Bedroom in the childhood home of one of history’s greatest painters Wed, 05 Oct 2016 19:09:58 +0000Tour the World’s Biggest Manmade Cave in China 816 Nuclear Plant stands as a reminder of a paranoid pastWed, 05 Oct 2016 16:39:48 +0000Gold Rings Found in Warrior's Tomb Connect Two Ancient Greek Cultures of four gold rings and some 2,000 other recently uncovered objects points to the exchange of ideas and goods between two ancient peoplesTue, 04 Oct 2016 17:56:19 +0000Campsite Places Humans in Argentina 14,000 Years Ago at the site Arroyo Seco 2 include stone tools and evidence that humans were hunting giant sloths, giant armadillos and extinct horse speciesMon, 03 Oct 2016 19:57:03 +0000People Really Hate a Newly Repaired Stretch of the Great Wall of China for good reasonMon, 03 Oct 2016 13:48:52 +0000Wikipedia Wants You to Improve Its Coverage of Indigenous Peoples does the site that anyone can edit contain so little coverage of native people?Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:22:01 +0000Archaeologist Finds Ancient Roman Coins in 12th-Century Japanese Castle meets westThu, 29 Sep 2016 19:13:41 +0000Why the U.S. Government Is Paying Half a Billion in Settlements to 17 Tribal Governments adds to 95 cases the U.S. has settled with native groups since 2012Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:31:46 +0000When the Inventor of the Diesel Engine Disappeared Diesel’s fate is still intriguing to this dayThu, 29 Sep 2016 14:47:56 +0000Rule Allows Native Hawaiians to Form Their Own Government rule by the Interior Department will allow indigenous Hawaiians to vote on creating a sovereign government similar to those of Native American tribesWed, 28 Sep 2016 15:45:00 +0000Channel Childhoods Gone By With This Digital Archive of Victorian Children’s Books nursery rhymes to religious lectures, this digital archive shows how kids read in a bygone ageTue, 27 Sep 2016 16:00:00 +0000This Documentary Series Will Teach You About World War I in Real Time week-by-week approach to the Great WarTue, 27 Sep 2016 15:00:00 +0000New DNA Analysis Shows How Cats Spread Around the World spread in two waves including moving around Europe on Viking ships, according to researchersTue, 27 Sep 2016 14:50:15 +0000An 1885 Ship Just Sailed Back to New York City a 16-month-long overhaul, the Wavertree has been restored to her former gloryTue, 27 Sep 2016 10:00:00 +0000This Letter Tells What Al Capone Was Up to in Alcatraz words: prison bandMon, 26 Sep 2016 15:42:54 +0000New DNA Analysis Shows Aboriginal Australians Are the World's Oldest Society group was the first to split after a single wave of migration out of Africa took place between 51,000 and 72,000 years ago, study showsFri, 23 Sep 2016 15:05:28 +0000Scientists Virtually Peek Inside Ancient Biblical Charred Scrolls completely burned Biblical text is now readableFri, 23 Sep 2016 14:18:58 +0000George Washington’s Biracial Family Is Getting New Recognition National Park Service is finally acknowledging the first president’s biracial familyThu, 22 Sep 2016 19:28:24 +0000Colombian Statue Heads Home After 80 Years slab figure disappeared from Colombia's National Musuem in 1939Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:18:28 +0000World's Oldest Fish Hooks Discovered in Okinawa 23,000-year-old barbs are made from snail shell. The discovery shows that early people had the resources to survive on the isolated islandTue, 20 Sep 2016 18:46:00 +0000A British Jail Is Paying Artistic Tribute to Oscar Wilde, its Most Famous Inmate Smith, Ai Weiwei and others envision what it's like to be <i>Inside</i>Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:41:25 +0000Skeleton Pulled From the Antikythera Shipwreck Could Give Clues to Life Aboard the Vessel hope to analyze DNA taken from a skeleton found among the wreckageTue, 20 Sep 2016 14:29:56 +0000A Brief History of America’s Complicated Relationship With Wild Horses iconic symbol of the Wild West has a tangled and controversial storyTue, 20 Sep 2016 10:00:00 +0000Amateur Archaeologist Discovers Significant Amount of Scotland's Ancient Rock Art and avid walker George Currie has catalogued 670 pieces of prehistoric rock art in the HighlandsMon, 19 Sep 2016 19:30:24 +0000A New Choral Work Was Inspired by the Death of Matthew Shepard“Considering Matthew Shepard” finds hope inside a story of hateMon, 19 Sep 2016 14:39:44 +0000Visit the Manuscript of 'Jane Eyre' in New York handwritten novel is in the United States for the first time—along with an exhibition of artifacts from Charlotte Brontë’s brief and brilliant lifeMon, 19 Sep 2016 13:49:19 +0000You Could Own F. Scott Fitzgerald’s House in the Victorian rowhouse where a career was bornFri, 16 Sep 2016 18:19:26 +0000The Oldest Lighthouse in the United States Just Celebrated 300 Years of Service Boston Light still welcomes sailors to Boston HarborFri, 16 Sep 2016 18:11:45 +0000Archaeologists Find Ancient Pot With Traces of 3,000-Year-Old Burnt Cheese ancient mishap gives researchers a peek into Bronze Age lifeFri, 16 Sep 2016 15:29:49 +0000Saplings From the 9/11 Survivor Tree Are Headed to Paris, San Bernardino and Orlando tree is a powerful symbol of resilience and life, even in the most tragic circumstancesFri, 16 Sep 2016 14:40:30 +0000The U.S. Government Is Suing for a Set of Lighthouse Lenses lenses could be worth up to $600,000Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:32:06 +0000Obama Declares the First Atlantic Ocean National Marine Monument the announcement of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, Obama solidifies his legacy as an ocean guardianThu, 15 Sep 2016 20:05:47 +0000Earliest Evidence of Indigo Dye Found at Ancient Peruvian Burial Site dyed fabrics represent the earliest known use of indigo in the world, predating Egyptian samples by about 1,600 yearsThu, 15 Sep 2016 19:44:00 +0000New Analysis Shows Disputed Maya “Grolier Codex” Is the Real Deal long thought the document was forged, but a recent study suggests otherwiseThu, 15 Sep 2016 15:01:25 +0000Five Things to Know About the Most Recent Census Income Report’s up, but the picture is more complicated than thatThu, 15 Sep 2016 14:46:54 +0000Understanding the Controversy Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline to know as protesters and the oil company continue to clashWed, 14 Sep 2016 15:00:13 +0000The Woman in the Iconic V-J Day Kiss Photo Died at 92, Here's Her Story’s more to the image than meets the eyeWed, 14 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000Second Ship From Sir John Franklin's 19th-Century Expedition Found years and a day after its sister ship was discovered, Canadian researchers find the H.M.S. <i>Terror</i>Tue, 13 Sep 2016 18:51:28 +0000Curators Are One Piece Closer to Solving the Mystery of Magritte’s Missing Painting<i>The Enchanted Pose</i> is coming back from the dead—one painted-over quarter at a timeTue, 13 Sep 2016 16:00:30 +0000These Early Infographics Illustrated the Plight of America’s Poor Kelley used hard numbers to effect changeMon, 12 Sep 2016 19:06:01 +0000This Digital Collection of Babe Ruth’s Scrapbooks Is a Piece of Home Run History Baseball Hall of Fame is sharing its collection with the internetFri, 09 Sep 2016 19:48:56 +0000Even Napoleon Had an Unpublished Manuscript, and Now It’s up for Auction handwritten novella captures his feelings toward love at age 26Fri, 09 Sep 2016 15:45:37 +0000Austria and Turkey Are Butting Heads Over an Archaeological Dig authorities have shut down a major dig early due to international tensionsFri, 09 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000Five Times Aleppo Was the Center of the World’s Attention the once-regal city survive this moment in the spotlight?Thu, 08 Sep 2016 18:25:33 +0000Why the U.S. Is Pledging Millions to Clean Up Bombs in Laos later, a once-secret war still threatens LaotiansThu, 08 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000Explore Skulls and Artifacts From a 16th-Century Warship <i>Mary Rose</i> was the pride of Henry VIII’s fleet before it sank at seaWed, 07 Sep 2016 16:10:22 +0000Fuel Your Design Obsession With 200,000 Newly Digitized Artifacts 30 centuries of design at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum without leaving your computerWed, 07 Sep 2016 15:00:10 +0000Remembering the Tasmanian Tiger, 80 Years After It Became Extinct, the animal’s memory is alive and well in AustraliaWed, 07 Sep 2016 11:00:00 +0000See the Marriage License From the Historic Loving Decision can see the document that led to the Supreme Court case that overturned laws barring interracial marriage in the U.S. on displayFri, 02 Sep 2016 18:44:00 +0000Scholars Uncover Secret Message from Mussolini dictator's self-image lives on deep beneath an obelisk he built to commemorate his own greatnessThu, 01 Sep 2016 14:53:30 +0000New York's Highest Court Has Expanded the Definition of What it Means to Be a Parent New York law, parental rights have now become more inclusiveWed, 31 Aug 2016 19:31:40 +0000You Can Thank These Depression-Era Workers for Your National Parks life in the Civilian Conservation Corps is preserved in a new National Park Service archiveTue, 30 Aug 2016 17:54:32 +0000The Remains of 400-Year-Old Scottish Soldiers Will Be Reburied in England soldiers were captured by Oliver Cromwell's forces following the Battle of DunbarTue, 30 Aug 2016 16:30:00 +0000Read a Chilling Letter From Bonnie and Clyde $40,000? You could own an angry letter from the vengeful duo Mon, 29 Aug 2016 20:08:03 +0000After 52 Years, the War Between Colombia and the FARC Will End 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 Gentrification 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 Wine 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 Time 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 Manuscript will be 898 copies made of the coded Voynich Manuscript, which has stumped scholars for over a centuryWed, 24 Aug 2016 20:10:40 +0000Scan Reveals Rare, 500-Year-Old Mesoamerican Manuscript 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 Victims slavery to segregation to mass incarcerationWed, 24 Aug 2016 16:25:10 +0000