Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonian feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenFri, 28 Aug 2015 15:30:00 +0000Confused Construction Workers Tore Down an Ancient Tomb and Replaced it With a Picnic Table the tomb's picnic table-like appearance to blame? Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:30:00 +0000During Prohibition, Vintners Sold "Wine Bricks" Rather Than Wine, ferment, enjoyThu, 27 Aug 2015 13:30:00 +0000A Woman Just Found a Message in a Bottle From a Century-old Experiment German tourist spotted the bottle, which had been indented to measure deep ocean currentsThu, 27 Aug 2015 12:45:00 +0000Execution Ballads Once Spread the News of Punishment to the Public grisly tunes deliberately pull on emotions to discourage crimeWed, 26 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000ISIS Recently Blew Up an Ancient Temple in Palmyra temple of Baalshamin was over 2,000 years oldMon, 24 Aug 2015 17:00:00 +0000Two Men Say They’ve Found a Mythical Train of Nazi Gold hunters have searched for it since the end of World War II, but it may have never existed in the first placeMon, 24 Aug 2015 14:30:00 +0000Utah's Winged Monster Rock Painting Isn’t A Monster at All picture shows a collection of figures, none of which have wingsMon, 24 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Russia Wants Rachmaninoff’s Remains Back a composer who abandoned his home forever be returned there 72 years after his death? Thu, 20 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000Human Bones Found Near Pennsylvania Highway Could Be From the 1918 Flu construction reveals mass gravesiteThu, 20 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000Medieval Chastity Belts Are a Myth probably chuckled just as much then about the idea as they do todayThu, 20 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Americans Used to Eat Robin Pie and Calf’s Foot Jelly food historian points out some forgotten favoritesThu, 20 Aug 2015 12:31:49 +0000Tourists Will Soon Be Able to Sleep Over at Versailles them eat cake (at a five-star hotel)Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:03:26 +0000Scientists Just Identified a Pinkie That’s Almost 2 Million Years Old it could be a major evolutionary breakthroughWed, 19 Aug 2015 16:01:01 +0000The First Two Female Army Rangers Are About to Graduate completing a grueling course, two women have proved they have what it takes to join the Army's bestWed, 19 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Elizabeth II Isn’t England’s Longest-Ruling Monarch Just Yet she's about to set a royal recordTue, 18 Aug 2015 17:24:22 +0000The Color White Has a Dark Past race to wealth to cleanliness, the color's connotations have a long historyFri, 14 Aug 2015 18:30:00 +0000How a Hellish Road Trip Revolutionized American Highways, food rationing, and embarrassment may have prompted Ike to push for a better highway systemFri, 14 Aug 2015 18:05:00 +0000Would You Pass This 1910 Museum Curator Test?'t know how to steer a canoe? Instant failFri, 14 Aug 2015 17:00:00 +0000The World's Oldest Multicolor Printed Book Was Too Fragile to Read...Until Now 1633 book has now been digitizedThu, 13 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Could a Door in King Tut's Tomb Lead to Nefertiti? could be more in Tutanhkamun's burial chamber than meets the eyeWed, 12 Aug 2015 17:10:00 +0000What's Behind China's Professional Tomb Raiding Trend? over, Lara Croft: raiding tombs is an increasingly viable career in ChinaTue, 11 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000Did Shakespeare Smoke Pot? pipes in the Bard’s backyard may retain traces of cannabis, but some historians remain skeptical Tue, 11 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000This is the First Known Photo of the Smithsonian Castle the Smithsonian's 169th birthday, a glimpse into the iconic Castle's constructionMon, 10 Aug 2015 14:39:00 +0000Bats and Balloon Bombs: The Weird Weapons That Could Have Won WWII War II's lesser-known weapons were ingenious, indeedMon, 10 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Could This Video Solve One of History's Greatest Art Mysteries? shows an unknown man entering the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum the night before the infamous robberyFri, 07 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000These Academics Are Outracing (and Outwitting) ISIS, archaeologists and librarians scramble to save precious cultural capital before it can be sold or destroyed by militantsFri, 07 Aug 2015 17:00:00 +0000Americans Have Always Loved to Hate Presidential Debates are ambivalent — but they still tune inFri, 07 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Nagasaki Bombing Almost Didn’t Happen really happened on the mission to drop the second atomic bombFri, 07 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000The Health Effects of the Atom Bomb Are Still Being Studied of Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors influence worldwide radiation standards, even 70 years laterThu, 06 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000Blueberries: A Biography world's commercial blueberries all have their roots in New JerseyThu, 06 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000He Designed the Sydney Opera House...But Wasn't Even Invited to its Opening, an inexperienced architect and a mismanaged project still produced one of the world's most iconic buildingsThu, 06 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Astronauts Fill Out Customs Forms, Too Buzz Aldrin's expense report and customs form from his Apollo 11 mission to the moonThu, 06 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000Teen Schools Professor on "No Irish Need Apply" Signs with a Google search and a theory, a 14-year-old enters the fray on a longstanding historical debateWed, 05 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000The Parks Service Just Added Four New National Historic Landmarks memorials, bison jumps and parksTue, 04 Aug 2015 19:13:00 +0000North Korea's Military Still Uses Stealth Planes From the 1940s An-2 can hover and fly backwardsTue, 04 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000A 13th-Century Sword Is Giving Historians a Headache sword's inscription is an 800-year-old mysteryTue, 04 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Scientists Have Been Talking About Greenhouse Gases for 191 Years first explorations of the greenhouse effect began in 1824Mon, 03 Aug 2015 20:54:46 +0000The United States Once Invaded and Occupied Haiti 1915, American troops began a 19-year, unofficial occupation of the Caribbean nation Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000NYC Subway Technology Goes Way the 1930s's busiest subway system relies on vintage machinesFri, 31 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000Florida Divers Dig Up $1 Million in Sunken Treasure hunters find 300-year-old coins from a Spanish fleet off the Florida coastThu, 30 Jul 2015 18:02:00 +000070 Years Ago, a B-25 Bomber Crashed Into the Empire State Building people died in the accidentThu, 30 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Times Square’s Iconic Billboards May Be Illegal lights, big city, breaking the lawWed, 29 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Climate Change Might Break Carbon Dating fuel emissions mess with the ratio of carbon isotopes in the atmosphereMon, 27 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Who Were the First People to Eat Chickens? find in Israel shows evidence of chicken consumption from as early as 400 B.C.E.Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Franklin’s Doomed Arctic Expedition Ended in Gruesome Cannibalism bone analysis suggests crew resorted to eating flesh, then marrowMon, 27 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000Carbon Dating Reveals One of the Oldest Known Copies of the Quran fragments found in U.K. library were written between 568 and 645Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19:41:02 +0000Why Are People Still Using Asbestos? story holds parallels with that of the tobacco industryThu, 23 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000 The International Olympic Committee Just Rescued Its Priceless Video Archive years and 100,000 hours of work later, the IOC’s archive has been digitized and preservedThu, 23 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Central Park Has 22 Statues of Historical Figures. Every Single One is a Man. a crusade to bring historic women into the park change the face of the city?Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:28:49 +0000In the 1960s, One Man Took Washington D.C.’s Rat Problem Into His Own Hands, Literally challenged the city’s race and wealth divide in the processTue, 21 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Here’s What Steam-Powered Cars Were Like Before the Combustion Engine Doble brothers’ built a beautiful steam car in 1924 but mismanagement kept it from being a financial sucessMon, 20 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000150 Years Ago, a Fire in P.T. Barnum's Museum Boiled Two Whales Alive tourists and locals alike, the museum mixed freakshow performers with educational collectionsMon, 20 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000Divers Turn to Robots for Help Scouring the Pacific for Long-Lost WWII Soldiers ongoing effort to recover those missing in action teams military historians, volunteers and scientistsFri, 17 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Archeologists Have Found 2,000 Ancient Golden Spirals and They Have No Idea What They Are meaning or purpose behind the spirals is unclear, but they probably were part of a ritual Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000The Statue of Liberty Arrived in New York in 350 Pieces, she also came with an instruction manualFri, 17 Jul 2015 12:36:15 +0000Explore This Map of 13 Centuries' Worth of English Metaphors long ago did English speakers start linking chickens with fearfulness?Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000How Pluto Got Its Name Horizons carries an instrument named for Venetia Burney, the 11-year-old girl who named PlutoTue, 14 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Here’s What the First Lady Has to Do if She Wants to Redecorate few throw pillows and a touch of new paint? No way.Tue, 14 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Why Was One of Hollywood's First Female Film Directors, Dorothy Arzner, Forgotten? directed 20 feature films Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Obama Just Established Three New National Monuments Covering Over a Million Acres, fossils and natural beautyMon, 13 Jul 2015 12:26:36 +0000Ever Heard of the Bontebok? It’s an African Animal Humans Nearly Destroyed, Then Saved of this conservation success story relies on the bontebok’s inability to jumpFri, 10 Jul 2015 16:30:00 +0000In South Africa, People Painted with Cow Milk Long Before They Domesticated Cattle need to hunt wild cow relatives would have made this paint valuableThu, 09 Jul 2015 11:00:00 +0000Why Is there Wine on the UNESCO World Heritage List?, Champagne wine regions get world heritage designationsWed, 08 Jul 2015 18:30:00 +0000In 1915 a Former Harvard Professor Tried to Blow Up the U.S. Capitol by anti-war sentiment, he went on to carry out several terrorist attacks in NYC to protest U.S. involvement in WWIWed, 08 Jul 2015 11:30:00 +0000Croquet Was Once the Big Thing at Wimbledon club has croquet to thank for its famous lawnsTue, 07 Jul 2015 13:47:06 +0000In 1950, the U.S. Released a Bioweapon in San Francisco was one of hundreds of bioweapon simulations carried out in the 1950s and 1960sMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:37:28 +0000Meet the Doctor Who Convinced America to Sober Up Benjamin Rush, father of the temperance movement, signer of the Declaration of IndependenceMon, 06 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000More than 1,200 Miles of China’s Great Wall Have Been Destroyed a small fraction of the remaining wall is in good conditionFri, 03 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000