Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-history-archaeology/RSS 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. Navyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/photographs-document-some-of-the-first-black-women-serve-us-navy-180958049/Black 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 Cookbookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-monks-discovered-curry-recipe-200-year-old-cookbook-180957979/The Portuguese brought the dish to Europe when they began colonizing IndiaFri, 05 Feb 2016 18:04:19 +0000Snow White Wasn’t the First Disney Princesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/snow-white-wasnt-first-disney-princess-180958043/Dwarfs, meet PersephoneThu, 04 Feb 2016 19:33:16 +0000Mountain Dew Once Had Ties to Moonshinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mountain-dew-had-ties-moonshine-once-upon-time-180957978/The 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 DNAhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trumpet-retrieved-world-war-ii-shipwreck-could-still-hold-its-owners-dna-180958037/Conservators 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 Documentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/Read-About-Drama-Politics-Breakfast-in-These-Newly-Digitized-Colonial-Documents-180958029/An 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 Londonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discovered-roman-fresco-beneath-streets-london-180958028/This 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 Boathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archeologists-find-rare-4500-year-old-egyptian-funerary-boat-180958020/The 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 Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/short-history-groundhog-day-180958018/Punxsutawney 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 Lawhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lavishly-illustrated-medieval-playing-cards-flouted-church-and-law-180957994/Secular 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 Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/williams-sonomas-founder-getting-his-own-museum-180957982/The 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 Presidenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/44-years-ago-shirley-chisholm-became-the-first-black-woman-to-run-for-president-180957975/Chisholm 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 Labhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stalin-may-have-studied-maos-poop-secret-lab-180957980/Get 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 Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/The-First-Person-of-Native-American-Descent-Was-Elected-to-the-US-Senate-109-Years-Ago-Today-180957893/Charles 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 Peoplehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/colonial-america-depended-enslavement-indigenous-people-180957900/The role of enslaving Native Americans in early American history is often overlookedFri, 29 Jan 2016 13:30:00 +0000Cats May Have Been Domesticated Twicehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cats-may-have-been-domesticated-twice-180957960/But only one ended up as the house catFri, 29 Jan 2016 13:30:00 +0000Five Things to Know About the Iowa Caucuseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-iowa-caucuses-180957966/The Hawkeye State knows its way around political chaos Thu, 28 Jan 2016 18:20:00 +0000Construction Crews Discover Mammoth Bones Beneath an Oregon Football Stadiumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/construction-crews-discover-mammoth-bones-beneath-oregon-football-stadium-180957958/10,000-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 Memorialhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/winning-design-new-world-war-i-memorial-180957949/One 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 Nowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/doomsday-clocks-hands-will-stay-put-180957939/Experts 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 Congresshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-drawings-historic-places-were-just-honored-library-congress-180957929/Step 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 Againhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/niagara-falls-might-soon-run-dry-and-not-first-time-180957932/Repairing 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 Goalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antarctic-explorer-dies-30-miles-short-goal-180957931/Henry Worsley nearly crossed Antarctica, unaidedMon, 25 Jan 2016 20:56:29 +0000Archaeologists Finally Know What Happened at This Brutal Reform Schoolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-finally-know-what-happened-brutal-reform-school-180957911/The 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 Resorthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/a-war-prison-in-montenegro-now-becoming-luxury-resort-180957906/The 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 Racehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nellie-blys-record-breaking-trip-around-world-was-to-her-surprise-race-180957910/In 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 Laborhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-little-known-photographs-put-eerie-face-child-labor-180957896/Unpublished 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 Paintingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-the-world-like-a-paleolithic-cave-dweller-with-this-replica-lascaux-cave-paintings-180957897/Go 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 Imaginedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/fairy-tales-could-be-older-ever-imagined-180957882/Jack 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 Notebookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-hidden-figure-emerged-from-one-of-leonardo-da-vincis-notebooks-180957867/Modern imaging reveals the approximately 500-year-old sketchTue, 19 Jan 2016 17:00:00 +00001,500-Year-Old Prosthetic Foot Discovered in Austriahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1500-year-old-prosthetic-foot-discovered-austria-180957863/The 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 Eruptionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chauvet-cave-paintings-could-depict-year-old-volcanic-eruption-180957861/Mysterious 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 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/postmodern-art-captures-tiny-moment-hope-during-romanias-communist-years-180957821/Learn 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 Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-medical-pop-up-book-from-17th-century-180957803/Early 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 Emperorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-find-worlds-oldest-tea-tomb-han-dynasty-emperor-180957790/No 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 Hoodshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ku-klux-klan-didnt-always-wear-hoods-180957773/The 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 Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/queen-elizabeth-i-held-englands-first-official-lottery-nearly-450-years-180957804/The 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 Mannequinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/french-castle-may-have-inspired-sleeping-beauty-filled-creepy-mannequins-180957797/In 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 Airporthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-1500-year-old-farming-village-beneath-norwegian-airport-180957764/An 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 Suspectedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-city-was-three-times-bigger-archaeologists-suspected-180957759/Will Crete's tourist boom threaten the archaeological treasures of Knossos? Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:00:00 +0000Thank Neanderthals for Your Immune Systemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thank-neanderthals-your-immune-system-180957761/Genes 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 Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-anniversary-1811-louisiana-slave-revolt-180957760/More 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 Ballhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rise-and-fall-wrecking-ball-180957752/The 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 Mateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dinosaurs-may-have-dug-trenches-woo-mates-180957748/Ancient 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 Alaskahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remnants-of-a-whaling-disaster-were-discovered-coast-alaska-180957745/A 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 Guidelineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/travel-back-time-these-old-usda-dietary-guidelines-180957741/Wheels, 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 Onlinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-public-library-just-made-more-than-180000-items-available-online-180957725/Instant gratification for curious mindsThu, 07 Jan 2016 15:00:00 +0000This Ancient Grain May Have Helped Humans Become Farmershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/this-ancient-grain-may-have-helped-humans-become-farmers-180957546/Millet'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 Maohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinese-capitalists-built-gigantic-golden-statue-chairman-mao-180957724/Like 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 Sitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/revolution-era-ship-found-hotel-construction-site-180957713/The 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 Ballhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-we-celebrate-new-years-eve-dropping-ball-180957698/New 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 Bearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ring-new-year-dressing-up-bear-180957695/Romania's famed bear dance scares away winterThu, 31 Dec 2015 17:32:30 +0000West Coast Drought Uncovers Remnants of a Long-Sunken Oregon Townhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/west-coast-drought-uncovers-remnants-long-sunken-oregon-town-180957691/Historic 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 Mapshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-americas-history-with-these-rich-interactive-maps-180957686/“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 Peoplehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/copenhagen-has-cemetery-homeless-people-180957669/But 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 Londonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/replicas-temple-nearly-destroyed-isis-are-coming-new-york-and-london-180957668/A 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 Ruinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/Ancient-Pompeii-is-Alive-Again-as-Italian-Officials-Unveil-Six-Restored-Ruins-180957660/The “Grand Pompeii Project” helps to preserve the dwellingsTue, 29 Dec 2015 16:00:00 +0000France Is Making Thousands of Vichy-Era Documents Publichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/france-making-thousands-vichy-era-documents-public-180957661/Archives 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 Slaveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-70-years-japan-and-south-korea-settle-dispute-over-wartime-sex-slaves-180957654/Even 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 Objecthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/it-took-israeli-authorities-months-identify-strange-gold-object-180957625/Ancient artifact or back massager?Wed, 23 Dec 2015 17:30:01 +0000Archivists Are Trying to Preserve Paris’ Post-Attack Memorialshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archivists-are-trying-preserve-paris-post-attack-memorials-180957621/Future generations will know how Parisians responded to attacks in their cityWed, 23 Dec 2015 13:00:25 +0000Nicholas Cage Returned a Stolen Dino Skullhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nicholas-cage-and-case-stolen-tyrannosaurus-skull-180957614/The 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 Puddinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-figgy-pudding-180957600/The 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 Scientistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/logbooks-19th-century-whaling-ships-could-help-climate-change-scientists-180957576/A 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 Busthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sorry-treasure-hunters-legendary-nazi-gold-train-total-bust-180957573/After 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 Recipeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dine-behind-iron-curtain-recipes-soviet-era-180957552/A 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 Harborhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-time-242-years-british-tea-will-be-dumped-boston-harbor-180957549/Drink up, patriots!Tue, 15 Dec 2015 18:00:56 +0000These Old-School Internet Browsers Are Like Real-Life Time Machineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/old-school-internet-browsers-180957548/A 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/traces-san-franciscos-pre-earthquake-chinatown-uncovered-180957528/Old 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' http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/noaa-made-sequel-heart-sea-180957532/Because 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 1940shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-tour-postwar-tokyo-1940s-180957529/High-quality 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 Detailshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/restored-photos-shackletons-antarctic-wreck-reveal-new-details-180957520/Photos 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 Foundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/suleimans-magnificents-lost-tomb-might-finally-be-found-180957517/Hungarian 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 Footagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-laos-plain-jars-drone-footage-180957514/Many parts of the 2,000-year-old-site are off-limits because of Vetnam-era cluster bombsFri, 11 Dec 2015 13:00:00 +0000