Zombies seem to be only growing in popularity, and I'm not talking about the biological kind
April 18, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
As Israeli archaeologists recover artifacts from the religious site, ancient history inflames modern-day political tensions
April 2011 | By Joshua Hammer
Cannons. Gold dust. Turtle bones. For archaeologists researching the notorious pirate's flagship, every clue is priceless
March 2011 | By Abigail Tucker
George Pollard Jr. was not a very lucky sea captain. In 1819, he became captain of the whaling ship Essex, out of Nantucket, Massachusetts, and headed for the Pacific Ocean. Just four days out, though, a storm struck and damaged the ship. Still, Pollard pressed on, rounding Cape Horn in January 182...
February 15, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
The Sahara would seem to be an effective barrier for migration of anything other than birds. And so many scientists have assumed that early humans made their trek out of Africa---on their way to spread over the rest of the world---through the lush Nile River valley. However, there is little evidenc...
January 03, 2011 | By Sarah Zielinski
Cyprus commemorates 50 years of nationhood and 11,000 years of civilization with an exhibition of more than 200 artifacts
January 2011 | By Megan Gambino
A German archaeologist has finally deciphered the Roman amphitheater's amazing underground labyrinth
January 2011 | By Tom Mueller
Is your office rather empty this week? Looking for something to read to fill the time? How about some great science and nature stories from Smithsonian? Here are my ten favorites from the past year:The Truth About Lions (January): Staff writer Abigail Tucker visits Craig Packer, who has been runnin...
December 28, 2010 | By Sarah Zielinski
An archaeologist insists a third giant statue lies near the cliffs where the Bamiyan Buddhas, destroyed in 2001, once stood
December 2010 | By Joshua Hammer
There are times when I wish that everyone in the world spoke the same language. I'm in awe of people who have mastered languages other than their own because I find it so difficult. While I might want English spoken everywhere I visit for my own ease, though, I'm also saddened by the loss of any of...
October 07, 2010 | By Sarah Zielinski
This past Saturday, geologist Callan Bentley, of Northern Virginia Community College, led a couple of dozen local science writers on a trip back through Washington, D.C. history. We didn't learn about Abe Lincoln or George Washington, though. This was geological history, a record of events that occ...
September 21, 2010 | By Sarah Zielinski
To better understand the ancient Roman world, one archaeologist looks at the graffiti, love notes and poetry alike, left behind by Pompeians
July 27, 2010 | By Kristin Ohlson
In 2009, nearly 6,700 volunteers labored for well over half a million hours for the Smithsonian Institution. “I feel pretty confident in saying the Smithsonian has one of the largest (if not THE largest) volunteer base of any cultural organization in the world,” Amy Lemon, coordinator of Smithsonia...
July 22, 2010 | By Brandon Springer
If I told you that "ants don't sleep," would you believe me? What if I were speaking with a foreign accent?Researchers at the University of Chicago have found that we judge non-native speakers to be less believable, though not because of any bias against foreigners. Instead, they say, it's simply b...
July 21, 2010 | By Sarah Zielinski
Fifty years ago today, Jane Goodall arrived at Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve (now Gombe National Park) in Tanzania and began documenting the lives of the chimpanzees that lived there. When Goodall ended her fieldwork to advocate for the chimps and the environment in general, other researchers too...
July 14, 2010 | By Sarah Zielinski
In modern times, rhinos are exotic creatures that inhabit faraway lands in Asia and Africa. There are only five living species; all but one is threatened with extinction. But rhinoceroses are an old lineage. They have been around for 50 million years or so, and they once roamed areas in North Ameri...
June 25, 2010 | By Sarah Zielinski
When humans first set foot on Australia’s northern shores, a bird three times the height of an emu, would have been on their menu
June 02, 2010 | By Brendan Borrell
Excavations of villas where Roman emperors escaped the office are giving archaeologists new insights into the imperial way of life
June 2010 | By Paul Bennett
It's one of the great questions of human evolution: Did Homo sapiens interbreed with Homo neanderthalensis? The two species had many similarities: they lived in caves, used similar types of tools and hunted the same prey. And they lived in the same place for long periods of time, most notably in Eu...
May 07, 2010 | By Sarah Zielinski
Bureaucrat is a dirty word to some people in modern society, so how can a bureaucracy be a good thing? Charles S. Spencer, an anthropologist at the American Museum of Natural History, argues this week in PNAS that bureaucracy was essential to the growth and expansion of the first states that formed...
April 21, 2010 | By Sarah Zielinski