Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonian feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenWed, 25 May 2016 16:11:29 +0000Research Reveals More Complete Picture of the Devastation Wrought by the Black Death examining pottery remains in over 50 rural settlements, archaeologists now better understand the extent that the population was wiped out by the plagueWed, 25 May 2016 16:11:29 +0000An Archive of Fugitive Slave Ads Sheds New Light on Lost Histories ads posted by slave owners reveal details of life under slaveryWed, 25 May 2016 13:30:00 +0000Gan Bei! Chinese Brewed Beer 5,000 Years Ago analyzed deposits on ancient pots and jugs to find out Chinese brewers made sophisticated barley beers 1,000 years earlier than thoughtTue, 24 May 2016 20:16:14 +0000Five Fascinating Details About the Media Mogul Who May Have Written “Mary Had a Little Lamb” that Sarah Josepha Hale went, success was sure to goTue, 24 May 2016 12:30:00 +0000Auschwitz Museum Finds Victim's Jewelry in False-Bottomed Mug women’s ring made of gold and a necklace was carefully wrapped in a piece of canvasMon, 23 May 2016 19:21:05 +0000How Forensic Scientists Once Tried to "See" a Dead Person's Last Sight once believed that the dead's last sight could be resolved from their extracted eyeballsMon, 23 May 2016 16:18:42 +0000Female WWII Pilots Can Now Be Buried at Arlington National Cemetery years later, WASPs have won one last battleMon, 23 May 2016 16:01:35 +0000Geoarchaeologist Proposes There Was a "World War Zero" an alliance among the "Luwians" have helped caused the collapse of eastern Mediterranean civilizations 3,200 years ago?Fri, 20 May 2016 19:10:28 +0000An Archive of Native Americans Portraits Taken a Century Ago Spurs Further Exploration S. Curtis' photography is famous, but contemporary Native American artists go beyond stereotypes Fri, 20 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000Curators Are Preserving Graffiti Scrawled By WWI Conscientious Objectors cell walls at Richmond Castle are still covered in drawings and notesThu, 19 May 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Story of the Komagata Maru Is a Sad Mark on Canada’s Past Prime Minister Trudeau’s decision to formally apologize is so significantThu, 19 May 2016 13:20:37 +0000Amateur Divers Find Huge Cache of Bronze Artifacts in Israel National Park divers discover a Roman shipwreck full of rare bronze statues, coins and other artifacts in Caesarea National ParkWed, 18 May 2016 14:16:30 +0000British Barber Proposes Beard Tax by historical examples, Antony Kent wants men to pay a 100-pound fee to rock a bushy beardTue, 17 May 2016 18:15:31 +0000This Latin Thesaurus Has Been in Progress Since 1894 are still working on the letter "N"Tue, 17 May 2016 17:05:02 +0000Why "The Royal Oak" Is a Popular Pub Name in the U.K. story goes back to the English Civil Wars and a prince on the runFri, 13 May 2016 15:43:15 +0000Madame de Pompadour's Legacy as a Patron of Arts Is Often Overlooked new exhibit explores the creative works of one of history's most famous mistressesThu, 12 May 2016 16:38:15 +0000During the Cold War, the Air Force Dropped an Unarmed Nuke on South Carolina, none of the Gregg family of Mars Bluff were seriously hurt, not even the catThu, 12 May 2016 14:47:59 +000050,000-Year-Old Axe Shows Australians Were at The Cutting Edge of Technology polished stone chip is the earliest-known example of a ground-edge axe yetWed, 11 May 2016 17:59:20 +0000Five Things to Know About the Diamond Sutra, the World’s Oldest Dated Printed Book over 1,100 years ago, a Chinese copy of the Diamond Sutra at the British Library is one of the most intriguing documents in the worldWed, 11 May 2016 13:58:00 +0000Victoria Woodhull Ran for President Before Women Had the Right to Vote 1872 campaign platform focused on women’s rights and sexual freedomTue, 10 May 2016 14:35:52 +0000The Bison Is Now the Official Mammal of the United States big beasts are the first official mammals recognized by the federal governmentMon, 09 May 2016 20:07:42 +0000Kenya Moves to Shut Down the World's Largest Refugee Camp the weekend, Kenya announced plans to shut the Dadaab and Kakuma camps, which house hundreds of thousands of Somali refugeesMon, 09 May 2016 16:40:59 +0000These Little-Known Nuns Helped Map the Stars century later, the identities of women who mapped over 481,000 stars are finally knownFri, 06 May 2016 15:43:57 +0000Meet Mary Kies, America’s First Woman to Become a Patent Holder plus bonnets equal a historic firstThu, 05 May 2016 14:15:50 +0000Virtual Reality Film Will Simulate Anne Frank’s Hiding Place'Anne' will give audiences a sense of what it was like to be in the "Secret Annex"Wed, 04 May 2016 19:39:08 +0000A Brief History of Lee Harvey Oswald's Connection to Cuba over 50 years, conspiracy theorists have linked JFK’s assassin to Fidel Castro’s CubaWed, 04 May 2016 16:50:53 +0000Marines Are Investigating the Identity of a Flag Raiser in the Iconic Iwo Jima Photo historians have called into question the identity of a soldier in Joe Rosenthal's 1945 Pulitzer prize-winning imageTue, 03 May 2016 19:49:27 +0000Mountaineers Have Discovered the Bodies of Alex Lowe and David Bridges climbers died in an avalanche on Shishapangma in 1999Tue, 03 May 2016 18:24:59 +0000“New” 2,000-Year-Old Geoglyph Spotted in Peru’s always more to learn about the mysterious Nazca linesMon, 02 May 2016 16:01:22 +0000A "Merbot" Retrieved Artifacts From Louis XIV’s Sunken Flagship humanoid diving robot could help researchers explore fragile wrecks from the surface of the seaMon, 02 May 2016 15:09:13 +0000Spanish Ditch Diggers Unearth 1,300 Pounds of Roman Coins near Seville, Spain, found a hoard of 19 amphora filled with mint-condition coins from the third and fourth centuriesFri, 29 Apr 2016 18:34:40 +0000James Monroe’s House Was Way Bigger Than Historians Thought turns out that Highland was more "castle" than "cabin"Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:51:36 +0000The Swiss Have Made Cheese Since the Iron Age discovery pushes Swiss cheesemaking traditions back millenniaFri, 29 Apr 2016 15:56:04 +0000Over 9,000 Years Later, Kennewick Man Will Be Given a Native American Burial Native American nations will join together to bury his remainsThu, 28 Apr 2016 20:15:21 +0000Unesco: Don’t Worry, Palmyra Is Still Authentic ancient city may have been destroyed, but it is still a treasured cultural siteThu, 28 Apr 2016 17:03:16 +0000Thirty Years Later, a Gigantic Arch Is Set to Cover Chernobyl New Safe Confinement is one of history’s most ambitious engineering projects—and it comes not a moment too soonTue, 26 Apr 2016 16:16:08 +0000'Lost' Medieval Music Performed for the First Time in 1,000 Years and musicians at Cambridge reconstruct songs from 'The Consolation of Philosophy'Mon, 25 Apr 2016 17:01:59 +0000Oldest Message in a Bottle Ever Found 108-year-old message in a bottle from a British marine researcher washed up on a German beachFri, 22 Apr 2016 17:22:35 +0000Eight Awesome Maps From Stanford's New David Rumsey Map Center collection of 150,000 historic maps merges paper and digital images in new waysFri, 22 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000For the First Time in 800 Years, Rice and Beans Are Kosher for Passover Jewish Conservative movement relaxes a 13th-century ban on rice, corn and beans during PassoverThu, 21 Apr 2016 14:57:12 +0000It's Official: Harriet Tubman Will Grace the $20 Bill famed Underground Railroad Conductor will appear on the front of the $20 bill, among other changes to U.S. currencyWed, 20 Apr 2016 20:42:13 +0000Palmyra Arch Destroyed by ISIS Rises Again in Central London 3-D photos and computer guided stonecutters, researchers recreated the Triumphal Arch destroyed by the terrorist group last yearWed, 20 Apr 2016 17:34:52 +0000Why Women Bring Their 'I Voted' Stickers to Susan B. Anthony's Grave's a small tribute to a big leader in women's suffrage Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:36:31 +0000Dutch Divers Found a 17th-Century Dress Buried Under the Sea 400-year-old gown was remarkably well-preservedWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:42:26 +0000Read Almost 150 Years' Worth of Mexican-American Journalism is in the headlines at the Historic Mexican and Mexican American Press CollectionTue, 19 Apr 2016 17:50:00 +0000Massive Roman Villa Found in British Backyard of the largest and best-preserved Roman homes ever found in Britain was discovered after a family decided they wanted to play ping-pong in their barnTue, 19 Apr 2016 16:55:36 +0000Shackled Skeletons Unearthed in Greece Could Be Remains of Slaughtered Rebels dozen skeletons in shackles may be the followers of Cylon, an Olympic champion who tried to take over Athens in 632 B.C.Mon, 18 Apr 2016 18:48:32 +0000Historic Sites of the London Underground Will Soon Open for Visitors Churchill’s blitz bunker and the first underwater tunnel ever builtFri, 15 Apr 2016 16:43:31 +0000Historians Identify 35 Descendants of Leonardo da Vinci historical documents and genealogical detective work, researchers have reconstructed 15 generations of Leonardo's family treeFri, 15 Apr 2016 16:07:28 +0000The Czech Republic Wants to Change Its Name to “Czechia”Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:24:49 +0000A Construction Crew Uncovered the Grave of One of Mexico’s First Catholic Priests 16th-century grave was found at the site of an Aztec templeThu, 14 Apr 2016 19:14:05 +0000Five Fascinating Places to Visit This Obscura Day<i>Atlas Obscura</i> celebrates all things weird and wonderful worldwide this SaturdayThu, 14 Apr 2016 17:07:12 +0000Lawyers Who Made the Birthday Song Public Domain Take Aim at Civil Rights Anthem group of filmmakers want to remove the copyright from "We Shall Overcome" Thu, 14 Apr 2016 15:32:09 +0000New Timeline Zeros in on the Creation of the Chauvet Cave Paintings dates help reconstruct the cave's long historyWed, 13 Apr 2016 18:21:00 +0000The 1873 Colfax Massacre Crippled the Reconstruction Era of the worst incidents of racial violence after the Civil War set the stage for segregationWed, 13 Apr 2016 12:30:00 +0000The U.S. Finally Has a National Monument That Honors Women’s History Constitution Avenue is now one of the women’s movement’s most significant sitesTue, 12 Apr 2016 20:10:51 +0000Machine Learning May Help Determine When the Old Testament Was Written computer algorithms to analyze handwriting, researchers discover citizens of ancient Judah were much more literate than previously thoughtTue, 12 Apr 2016 17:47:29 +0000Austria May Seize the Home Where Hitler Was Born government doesn't want the apartment complex turning into a Neo-Nazi shrineTue, 12 Apr 2016 12:30:00 +0000New Project Uncovers What Americans Knew About the Holocaust can help historians learn how newspapers in the U.S. documented the persecution of European JewsMon, 11 Apr 2016 19:32:18 +0000How Booker T. Washington Became the First African-American on a U.S. Postage Stamp the time, postage stamps usually depicted white men Thu, 07 Apr 2016 17:58:29 +0000Researchers Crack Open the Mysterious Plain of Jars 80 years, archeologists get the chance to explore the Laotian plateau dotted with giant stone jarsWed, 06 Apr 2016 16:57:53 +0000The New York Slave Revolt of 1712 Was a Bloody Prelude to Decades of Hardship years ago today, a group of black slaves rose up against white colonists in New YorkWed, 06 Apr 2016 13:30:00 +0000Neolithic People Were Also Strip Miners are changing how archaeologists think about the Stone AgeTue, 05 Apr 2016 18:59:17 +0000Bullet Helps Revive Lawrence of Arabia's Reputation bullet from a Colt pistol found at the site of one of T.E. Lawrence's most famous battles helps verify the authenticity of his storiesTue, 05 Apr 2016 16:45:15 +0000Horse Poop Helps Unravel the Mystery of Hannibal’s Route Through the Alps have found a large deposit of horse manure in the Col de Traversette pass, likely left by the ancient general's armyTue, 05 Apr 2016 15:34:31 +0000What Mummy DNA Reveals About the Spread and Decline of People in the Americas have pieced together how humans spread from Alaska to Argentina and the extent of devastation from the introduction of European diseaseMon, 04 Apr 2016 18:33:23 +0000After 36 Years, Archivists Finally Found the Wright Brothers’ Airplane Patent missing patent was found safe and sound in a Kansas storage facilityMon, 04 Apr 2016 17:44:05 +0000Archaeologists Spy New Viking Settlement From Space archaeologists think they may have found a second Viking colony in the AmericasFri, 01 Apr 2016 18:56:48 +0000How the Associated Press Became Part of the Nazi Propaganda Machine research suggests a backscratch agreement that traded access for controlFri, 01 Apr 2016 15:40:35 +0000Following WWII, New Zealand’s Navy Was Rocked With Peaceful Mutinies than 20 percent of the Royal New Zealand Navy was discharged for protesting low payFri, 01 Apr 2016 14:53:37 +00003,400-Year-Old Necropolis Hints at Ancient Egyptian Life of tombs and a temple were uncovered in an ancient quarryThu, 31 Mar 2016 19:26:40 +0000German Brewery Pulls Beer Accused of Having Nazi and Anti-Immigrant Sentiments“Grenzzaun halbe" referenced the country's debate on whether or not to seal its bordersThu, 31 Mar 2016 16:45:41 +00002,500-Year-Old Monument Could Help Crack the Mysterious Etruscan Language found the inscribed slab near Florence and believe it might hold secrets behind the language of Italy's pre-Roman cultureThu, 31 Mar 2016 14:50:26 +0000How Hearst Tried to Stop ‘Citizen Kane' newspaper mogul hated the film more than previously thoughtWed, 30 Mar 2016 16:45:00 +0000Genetically Pure Bison Will Return to Montana After 100 Years in Exile week, the Blackfeet Tribe will receive 89 buffalo calves that descended from Montana stock in a Canadian National ParkTue, 29 Mar 2016 18:30:50 +0000Syrian Troops Find Palmyra's Ancient Ruins In Better Shape Than Expected “Jewel of the Desert” is out of the hands of people who would see its wonders demolishedTue, 29 Mar 2016 16:50:00 +0000This Transgender Archive’s Oldest Artifacts Tell a Story of Courage and Community Digital Transgender Archive was born out of two researchers’ frustration with finding materials by and about transgender peopleTue, 29 Mar 2016 14:40:01 +0000Tesla vs. Edison Is a Video Game That Will Literally Shock You the 'War of the Currents'Tue, 29 Mar 2016 12:30:00 +0000