Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonian feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenThu, 26 Mar 2015 14:00:41 +0000Tree Grown From 2,000-Year-Old Seed Has Reproduced 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 Space 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 Jungle of a dark Nazi history found in ArgentinaMon, 23 Mar 2015 22:20:21 +0000530 Years Later, Richard III Gets a Royal Reburial 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 Industry 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 Italy 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? 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 Reimbursement 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? 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? not. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 18:30:16 +0000Did a Recent Expedition Really Discover a “Lost City” in Honduras? 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 Imagine 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 Strip 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 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 Century 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 World 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 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” 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 Diversity 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? 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 Battleship 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 Biography’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 Honduras 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 Humanity Calhoun studied behavior during overcrowding in mice and ratsThu, 26 Feb 2015 19:15:22 +0000Germans Brace for the Re-Release of ‘Mein Kampf’ 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 Mars 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 Today 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 Ones 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 Away area’s elevated mercury levels aren’t healthy for fish, birds or humansMon, 23 Feb 2015 19:30:45 +0000Found: One Lost Sherlock Holmes Story 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 Ashtrays 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 Signing 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 research on Neanderthal teeth shows differing gender roles Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:03:13 +0000Should You Speculate in Flower Bulbs? over, real estate—there’s a new bubble in snowdrop bulbsFri, 20 Feb 2015 15:23:11 +0000Some Ancient Egyptians Had State-Sponsored Healthcare 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 Wine 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 Exist 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 Slaves 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? 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 Years 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 seduced their sweeties with "love tokens"Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:30:36 +0000Lynchings Were Even More Common in the South Than Previously Thought 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 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 Stuff“Lost” Apollo 11 artifacts are now foundMon, 09 Feb 2015 15:15:41 +0000The Library of Congress Now Has Rosa Parks’ Personal Letters 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? 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 Insulation 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 Power 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 Trials 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 Fakes 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 Sale 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 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 +0000