Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-history-archaeology/RSS feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenWed, 17 Dec 2014 17:31:02 +0000Back When Americans Could Travel Freely to Cuba, Here's What It Looked Likehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/last-time-americans-could-travel-freely-cuba-heres-what-it-looked-180953661/The U.S. broke off diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1960Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:31:02 +0000Why the Pantheon Hasn’t Crumbledhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientific-reason-why-pantheon-hasnt-crumbled-180953627/Ancient Roman concrete has some benefits over modern equivalentsTue, 16 Dec 2014 16:43:49 +0000Found: The Wreckage of the SS City of Rio de Janeiro, the “Bay Area’s Titanic”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-wreckage-ss-city-rio-de-janeiro-bay-areas-titanic-180953604/The maritime disaster was the worst in Bay Area historyFri, 12 Dec 2014 17:57:18 +0000Typhoons Saved 13th Century Japan From Invasionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/typhoons-saved-13th-century-japan-mongol-invasion-180953573/Geologic evidence supports historic accounts of the great "Kamikaze" of 1274 and 1281Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:30:24 +0000The Science of the Red Sea's Partinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-red-seas-parting-180953553/It is physically and scientifically possible for a body of water to partMon, 08 Dec 2014 15:31:32 +0000Creep Through Albert Einstein’s Love Lettershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/creep-through-albert-einsteins-love-letters-180953545/The Digital Einstein archive offers a look into the great physicist's writingsFri, 05 Dec 2014 18:14:28 +0000Tour the Great Wide World of Mushroom Cloud Imageryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tour-great-wide-world-mushroom-cloud-imagery-180953523/Nuclear testing yielded far more, and more diverse, images of mushroom clouds than those that are commonly shownWed, 03 Dec 2014 20:00:52 +0000The Largest Manmade Block Ever Was Just Discovered in Lebanon http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/largest-manmade-block-ever-carved-was-just-discovered-lebanon-180953518/The block was never used, likely because it was too big to transport Wed, 03 Dec 2014 16:30:28 +0000Richard III’s DNA Analysis Reveals Cuckoldry in the Familyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/richard-iiis-dna-analysis-reveals-cuckoldry-family-180953514/Researchers can trace the monarch’s maternal lineage to modern relatives, but not the male sideTue, 02 Dec 2014 20:32:39 +0000Hollywood Asked for Freeway Noise Barriers Firsthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/movie-studios-and-hollywood-bowl-asked-freeway-noise-barriers-first-180953510/It only makes sense that the problem of road noise cropped up in Los AngelesTue, 02 Dec 2014 18:39:12 +0000New Amsterdam's First Laws: Drink Less, Fight Lesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/17th-century-laws-new-amsterdam-city-went-become-new-york-180953493/New Amsterdam was controlled by the Dutch from 1624 to 1664Mon, 01 Dec 2014 16:46:20 +0000Experts Have No Idea Who This Roman God Ishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/experts-have-no-idea-who-roman-god-found-turkey-180953485/A recently unearthed carving combines Roman and Mesopotamian elements but may represent a god from an even earlier timeFri, 28 Nov 2014 18:29:37 +0000This Computer From 1949 Runs on Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/computer-1949-runs-water-180953482/Computers at the time didn’t have displays; one economics student created a visualization using water-filled tanks and tubesFri, 28 Nov 2014 17:15:43 +0000A Nurse Describes the Smell of the Civil Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nurse-describes-smell-civil-war-180953478/The overpowering stink of blood and decaying flesh can surprise even trained soldiersFri, 28 Nov 2014 16:00:05 +0000Soon Enough No One Will Remember Bill Clinton http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/few-years-no-one-will-remember-bill-clinton-180953479/People mostly remember first and recent US presidents, forgetting almost all the ones that came betweenFri, 28 Nov 2014 14:39:42 +0000The 17th-Century Polish Vampire Next Doorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/17th-century-poland-vampires-werent-boogeymen-out-town-girl-or-boy-next-door-180953476/In 17th century Poland, people pegged as vampires weren't weirdo foreigners but locals who freaked their neighbors outWed, 26 Nov 2014 19:18:47 +0000Mysterious Antikythera Mechanism Is Even Older Than We Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-astronomical-calculator-even-older-we-thought-180953472/This ancient astronomical calculator is now dated to 205 B.C. and is 1,000 years more advanced than anything else found from that timeWed, 26 Nov 2014 16:41:49 +0000How NASA Censored Dirty-Mouthed Astronautshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-nasa-censored-dirty-mouthed-astronauts-180953470/NASA really didn't want astronauts swearing on airWed, 26 Nov 2014 16:26:23 +0000An Ancient Egyptian Spellbook Has Been Translatedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-egyptian-spellbook-has-been-translated-180953443/It's like the researchers have never seen a horror movieMon, 24 Nov 2014 16:40:07 +0000How One Crop Allowed Humans to Conquer the Himalaya http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-one-crop-allowed-humans-conquer-himalaya-180953427/Hardy barley enabled us to survive at altitudes that were previously beyond reach Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:48:09 +0000India Once Released 25,000 Flesh-Eating Turtles Into the Gangeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indias-government-once-released-25000-flesh-eating-turtles-ganges-river-180953384/A plan to clean up corpses failed due to lack of planning Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:12:05 +0000This Archaeology Site Is Guarded by 500 Turkish Soldiershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeology-site-guarded-500-turkish-soldiers-180953362/The excavation of a 5,000 year old city on the Turkey-Syrian border continues despite nearby presence of the Islamic State extremistsTue, 18 Nov 2014 19:22:13 +0000Europeans Thought Coffee Was Satanichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/past-coffee-has-been-called-devil-accused-making-men-impotent-and-rejected-being-inferior-beer-180953309/Until the Pope tried it out and became a fanThu, 13 Nov 2014 14:32:31 +000019th Century Concern Trolling: Chess Is “a Mere Amusement of a Very Inferior Character”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/19th-century-concern-trollingchess-mere-amusement-very-inferior-character-180953281/The writers of Scientific American had some not nice things to say about chessMon, 10 Nov 2014 16:15:39 +0000A Soldier’s Room Has Remained Virtually Untouched Since WWIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fallen-french-soldiers-bedroom-has-remained-virtually-untouched-he-died-world-war-i-180953280/The home's current owner, however, says he feels little connection to the dead soldierMon, 10 Nov 2014 15:56:20 +0000George Washington Didn’t Have Wooden Teeth—They Were Ivoryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/george-washington-didnt-have-wooden-teeth-they-were-ivory-180953273/Washington's teeth were made of a lot of things, but not woodFri, 07 Nov 2014 18:00:53 +0000The Navy SEAL Who Says He Shot Bin Laden Goes Publichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/navy-seal-who-claims-have-shot-bin-laden-named-himself-180953270/Robert O'Neill says he is the SEAL who killed bin LadenFri, 07 Nov 2014 15:21:48 +0000Guy Fawkes May Be the Root of the Word “Guys”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/guy-fawkes-may-be-root-word-guys-180953250/The word's meaning has changed a lot throughout the centuriesWed, 05 Nov 2014 16:09:09 +0000These Giant Circles in the Mideast Are One of the World's Last Mysterieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-giant-circles-mideast-are-one-worlds-last-mysteries-180953237/Archaeologists have found more than a dozen ancient circles in Turkey, Syria and Jordan—but don’t know why they were builtTue, 04 Nov 2014 16:48:56 +0000Great Britain Still Has Significant Debt From World War Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/great-britain-still-has-significant-debt-world-war-i-180953233/The U.K. is committing itself to paying off a small fraction of that debt next year by issuing new debtTue, 04 Nov 2014 14:43:32 +0000Someone Just Bought an Entire Connecticut Ghost Town for $1.2 Millionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/adorable-ghost-town-connecticut-sale-800000-180953205/Johnsonville was once a 62-acre mill villageFri, 31 Oct 2014 14:27:48 +0000Aircraft Hunters Think They’ve Found a Scrap of Amelia Earhart’s Planehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aircraft-hunters-think-theyve-found-scrap-amelia-earharts-plane-180953193/This isn't the first time a seemingly game-changing piece of evidence about Earhart's disappearance has arisen, however Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:13:14 +0000Ancient Easter Islanders Likely Sailed Back And Forth to South Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-easter-islanders-likely-sailed-back-and-forth-south-america-180953178/The 4,600-mile roundtrip couldn't have been easy—even for people who had already migrated from Polynesia in wooden outrigger canoesWed, 29 Oct 2014 13:12:31 +0000Stone Age Shelter in Peru is the Oldest, Highest Human Settlementhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stone-age-shelter-peru-oldest-highest-human-settlement-180953139/Researchers found campfires and rock art at nearly 14,700 feet, suggesting ancient people lived high just 2,000 years after they reached South AmericaFri, 24 Oct 2014 17:31:14 +0000Wreckage of a Nazi U-Boat Was Found Off the Coast of North Carolina http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wreckage-nazi-u-boat-was-found-coast-north-carolina-180953122/A freighter lost in that skirmish was also discovered in the "graveyard of the Atlantic"Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:24:24 +0000Newest King Tut Theory: He Suffered Severe Disorders From Inbreedinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newest-king-tut-theory-he-suffered-severe-disorders-due-inbreeding-180953113/Problems included a club foot that prevented him from walking unaided Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:10:05 +0000You Don’t Even Want to Know About All the Stuff Living on Your Eyeballhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-dont-even-want-know-about-all-stuff-living-your-eyeball-180953112/Even eyes can't escape the microbiomeWed, 22 Oct 2014 14:29:21 +0000Ex-Nazis Received Social Security Payments From Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ex-nazis-received-social-security-payments-america-180953091/Dozens of former Nazis are suspected of collecting millions in Social Security in return for exiting the countryMon, 20 Oct 2014 17:01:34 +0000