Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-history-archaeology/RSS feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenTue, 03 Mar 2015 15:20:26 +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 +0000Australian Stories Capture 10,000-Year-Old Climate Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australian-stories-capture-10000-year-old-climate-history-180954030/Aboriginal 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 Foundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mystery-solved-footage-long-lost-silent-sherlock-holmes-180954027/William 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 Colosseumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/please-find-your-seats-evidence-seating-plan-discovered-colosseum-180954023/Restoration 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, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-assyrian-soldiers-were-haunted-war-too-180954022/A 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 Anxietyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/darwin-may-have-experienced-extreme-anxiety-180954017/Many 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/manners-silent-movies-180954009/Vintage slides give an etiquette lesson to obnoxious silent movie audiencesFri, 23 Jan 2015 15:58:35 +0000Turing’s Secret Notebook Is Up for Auctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/turings-secret-notebook-could-fetch-millions-auction-180953996/The 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 Epoxyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/king-tuts-beard-fell-and-was-glued-back-epoxy-180953992/Clumsy 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 Gospelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/papyrus-found-mummy-mask-may-be-oldest-known-copy-gospel-180953962/Questions 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 Clappinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-state-union-address-way-shorter-less-clapping-180953954/In 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 Doorstophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3500-year-old-dagger-or-really-great-doorstop-180953923/One 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 Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tighty-whities-first-hit-market-80-years-ago-today-180953930/Even 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 Backcountryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/time-beavers-parachuted-idahos-backcountry-180953918/Strange 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 Speecheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/read-through-early-drafts-dr-martin-luther-king-jrs-speeches-180953916/One 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 Diedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mummy-poop-solves-one-historys-mysteries-180953882/Digging 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’ Intestineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-men-tried-cure-schizophrenia-removing-their-patients-intestines-180953875/Bayard 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 Millionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-pennys-worth-over-2-million-180953872/Fifteen 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 Senatorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hattie-wyatt-caraway-first-woman-elected-us-senate-180953869/This 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 Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/early-food-safety-workers-us-tested-poisons-eating-them-180953864/They 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 Concretehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-architects-used-iron-build-cathedralsnot-just-concrete-180953849/The 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 Foreverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1887-blizzard-changed-american-frontier-forever-1-180953852/A 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/flu-has-been-making-people-sick-least-500-years-180953837/The 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 Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ellis-island-isnt-blame-your-familys-name-change-180953832/A 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 Roomhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-thomas-edisons-last-breaths-test-tube-180953819/Two famous inventors, one glass tube and a museum mysteryWed, 07 Jan 2015 16:00:18 +0000What Was Found Inside the Oldest American Time Capsulehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-was-found-inside-oldest-american-time-capsule-180953820/Historians 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 Tombhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/using-crowdsourcing-find-genghis-khans-tomb-180953816/Amateur 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 1643http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/second-divorce-colonial-american-history-happened-today-1643-180953799/The Massachusetts Bay Colony Puritans weren’t as conservative as you may have thoughtMon, 05 Jan 2015 15:55:06 +0000