Human EnvironmentPublic and private places and buildings, including cities, monuments, parks and reservations
Excavations at a cemetery in a Thai village reveal a 4,000-year-old indigenous culture
February 2009 | By Andrew Lawler
Bo, the Obama’s First Pooch, has a legacy to live up to in Laddie Boy, the family pet of President Harding
January 22, 2009 | By Diane Tedeschi
In a state park full of amateur diamond miners, one prospector dug up a valuable stone worth thousands of dollars—or did he?
January 09, 2009 | By Brendan Borrell
If you happen to be in the vicinity of the Mall of Asia in Manila before January 11 you might want to stop in to check out the Dinos Alive! Tour. Promising over 12,000 square meters of “Dino Action!” the exhibit features lots of animatronics, movies, and dinosaur themed games. Walking With Dinosaur...
January 06, 2009 | By Brian Switek
In Iraq, the restoration of the shattered Mosque of the Golden Dome brings together Sunnis and Shiites in an unlikely alliance
January 2009 | By Joshua Hammer
For Vincent Van Gogh, fantasy and reality merged after dark in some of his most enduring paintings, as a new exhibition reminds us
January 2009 | By Paul Trachtman
When I was about five years old, my parents took me to a traveling robotic dinosaur exhibit at a local museum. I could hardly wait, but when I finally came face-to-face with the roaring beasts, I was terrified. I loved dinosaurs, but the gnashing teeth and waving horns were just too much for me; I ...
December 31, 2008 | By Brian Switek
The long-forgotten art form receives a long overdue renaissance in an exhibit featuring centuries-old woven tapestries
December 23, 2008 | By Matthew Gurewitsch
In a first-hand account of participating in an alternative reality game, one player gets caught up in the challenge
December 22, 2008 | By Anika Gupta
For as long as scientists have been studying dinosaurs, illustrators have been drawing them. Whether it's precise depictions of their bones or imaginative restorations of what dinosaurs might have been like in life, paleo-illustration has been a diverse and popular field for over 150 years.In honor...
December 05, 2008 | By Brian Switek
Lincoln's timeless speech during the Civil War endures as a national treasure
December 2008 | By Owen Edwards
In 1792, William Thornton designed America's defining monument, where a new visitor center opens in December
December 2008 | By Fergus M. Bordewich
In Istanbul, secularists and fundamentalists clash over restoring the nearly 1,500 year-old structure
December 2008 | By Fergus M. Bordewich
In 1863, a group of paleontologists discovered an abandoned mine shaft in Natural Bridge, Virginia. They were shocked to find that it led to a lost world where dinosaurs still lived, a discovery of great interest to the Union Army. The Yankees devised a plan to unleash some of the toothy beasts aga...
November 25, 2008 | By Brian Switek
The National Museum of the American Indian works with Native Tribes to bring sacred artifacts home again
November 25, 2008 | By Kenneth R. Fletcher
There are few things more nerve-wracking for paleontologists than fossil auctions. Exquisite specimens often command high prices and can be snapped up by private collectors, which keeps important fossils out of the hands of scientists. The impressive Tyrannosaurus “Sue,” for instance, was sold for ...
November 18, 2008 | By Brian Switek
Author Sharon Waxman digs into the tangle over looted artifacts between the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Turkish government
November 14, 2008 | By Sharon Waxman
Smithsonian curators probe the meanings of telltale objects
November 2008 | By Anika Gupta
After a decade’s conservation, the flag that inspired the National Anthem returns to its place of honor on the National Mall
November 2008 | By Robert M. Poole
Predating Stonehenge by 6,000 years, Turkey's stunning Gobekli Tepe upends the conventional view of the rise of civilization
November 2008 | By Andrew Curry