Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonian feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenFri, 30 Jan 2015 16:29:39 +0000Scientists Try Out 2,300-Year-Old Brain Surgery Techniques 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 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? 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 Park 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 Man 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” 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 +0000Australian Stories Capture 10,000-Year-Old Climate History groups from coast to coast describe walking to places that are now islands Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:10:48 +0000Mystery Solved: Footage From a Long-Lost Silent Sherlock Holmes Is Found Gillette is responsible for how we see Sherlock Holmes—but the loss of his single silent film was an unsolved mysteryMon, 26 Jan 2015 16:30:42 +0000Evidence of a Seating Plan Discovered at the Colosseum efforts reveal the red-painted numbers that would help ancient Romans find their status-dictated seatsMon, 26 Jan 2015 16:00:03 +0000Ancient Assyrian Soldiers Were Haunted by War, Too new study finds evidence of trauma experienced by soldiers returning home from combat over 3,000 years ago Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:02:00 +0000Darwin May Have Experienced Extreme Anxiety attempts have been made to diagnose Darwin’s illness, here’s a well-argued possibilityFri, 23 Jan 2015 20:14:24 +0000How to Mind Your Manners at Silent Movies slides give an etiquette lesson to obnoxious silent movie audiencesFri, 23 Jan 2015 15:58:35 +0000Turing’s Secret Notebook Is Up for Auction notebooks offer a glimpse into the mind of a codebreaker Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:30:08 +0000King Tut’s Beard Fell Off...And Was Glued Back on With Epoxy curators won’t admit who’s behind the irreparable repair Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:07:50 +0000Papyrus Found in a Mummy Mask May Be the Oldest Known Copy of a Gospel surround the reported discovery of an ancient scrap of the Gospel of MarkWed, 21 Jan 2015 14:32:46 +0000The First State of the Union Address: Way Shorter, Way Less Clapping his First Annual Message to Congress, George Washington outlined the country’s most pressing issues and kicked off a flexible annual traditionTue, 20 Jan 2015 16:34:14 +0000This 3,500-Year-Old Dagger Made a Really Great Doorstop man’s doorstop is another man’s rare, ancient artifact Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:30:34 +0000Tighty-Whities First Hit the Market 80 Years Ago Today a blizzard couldn’t dampen the excitement from the release of the first pair of men’s briefs on this day in 1935 Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:57:04 +0000Beavers Once Parachuted into Idaho’s Backcountry things can happen when you combine WWII military surplus, innovative thinking and a bunch of beavers in need of a new homeFri, 16 Jan 2015 15:02:00 +0000Read Through Early Drafts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Speeches website gives you a peek into the mind of one of America’s most powerful oratorsFri, 16 Jan 2015 14:38:44 +0000Mummy Feces Solve the Mystery of How Verona's Most Powerful Man Died deep for the secret behind a medieval warlord's mysterious deathTue, 13 Jan 2015 17:00:43 +0000Two Men Tried To Cure Schizophrenia by Removing Their Patients’ Intestines Holmes and Henry Cotton were separated by a generation, but both thought that mental illness arose from toxins produced within the bodyMon, 12 Jan 2015 19:02:00 +0000How a Single Penny Became Worth More Than $2 Million years ago, few would pay $1 million for a coin—no matter how rare. That's changing.Mon, 12 Jan 2015 18:06:41 +0000It Was Only 83 Years Ago That America Elected Its First Female Senator year, a record number of women are serving in Congress; Hattie Wyatt Caraway was the first ever in the SenateMon, 12 Jan 2015 15:09:20 +0000Early Food Safety Workers Tested Poisons by Eating Them were hailed as heroes and even had a songFri, 09 Jan 2015 19:00:37 +0000Europe's Great Gothic Cathedrals Weren't Built Just of Concrete designers and builders of Europe's great Gothic cathedrals weren't actually so innovativeFri, 09 Jan 2015 15:15:29 +0000The 1887 Blizzard That Changed the American Frontier Forever blizzard hit the western open range, causing the “Great Die Up” and transforming America’s agricultural historyFri, 09 Jan 2015 14:30:42 +0000The Flu Has Been Making People Sick for At Least 500 Years 1918 flu pandemic gets all the headlines, but the malady is thought to have first appeared in the 16th century—and possibly earlierThu, 08 Jan 2015 17:04:17 +0000Ellis Island Isn’t to Blame for Your Family’s Name Change long-standing myth obscures the truth behind the Americanization of some European namesThu, 08 Jan 2015 15:30:06 +0000A Test Tube in Michigan Holds the Air From Thomas Edison's Death Room famous inventors, one glass tube and a museum mysteryWed, 07 Jan 2015 16:00:18 +0000What Was Found Inside the Oldest American Time Capsule in Boston have just cracked open a brass box originally buried in 1795 by Paul Revere and Samuel AdamsWed, 07 Jan 2015 14:33:07 +0000Amateur Explorers Are Using High-Res Satellite Images to Search for Genghis Khan's Tomb explorers used ultra-high resolution satellite images to help search for the grave of one of the world’s most powerful rulersTue, 06 Jan 2015 17:56:15 +0000The Second Divorce in Colonial America Happened Today in 1643 Massachusetts Bay Colony Puritans weren’t as conservative as you may have thoughtMon, 05 Jan 2015 15:55:06 +0000We Used to Recycle Drugs From Patients' Urine extracted from a patient's urine could be reusedFri, 02 Jan 2015 16:00:47 +0000Nearly 40 Byzantine Shipwrecks Were Recently Unearthed in Turkey exceptionally well-preserved ships offer new insight into ship-building history Tue, 30 Dec 2014 16:37:03 +0000Satellite Photos Show Hundreds of Syrian Heritage Sites Damaged In Ongoing Fighting new satellite photos show the extent of the damageTue, 23 Dec 2014 19:32:37 +0000Pittsburgh Has a Huge Collection of Relics Anthony’s Chapel contains the largest number of relics outside of the Vatican Tue, 23 Dec 2014 14:00:38 +0000The Oldest Olive Oil Ever Found Is 8,000 Years Old analyses unveil traces of olive oil in ancient Israeli potteryFri, 19 Dec 2014 14:38:06 +0000After WWII, Scientists Conducted Deadly Tests With an Unexploded Nuclear Bomb Core Richard Feynman called the tests "tickling the tail of a sleeping dragon"Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:50:05 +0000Back When Americans Could Travel Freely to Cuba, Here's What It Looked Like U.S. broke off diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1960Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:31:02 +0000Why the Pantheon Hasn’t Crumbled 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” maritime disaster was the worst in Bay Area historyFri, 12 Dec 2014 17:57:18 +0000Typhoons Saved 13th Century Japan From Invasion 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 Parting is physically and scientifically possible for a body of water to partMon, 08 Dec 2014 15:31:32 +0000Creep Through Albert Einstein’s Love Letters 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 Imagery 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 block was never used, likely because it was too big to transport Wed, 03 Dec 2014 16:30:28 +0000