Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonian feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenTue, 26 Jul 2016 19:14:00 +0000Civil Rights Legend John Lewis Won a Prestigious Comic Book Award <i>March</i>, Lewis brings his life story to a whole new generationTue, 26 Jul 2016 19:14:00 +0000The White House Was, in Fact, Built by Slaves with the Capitol and other iconic buildings in Washington, D.C.Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:19:53 +0000Archaeologists Are Trying to Digitally Preserve an Ancient Cave Before It's Demolished 5th-century cave is in the way of an airport expansionTue, 26 Jul 2016 16:36:13 +0000The World Trade Center's Only Surviving Art Is Headed Back Home, but not broken, Fritz Koenig's "Sphere" will be reinstalled near its original location at Ground Zero Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:46:39 +0000Bloody Leaves Help Solve 82-Year-Old Royal Mystery Albert's untimely death sparked a range of conspiracy theories about the causeTue, 26 Jul 2016 15:37:37 +0000An Artist Will Slice Up a Peninsula to Remember Norway's 2011 Massacre"Memory Wound" will evoke the brutal losses of the July 22 tragedyMon, 25 Jul 2016 16:22:31 +0000War Correspondents Are No Longer Spies in the Eyes of the Pentagon Law of War manual removes references that equate journalism to participation in hostilitiesFri, 22 Jul 2016 18:25:49 +0000Researcher Discovers First Written Evidence of Laws of Friction in Leonardo Da Vinci's Notebooks scientific breakthrough was dismissed as a useless doodle—until nowFri, 22 Jul 2016 18:00:56 +0000The Media Village at the Rio Olympics Is Built on a Mass Grave of Slaves Brazil looks forward to an Olympic future, it buries its pastFri, 22 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000Museum Unveils Henry VIII's Flagship <i>Mary Rose</i> sank almost 500 years ago, but following more than 30 years of restoration, the remains of the warship are open to the publicThu, 21 Jul 2016 17:52:45 +0000Cave Graffiti Shows Natives and Europeans Had Early Dialogue in the Caribbean art from both Taíno people and Spanish explorers in a cave on Mona Island shows the two had some early cultural understandingThu, 21 Jul 2016 16:47:38 +0000Lucifer Has Long Had His Hands in Politics the earliest days of Christianity, people have accused their political rivals of being in league with the DevilWed, 20 Jul 2016 19:04:51 +0000After 6,000 Years of Farming, Barley Is Still (More or Less) the Same about an ancient grainWed, 20 Jul 2016 14:09:35 +0000These Anti-Suffragette Postcards Warned Against Giving Women the Vote are always those who resist societal changeTue, 19 Jul 2016 18:15:28 +0000Watch Historic Footage of Seven Consequential (and Cringeworthy) Convention Moments tidbits of political theater past must be seen to be believedMon, 18 Jul 2016 19:33:40 +0000Jane Austen’s Music Collection Is Now Online piano like a Darcy with nearly 600 Austen-approved tunesMon, 18 Jul 2016 14:28:44 +0000Unesco Names New World Heritage Sites art, irrigation and education add to the organization's growing list of sites worthy of protectionFri, 15 Jul 2016 19:27:29 +0000Did Rembrandt Have Help With His Most Famous Paintings? new study suggests the old master also knew his opticsFri, 15 Jul 2016 10:00:00 +0000The Revolutionary Infographics of W.E.B. Du Bois And Booker T. Washington visualizations shed light on the living conditions of black people decades after the end of slaveryThu, 14 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0000After 45 Years, the FBI Has Officially Stopped Looking for D.B. Cooper mysterious skyjacker got away cleanWed, 13 Jul 2016 18:20:00 +0000Britain’s Most Famous Plundered Art Could Finally Go Home’s a new attempt to return the Parthenon marbles to GreeceWed, 13 Jul 2016 17:50:00 +0000The World’s Oldest Working Library Will Soon Open Its Doors to the Public renovations wrap up in September, the library at Morocco’s al-Qarawiyyin University will debut an exhibition section for non-scholarsWed, 13 Jul 2016 16:23:36 +0000Did Ancient Pacific Islanders Use Obsidian to Make Their Tattoos? team of Australian researchers think they may have found tools used to ink the ancientsWed, 13 Jul 2016 16:05:29 +0000New Discoveries Double the Size of Ancient Greek Shipwreck Graveyard in the Fourni archipelago found 23 ships dating between 525 B.C. and 1850Wed, 13 Jul 2016 14:10:57 +0000Before Pokémon Go, These Scavenger Hunts Were All The Rage"X" marks the spotWed, 13 Jul 2016 14:10:16 +0000Van Gogh Cut Off a Lot More Than His Earlobe self-inflicted wound was even worse than most thoughtTue, 12 Jul 2016 18:01:12 +0000Here's What Malcolm X Thought About Race in 1964 revealing postcard to Redd Foxx is up for auctionTue, 12 Jul 2016 16:00:00 +0000Why Britain’s New Prime Minister Wasn’t Elected May will become the U.K.’s newest Prime Minister tomorrowTue, 12 Jul 2016 15:25:31 +0000New Dig Shows the Philistines Weren’t Such Philistines graveyard containing over 200 sets of remains is giving researchers their first deep look into the little-known biblical tribeTue, 12 Jul 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Tragic Story of Dallas' First African-American Police Officer William McDuff was killed, it took Dallas 50 years to replace himTue, 12 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +0000 How an Anti-Lynching Banner From the 1920s and '30s Is Being Updated to Protest Modern-Day Violence artist took inspiration from the NAACP's iconic flagMon, 11 Jul 2016 17:53:21 +0000This Exhibit Captures the Magic of Being a Kid Metropolitan Museum of Art peeks into the idealized lives of kids pastMon, 11 Jul 2016 15:00:00 +0000These Beatrix Potter Illustrations Were Found Tucked Inside a Mansion’s Books children’s book author found inspiration on vacationMon, 11 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0000The KGB’s Favorite Restaurant Reopens in Moscow, the haunt of Soviet-era celebrities and spies opens after a 13-year absence and $20 million renovation Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +0000Study Shows Knights Were Pretty Spry in Their Suits of Armor studied the range of motion of fighters in suits of armor, finding they were heavy but allowed freedom of movementFri, 08 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000Family Discovers Rare Letters by Thomas Jefferson the two letters selling for over $300,000 each, Jefferson opines on the War of 1812 and his dislike for Alexander Hamilton's economicsThu, 07 Jul 2016 19:43:21 +0000Amateur Historian Digs up Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Press Pass From the Spanish Civil War celebrated author of “The Little Prince” once covered the Spanish Civil WarWed, 06 Jul 2016 19:43:41 +0000Tens of Thousands of Artifacts Have Been Found in Colonial Philadelphia Toilets excavating the site of the Museum of the American Revolution found a dozen privy pits full of pottery, printing supplies and animal bonesWed, 06 Jul 2016 14:14:02 +0000How Did the Six-Pointed Star Become Associated With Judaism? connection between the two goes back centuriesWed, 06 Jul 2016 13:43:52 +0000Transgender People Can Now Serve Openly in the U.S. Military of the last restrictions on who can serve in the military has been removedFri, 01 Jul 2016 17:51:56 +0000Researcher Unearths a Trove of New Shakespeare Documents papers show the Bard was interested in improving his social statusFri, 01 Jul 2016 17:40:53 +0000These Ancient Tombs May Have Been Both Grave and Observatory best view of the heavens could be from within the tombFri, 01 Jul 2016 17:10:00 +0000These Artifacts Show the Best—And Worst—of American Election Ephemera trash to political treasureFri, 01 Jul 2016 16:49:37 +0000Five Things to Know About Pullman Porters the oldest Pullman porters die, it's time to reflect on the proud legacy of these African-American workersThu, 30 Jun 2016 19:07:41 +000019th-Century Sunken Schooner Uncovered in Lake Ontario’s the only two-masted ship known to have sunk in the areaThu, 30 Jun 2016 16:37:05 +0000Experience the Secrets of a Threatened Taiwanese Temple 3D reconstructions make it possible to look inside Lukang LongshanThu, 30 Jun 2016 16:00:00 +0000A New Project Tells the Stories of the Women of Route 66 oral history project with the National Park Service follows women on the iconic highwayThu, 30 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Poster That Started the "Keep Calm" Craze is on Sale about the print that launched a thousand memesWed, 29 Jun 2016 17:45:00 +0000Archaeologists Found a Hand-Dug Holocaust Escape Tunnel tunnel was dug by desperate prisoners using spoonsWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:26:50 +0000You Can Help Decode Thousands of Top Secret Civil War Telegrams will transcribe and tease out the messages of of nearly 16,000 communiquesTue, 28 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000An Ancient Squash Dodges Extinction Thanks to the Efforts of Native Americans people carefully tended an ancient squash for thousands of years and now the seeds are seeing a resurgence in popularityMon, 27 Jun 2016 15:10:00 +0000President Obama Just Created the First National Monument to Gay Rights Stonewall National Monument tells the story of LGBTQ struggles in the United StatesFri, 24 Jun 2016 19:34:31 +0000A Strange Case of Dancing Mania Struck Germany Six Centuries Ago Today experts still don't agree on what caused plagues of compulsive dancing in the streetsFri, 24 Jun 2016 18:52:05 +0000What's the Difference Between England, Britain and the U.K.? up, would-be Anglophiles: Here's how never to mess up your realms, kingdoms and empires again Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:21:14 +0000Commemorate the Panama Canal's Expansion With These Photos From Its Construction Panama Canal is opening a third lane to accommodate new mega cargo ships, a feat almost—but not quite—as impressive as building the originalFri, 24 Jun 2016 16:04:48 +0000Solving a Neighborhood Mystery Reveals Forgotten African-American History abandoned lot in San Antonio turned out to be an important part of the city's storyFri, 24 Jun 2016 14:00:00 +0000A Brief History of Congressional Carpets's more to the House floor than meets the eyeThu, 23 Jun 2016 17:15:56 +0000After 52 Years, the "Mississippi Burning" Case Closes Department of Justice and State of Mississippi close the investigation of three civil rights workers killed by KKK members in 1964Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:43:36 +0000The Marines Have Confirmed That One of the Men in the Iconic Iwo Jima Photo Has Been Misidentified for 71 Years Pvt. 1st Class Harold Schultz never publicly spoke about his role during his lifeThu, 23 Jun 2016 15:12:51 +0000UN Report Shows Refugee Numbers Have Hit a Historic High than 65 million people are now displaced from their homes due to extended wars and a lack of new solutionsWed, 22 Jun 2016 19:00:07 +0000What Brexit Would Mean for U.K.'s Arts, Sciences and Other Sectors the European Union could have far ranging consequences for industries throughout the United KingdomTue, 21 Jun 2016 17:19:53 +0000This Library Has Books Checked Out by Hamilton and Burr New York Society Library was wide enough for both menMon, 20 Jun 2016 17:30:00 +0000The Contentious History of the Cherry Tomato salad topper has a long and fraught historyMon, 20 Jun 2016 16:50:55 +0000As U.S.-Cuba Relations Warm, This Long-Dead Author Benefits new conservation facility is on its way to Hemingway’s home near HavanaMon, 20 Jun 2016 13:54:45 +0000Former SS Guard Convicted on 170,000 Counts of Accessory to Murder Hanning a 94-year-old retired dairy farmer served as a guard at Auschwitz during World War IIFri, 17 Jun 2016 19:59:05 +0000LGBT People Are the Targets of More Hate Crimes Than Any Other Minority crimes against LGBT people are far from rareFri, 17 Jun 2016 18:40:41 +0000Archaeologists Uncover Massive Naval Bases of the Ancient Athenians have excavated ship sheds in the city of Piraeus that held triremes from the pivotal Battle of SalamisFri, 17 Jun 2016 14:27:13 +0000Report: Nine Out of Ten Refugee Children Travel Alone of thousands of kids are on the move—and face scary challenges as they migrateWed, 15 Jun 2016 14:33:23 +0000One Day Only: A Chance to View One Map to Rule Them All rare Tolkien-annotated map goes on display June 23Wed, 15 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Complicated History Between the Press and the Presidency a newspaper like the 'Post' is a move that wouldn't fly even in the Nixon White HouseTue, 14 Jun 2016 20:49:16 +0000Net Neutrality Was Just Upheld in the U.S. Court of Appeals’s a victory for open internet activists—but will it stick?Tue, 14 Jun 2016 16:37:39 +0000A Brief History of Children Sent Through the Mail the early days of the parcel post, some parents took advantage of the mail in unexpected waysTue, 14 Jun 2016 15:31:23 +0000Laser Scans Reveal Massive Khmer Cities Hidden in the Cambodian Jungle Lidar technology, researchers are discovering the extent of the medieval Khmer empireTue, 14 Jun 2016 14:20:00 +0000A Brief History of Bog Butter cutters in Ireland regularly find chunks of butter deep in the nation's peat bogs. What is the stuff doing there?Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:11:45 +0000Bronze Buckle Shows Ancient Trade Between Eurasia and North America objects found on Alaska's Seward Peninsula indicate that local people received trade goods from Asia almost 1,000 years agoMon, 13 Jun 2016 15:23:03 +0000Thousands of Objects Taken From Holocaust Victims Have Been Rediscovered 16,000 items were forgotten for decadesFri, 10 Jun 2016 18:03:13 +0000Help England Crowdsource Its History England is asking the public for information and photos on 21 weird and wonderful sites on its list of historic placesFri, 10 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000Archaeologists Find Gigantic Ancient Monument in Jordan the ancient city of Petra, Google Earth and drones helped uncover remnants of a platform the size of an Olympic swimming poolThu, 09 Jun 2016 19:50:14 +0000Five Things to Know About the Declaration of Sentiments seating to suffrage, here’s why the document is relevant todayWed, 08 Jun 2016 20:24:07 +0000The Marshall Islands Are Becoming Less Nuclear new study finds that the abandoned nuclear test sites aren't much more radioactive than Central Park Tue, 07 Jun 2016 17:07:23 +0000Headgear Fit for a Champion: What Muhammad Ali Left Behind boxer may be dead, but physical traces of his audacious life remainTue, 07 Jun 2016 11:30:00 +0000After a Century, an Anthropologist Picked up the Trail of the "Hobo King" hundred-year-old graffiti by “A-No.1” and others were found by the L.A. RiverMon, 06 Jun 2016 16:18:55 +0000X-Rays Reveal "Hidden Library" on the Spines of Early Books are uncovering fragments of medieval texts used in early book bindingMon, 06 Jun 2016 15:56:56 +0000A Steamy Letter From JFK Is up for Auction president had a real way with the ladies—and with an em dashFri, 03 Jun 2016 19:32:00 +0000King Tut’s Dagger Was Made From a Meteorite spectroscopy lays a decades-long metal mystery to restThu, 02 Jun 2016 18:15:59 +0000