Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-history-archaeology/RSS feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenThu, 26 Mar 2015 14:00:41 +0000Tree Grown From 2,000-Year-Old Seed Has Reproducedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tree-grown-2000-year-old-seed-has-reproduced-180954746/Age doesn’t have much on this rare piece of greenery sprouted from a seed discovered in an ancient Israeli siteThu, 26 Mar 2015 14:00:41 +0000That Time an Astronaut Smuggled a Corned Beef Sandwich To Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/time-when-astronaut-smuggled-corned-beef-sandwich-space-180954749/The sandwich was a joke but its crumbs proved to be too much — for politicians, not for the missionWed, 25 Mar 2015 18:04:02 +0000Found: A Secret Nazi Hideaway in the Heart of an Andean Junglehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-secret-nazi-hideaway-heart-andean-jungle-180954716/Hints of a dark Nazi history found in ArgentinaMon, 23 Mar 2015 22:20:21 +0000530 Years Later, Richard III Gets a Royal Reburial http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/530-years-later-richard-iii-gets-royal-reburial-180954699/The king’s remains, which were found buried beneath a Leicester parking lot, will be reinterred this week Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:09:40 +0000American Bugs Almost Wiped Out France’s Wine Industryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/american-bugs-almost-wiped-out-frances-wine-industry-180954619/When the Great French Wine Blight hit in the mid 1800s, the culprit turned out to be a pest from the New World that would forever alter wine productionThu, 19 Mar 2015 13:30:36 +0000The Oldest Known Ancient Roman Fort Has Been Discovered in Italyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-known-ancient-roman-fort-has-been-discovered-italy-180954616/Researchers use laser scanners to identify a Roman military camp that may have initiated the settlement of the modern Italian city of TriesteWed, 18 Mar 2015 17:09:48 +0000People Ate Pork in the Middle East Until 1,000 B.C.—What Changed?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-ate-pork-middle-east-until-1000-bcwhat-changed-180954614/A new study investigates the historical factors leading up to the emergence of pork prohibitionWed, 18 Mar 2015 13:30:36 +0000How an Early 19th Century Journalist Took Lincoln to Task for Travel Reimbursementhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-early-18th-century-journalist-took-lincoln-task-travel-reimbursement-180954613/Lincoln was a congress member at the time but not the only one charging too much for travelTue, 17 Mar 2015 19:40:56 +0000Did Stonehenge Hold Up a Giant Stage?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-stonehenges-monoliths-hold-giant-stage-altar-1-180954600/A new theory poses that the prehistoric structure could have been something like an “ancient Mecca on stilts”Tue, 17 Mar 2015 15:30:41 +0000Would You Pass Thomas Edison’s Employment Test? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/would-you-pass-thomas-edisons-employment-test-180954562/Probably not. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 18:30:16 +0000Did a Recent Expedition Really Discover a “Lost City” in Honduras? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-recent-expedition-really-discover-lost-city-honduras-180954559/Controversy surrounds the recent announcement of a re-discovered ancient settlement in the jungles of Central AmericaFri, 13 Mar 2015 15:00:07 +0000Neanderthal Jewelry Is Just as Fiercely Cool as You'd Imaginehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neanderthal-jewelry-just-fiercely-cool-you-imagine-180954553/A re-examination of a cave find indicates that the early human species sported eagle talons like some kind of prehistoric punk rockersThu, 12 Mar 2015 18:00:14 +0000When Breathtaking Rock Billboards Dominated the Sunset Striphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-breathtaking-rock-billboards-dominated-sunset-strip-180954545/A new exhibition showcases the Sunset Strip's "rock 'n' roll billboards"Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:30:44 +0000Sorry, ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake...No Circus Maximus for You http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sorry-ben-hur-remakeno-circus-maximus-you-180954547/Rome blocks the remake from filming at the historic stadiumThu, 12 Mar 2015 16:00:10 +0000We Now Have a Toll of All the Whales Killed by Hunting in the Last Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/we-now-have-toll-all-whales-killed-hunting-last-century-180954537/The whaling industry killed nearly 3 million for their oil, researchers estimate. But the true total is likely higher.Thu, 12 Mar 2015 13:01:29 +0000Saving the World’s Oldest Mummies From Rot in a Warmer, Wetter Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/saving-worlds-oldest-mummies-rotting-warmer-wetter-world-180954513/Why are the ancient bodies of the Chinchorro people stored in a Chilean museum rapidly degrading into black ooze?Tue, 10 Mar 2015 14:00:14 +0000How Dick Tracy Invented the Smartwatch http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-dick-tracy-invented-smartwatch-180954506/The detective’s two-way wrist radio paved the way for the Apple Watch and other wearablesMon, 09 Mar 2015 16:03:13 +0000UN: Destroying the Ancient City of Nimrud Was a “War Crime” http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/un-destroying-ancient-city-nimrud-was-war-crime-180954489/Global outcry after ISIS razes 3,000-year-old archaeological site with bulldozersFri, 06 Mar 2015 15:12:57 +0000St. Barts Is Like the Galapagos for Linguistic Diversityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/caribbean-island-galapagos-linguistic-diversity-180954481/Beyond the glitz of tourism, St. Barts natives speak in unique varieties of FrenchThu, 05 Mar 2015 19:15:06 +0000Who's Inside the Lead Coffin Found Near Richard III?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whos-inside-lead-coffin-found-near-richard-iii-180954476/The mysterious identity of a female skeleton discovered in a coffin-within-a-coffin stumps archeologistsThu, 05 Mar 2015 16:03:28 +0000Microsoft Billionaire Finds Enormous Sunken Japanese Battleshiphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/microsoft-billionaire-finds-enormous-sunken-japanese-battleship-180954468/Paul Allen used his megayacht to locate the long-lost ship, which has been missing since World War IIWed, 04 Mar 2015 18:00:02 +0000The Real Smokey Bear Has A New Biographyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/real-smokey-bear-has-new-biography-180954444/It’s officially licensed by the Forest Service and written from Smokey’s point of viewTue, 03 Mar 2015 15:20:26 +0000Amazing Ruins of a Long Lost City Discovered in Hondurashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amazing-ruins-long-lost-city-discovered-honduras-180954447/A scientific expedition into the depths of the Honduran rain forest discovered a lost cityTue, 03 Mar 2015 14:15:31 +0000How 1960s Mouse Utopias Led to Grim Predictions for Future of Humanityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-mouse-utopias-1960s-led-grim-predictions-humans-180954423/John Calhoun studied behavior during overcrowding in mice and ratsThu, 26 Feb 2015 19:15:22 +0000Germans Brace for the Re-Release of ‘Mein Kampf’ http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germans-brace-re-release-mein-kampf-180954413/Is Hitler’s 90-year-old manifesto too dangerous to be on bookshelves? Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:45:21 +0000Impatient Scientists Used Paint-By-Numbers Technique to Create the First Image From Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/impatient-scientists-used-paint-numbers-technique-create-first-image-mars-180954406/Scientists used raw data to create their first image of the red planetWed, 25 Feb 2015 17:00:55 +0000The First African American Senator Was Sworn in 145 Years Ago Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-african-american-senator-was-sworn-145-years-ago-today-180954403/Hiram R. Revels made history when, amid the tensions of Reconstruction, he became a senator from MississippiWed, 25 Feb 2015 16:15:10 +0000Modern Cities Grow the Same Way As Ancient Oneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trend-shared-both-modern-and-ancient-cities-180954389/Scientists find that despite time and location, the productivity of settlements grows faster than their populationsMon, 23 Feb 2015 20:00:47 +0000The 18th Century Fur Trade Polluted Lake Superior's Shore With Mercury That's Never Gone Awayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historical-fur-trade-blame-high-mercury-levels-lake-superior-shore-180954388/The area’s elevated mercury levels aren’t healthy for fish, birds or humansMon, 23 Feb 2015 19:30:45 +0000Found: One Lost Sherlock Holmes Storyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-one-lost-sherlock-holmes-story-180954381/It was in the attic, my dear WatsonMon, 23 Feb 2015 15:15:08 +0000For the Kennedys' Virginia Home, Jackie Had Ideas About Every Detail, Down to the Guest Room Ashtrayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jackies-notes-while-designing-virginia-home-jfk-even-specify-guest-room-ashtrays-180954375/She drew inspiration from French magazines and colors from Colonial AmericaFri, 20 Feb 2015 20:21:09 +0000Legend Says the Ankerwycke Yew Witnessed the Magna Carta's Signinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/legend-says-ankerwycke-yew-witnessed-signing-magna-carta-180954373/The tree on the bank of the River Thames may be 2,000 years oldFri, 20 Feb 2015 18:37:43 +0000Neanderthals Divvied Up Chores by Sex http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neanderthals-divvied-chores-sex-180954369/New research on Neanderthal teeth shows differing gender roles Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:03:13 +0000Should You Speculate in Flower Bulbs? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/should-you-speculate-snowdrops-180954368/Move over, real estate—there’s a new bubble in snowdrop bulbsFri, 20 Feb 2015 15:23:11 +0000Some Ancient Egyptians Had State-Sponsored Healthcarehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-ancient-egyptians-had-state-sponsored-healthcare-180954361/Craftsmen who built royal tombs enjoyed sick days, designated physicians and rationed medicine—all paid by the stateFri, 20 Feb 2015 14:30:15 +0000Get Ready for a Taste of the Byzantine Empire’s Favorite Winehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-ready-taste-byzantine-empires-favorite-wine-180954287/Scientists hope the discovery of 1,500-year-old grape seeds may help resurrect the historically famous “Wine of the Negev”Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:21:42 +0000"Presidents’ Day" Doesn't Actually Existhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/presidents-day-myth-180954285/Despite what furniture stores and car dealerships tell you, officially, we’re really just celebrating George Washington’s birthdayMon, 16 Feb 2015 16:30:05 +0000George Washington Used Legal Loopholes to Avoid Freeing His Slaveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/george-washington-used-legal-loopholes-avoid-freeing-his-slaves-180954283/One of his slaves fled to New Hampshire to escape becoming a wedding presentMon, 16 Feb 2015 15:16:13 +0000Who’s Digging Up Hadrian’s Wall? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whos-digging-hadrians-wall-180954235/Rogue diggers with metal detectors are threatening a priceless archaeological siteThu, 12 Feb 2015 16:15:37 +0000The Group That’s Been Celebrating Lincoln’s Birth for Almost 150 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/group-s-been-celebrating-lincolns-birth-almost-150-years-180954233/The Lincoln Association of Jersey City claims it has the longest record of celebrating Lincoln’s legacy Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:16:07 +0000Nothing Says 'I Love You' Like a Bit of Pocket Change http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nothing-says-i-love-you-bit-pocket-change-180954217/Victorians seduced their sweeties with "love tokens"Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:30:36 +0000Lynchings Were Even More Common in the South Than Previously Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lynchings-were-even-more-common-south-previously-thought-180954200/A group of criminal justice reformers find 700 more lynchings in the segregated South than previously recordedTue, 10 Feb 2015 16:15:18 +0000An Early Copy of the Magna Carta Was Found Forgotten in an Old Scrapbook http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/early-copy-magna-carta-was-forgotten-old-scrapbook-180954199/An archivist in England stumbled upon a 715-year-old edition of the charter credited for initiating a new framework of governance Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:50:45 +0000Neil Armstrong Had a Secret Stash of Moon Stuffhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neil-armstrong-had-secret-stash-moon-stuff-180954182/“Lost” Apollo 11 artifacts are now foundMon, 09 Feb 2015 15:15:41 +0000The Library of Congress Now Has Rosa Parks’ Personal Lettershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-congress-now-has-rosa-parks-personal-letters-and-photos-180954181/The loan of over 10,000 documents from the Civil Rights icon’s personal life reveals her complexity and inner struggles—as well as one solid pancake recipeMon, 09 Feb 2015 14:16:59 +0000Is This Mummy Dead…Or Meditating?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mummy-deador-trance-180954170/Some Buddhists claim this well-preserved monk is in a deep meditative stateFri, 06 Feb 2015 17:00:40 +0000Notes From Alan Turing’s Code-Breaking Days Found in Roof Insulationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/notes-alan-turings-code-breaking-days-found-roof-insulation-180954158/The rare code-breaking documents include sheets used to calculate settings for the machine working on "Enigma"Thu, 05 Feb 2015 16:45:45 +0000This Fake Gulag Will Let You Pretend the Soviets Are Still in Powerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fake-gulag-will-let-you-pretend-soviets-are-still-power-180954153/Barking dogs, harsh guards and brutal imprisonment in a bunker where the USSR never fellThu, 05 Feb 2015 15:26:05 +0000Thomas Jefferson Conducted Early Smallpox Vaccine Trialshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thomas-jefferson-conducted-early-smallpox-vaccine-trials-180954146/When an English doctor discovered a safer kind of immunity, someone had to spread the word to AmericaWed, 04 Feb 2015 19:29:33 +0000Two of the Vatican’s “Ancient” Egyptian Mummies Are 19th Century Fakeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-vaticans-ancient-egyptian-mummies-are-19th-century-fakes-180954128/Specimens once thought to be the remains of children or animals are likely a product of the 1800’s “mummy mania”Tue, 03 Feb 2015 14:01:48 +0000Visit 1940s Chicago With a Film Discovered at a Garage Salehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/visit-1940s-chicago-film-discovered-garage-sale-180954123/The film, produced in around 1945, offers a thorough, fact-filled tour of the cityMon, 02 Feb 2015 19:45:49 +0000Scientists Try Out 2,300-Year-Old Brain Surgery Techniqueshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-try-out-2300-year-old-brain-surgery-techniques-180954100/Experiments conducted by a Siberian research team shed light on the neurosurgical methods evident in three Iron Age skulls Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:29:39 +0000The "Friendship 9" Who Sat At A White-Only Lunch Counter Have Been Cleared http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/friendship-9-who-sat-white-only-lunch-counter-have-been-cleared-180954091/The men who participated in a South Carolina sit-in were sentenced to 30 days hard labor in 1961Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:45:53 +0000Did Archaeologists Just Find Miguel de Cervantes, 400 Years After His Death?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-archaeologists-just-find-miguel-de-cervantes400-years-after-fact-180954057/A centuries-old crypt could hold the answer to the mystery of Cervantes’ missing remains Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:30:54 +0000Women Were Key to WWII Code-Breaking at Bletchley Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/women-were-key-code-breaking-bletchley-park-180954044/Female operators and mathematicians play a greater role in the history of computers and code-breaking than most realizeTue, 27 Jan 2015 19:02:43 +0000Mostly the Old And Ill Ate Breakfast Until the Rise of the Working Manhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mostly-old-and-ill-ate-breakfast-until-rise-working-man-180954041/Romans disdained the meal, few ate it in the Middle Ages, but most eat breakfast nowTue, 27 Jan 2015 18:06:33 +0000The 61 Tattoos of Ötzi, the 5,300-Year-Old “Iceman”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/61-tattoos-otzi-5300-year-old-iceman-180954035/Scientists have mapped the body art of one of archeology’s biggest super stars in hopes to better understand the role tattoos played in early civilizationTue, 27 Jan 2015 15:24:39 +0000