ErasEras are periods of time defined by geologic or historic events
When young folk sensation Bob Dylan took the stage on July 25, 1965 at the Newport Folk Festival, a crowd of nearly 100,000 waited expectantly. What nobody could have anticipated, however, was that by the time the set was over, Dylan would lose the support of many fans who had come to love him whil...
July 23, 2010 | By Jess Righthand
When Moses Asch (1905-1986) founded a tiny record label called Folkways with Marian Distler (1919-1964) in 1948, he wanted to be a resource for musicians to document the "entire world of sound."And by that, he really did mean the entire world. Between the label's founding and Asch's death in 1986,...
July 03, 2010 | By Erica R. Hendry
Saturday, July 3MEXICOCuentacuentos (Story Telling)11:00 AM-12:00 PM Radio Bilingüe12:00 PM-1:00 PM Cultural Conversations1:00 PM-2:00 PM Fiesta Traditions2:00 PM-3:00 PM Culture and Natural Resources3:00 PM-4:00 PM Craft Traditions and Natural Materials4:00 PM-4:45 PM Jaranero Movement4:45 PM-5:3...
July 03, 2010 | By Brandon Springer
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
Prohibition couldn't have happened without Wheeler, who foisted temperance on a thirsty nation 90 years ago
May 2010 | By Daniel Okrent
Paleontologists are looking to the fossil record to decipher what the earth's atmosphere was like hundreds of millions of years ago
April 19, 2010 | By Brian Switek
An avowed paganist in a time of religious strife, Hypatia was also one of the first women to study math, astronomy and philosophy
March 15, 2010 | By Sarah Zielinski
A series of statues by sculptor John Gurche brings us face to face with our early ancestors
March 2010 | By Abigail Tucker
A rare cache of hominid fossils from the Kurdistan area of northern Iraq offers a window on Neanderthal culture
March 2010 | By Owen Edwards
Studies of hominid fossils, like 4.4-million-year-old "Ardi," are changing ideas about human origins
March 2010 | By Ann Gibbons
Using government documents, author Angela Walton-Raji traced her ancestors to the slaves owned by American Indians
February 17, 2010 | By Katy June-Friesen
After decades of research, American archaeologist Mark Lehner has some answers about the mysteries of the Egyptian colossus
February 2010 | By Evan Hadingham
Resolving the dispute over authorship of the ancient manuscripts could have far-reaching implications for Christianity and Judaism
January 2010 | By Andrew Lawler
Every year since 1967, more than one million people gather on the National Mall over two weeks for cultural immersion and exploration. Last year, visitors learned about the power of words in African American culture, the culture of Wales and music in Latino culture. The three programs for the 2010 ...
December 09, 2009 | By Abby Callard
A musical rite of the holiday season, the Baroque-era oratorio still awes listeners 250 years after the composer's death
December 2009 | By Jonathan Kandell
Two obscure 16th-century German scholars named the American continent and changed the way people thought about the world
December 2009 | By Toby Lester
An amateur archaeologist says he's discovered the world's oldest pyramids in the Balkans. But many experts remain dubious
December 2009 | By Colin Woodard
One of the oldest archaeological sites not on a heritage list, this Pacific state, like Easter Island, is an engineering marvel
November 03, 2009 | By Christopher Pala
As demand for its antiquities soars, the West African country is losing its most prized artifacts to illegal sellers and smugglers
November 2009 | By Joshua Hammer
Why surf the Web when you can live there?
November 2009 | By Bob Brody