Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonian feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenWed, 23 Jan 2019 20:34:45 +00003,000-Year-Old Quinoa Found in Ontario batch of charred grain is the farthest north a now-extinct version of the crop has been found Wed, 23 Jan 2019 20:34:45 +0000This New Art Museum Is Housed Inside of a Swiss Cave brainchild of Polish art collector Grażyna Kulczyk, Muzeum Susch is a gallery "with a disruptive outlook”Wed, 23 Jan 2019 19:28:39 +0000Why a Smiling Statue of Satan Is Stirring Up Controversy in Spain Segovian locals say the affable bust is “offensive for Catholics, because it constitutes the glorification of evil”Wed, 23 Jan 2019 14:43:51 +0000Oops: 4,500-Year-Old Stone Circle Turns Out to Be 1990s Replica in Scotland last November, the recumbent circle was made by a local farmer interested in the ancient monumentsTue, 22 Jan 2019 21:37:25 +0000Why Were Two Victorian Chess Pieces Hidden in a Barn? may have been intended to protect the property’s human and animal inhabitants from evil spirits Fri, 18 Jan 2019 19:21:19 +0000Only Surviving Arabic Slave Narrative Written in the United States Digitized by Library of Congress Ibn Said, a wealthy intellectual from West Africa, wrote about his capture and enslavement in AmericaFri, 18 Jan 2019 16:13:32 +0000Photographer's Innovative Pictures Captured Lesser-Seen Faces of Jim Crow South Mangum's portraits reveal his subjects' array of emotions and defy stereotypical snapshotsFri, 18 Jan 2019 14:22:32 +0000Humans and Dogs May Have Hunted Together in Prehistoric Jordan at a settlement called Shubayqa 6 show clear signs of having been digested—but were much too large to have been eaten by humansThu, 17 Jan 2019 19:45:45 +0000Alabama Judge Overturns Law That Protected Confederate Monuments city of Birmingham was sued when it erected plywood around a Confederate memorial in a downtown parkWed, 16 Jan 2019 18:23:04 +0000Restored Mughal Gardens Bloom Once More Along Agra's Riverfront of the 44 original historic gardens and structures have been rescued in an ambitious conservation projectTue, 15 Jan 2019 15:35:35 +0000Celebrate the Art of Scrapbooking With This New York Exhibition show at the Walther Collection Project Space features more than 20 volumes filled with quotidian images, scribbled notes and miscellaneous ephemeraMon, 14 Jan 2019 18:25:09 +0000Easter Island Statues May Have Marked Sources of Fresh Water spatial analysis of the island's moai and ahu seem to line up with ancient wells and coastal freshwater seepsFri, 11 Jan 2019 22:08:41 +0000Remembering "Godmother of Title IX" Bernice Sandler, often known as "Bunny," played an important role in creating the landmark legislationFri, 11 Jan 2019 21:30:39 +0000Egyptian Schoolboy's 1,800-Year-Old Lesson to Go on Display British Library took the exercise out of storage as part of an upcoming exhibition on the history of writingFri, 11 Jan 2019 19:35:46 +0000Burials Suggest Icelandic Vikings Had a Thing for Stallions some insight into their little-known funerary practices, DNA analyses confirm that sacrificial stallions were buried in Viking gravesThu, 10 Jan 2019 19:59:22 +0000Blue Pigments in Medieval Woman’s Teeth Suggest She Was a Highly Skilled Artist new study posits the woman was licking brushes covered with pigments of lapis lazuli, a rare and expensive stone used to decorate illuminated manuscriptsThu, 10 Jan 2019 19:42:10 +0000Why British Lawmakers Are Fighting Over a Bust of Oliver Cromwell started in the fall of 2017Thu, 10 Jan 2019 16:22:40 +0000What Llama-Poop-Eating Mites Tell Us About the Rise and Fall of the Inca Empire mite populations boomed at the height of the Andean civilization but dropped following the arrival of Spanish conquistadorsWed, 09 Jan 2019 20:35:33 +0000The National Inventors Hall of Fame Announces Its 2019 Inductees Lee, inventor of the automatic bread and breadcrumb makers, was posthumously honored alongside 18 other men and womenWed, 09 Jan 2019 16:53:56 +0000The Getty Digitizes More Than 6,000 Photos From the Ottoman Era images date to the 19th and 20th centuries, the waning days of the once-powerful empireTue, 08 Jan 2019 18:53:26 +0000Rochester's 150-Year-Old Historical Society Hit Hard by Lack of Funding institution, which houses such precious relics as clothing worn by Susan B. Anthony, has furloughed its staff and suspended its programming Tue, 08 Jan 2019 15:32:14 +0000London’s Feminist Library Lives successful crowdfunding campaign saved the institution from closure and is financing its move to a new spaceMon, 07 Jan 2019 19:33:56 +0000How to Enjoy a Medieval Feast at Borthwick Castle, Former Refuge of Mary, Queen of Scots special event is timed to coincide with the U.K. release of the Stuart queen's latest biopicMon, 07 Jan 2019 16:46:32 +0000Heavily Abridged ‘Slave Bible’ Removed Passages That Might Encourage Uprisings rare artifact is the focus of a new exhibition at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.Fri, 04 Jan 2019 20:00:59 +0000Archaeologists Identify Oldest Known Human Burial in Lower Central America unusually muscular young woman was buried in what is now Nicaragua nearly 6,000 years agoFri, 04 Jan 2019 17:39:17 +0000Archaeologists Find First-Known Temple of ‘Flayed Lord’ in Mexico the rituals associated with the site may not be entirely clear, identifying the ruins of a temple to the deity Xipe Tóte is an important discoveryThu, 03 Jan 2019 19:26:23 +0000Richard Overton, Nation's Oldest Living Combat Veteran, Dies at 112 beloved World War II vet didn't let old age stop him from enjoying his 12 daily cigars, whiskey-spiked coffee and butter pecan ice creamThu, 03 Jan 2019 17:42:01 +0000Was the World's Oldest Person Ever Actually Her 99-Year-Old Daughter? Calment made history when she died at the age of 122 in 1997, but a new investigation claims her daughter actually assumed her identity in 1934Wed, 02 Jan 2019 21:54:54 +0000London Archaeologists Unearth Subterranean Georgian-Era Ice Store entrance to the cavernous chamber, which was used to hold ice before the advent of modern refrigeration, was covered up following the BlitzWed, 02 Jan 2019 17:18:50 +0000Laser Scan Reveals Fate of Nazi U-Boat Sunk Near Outer Banks Coast July 15, 1942, sinking of submarine U-576 resulted in the deaths of all 45 men onboardMon, 31 Dec 2018 16:18:22 +0000Museum to Be Built at Site of Nazi-Occupied France’s First Concentration Camp 16,000 Jews were detained at Pithiviers and neighboring Beaune-la-Rolande before being sent to death campsFri, 28 Dec 2018 11:00:00 +0000Simcha Rotem, Who Fought in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Has Died at 94 helped survivors of the rebellion flee through the sewersThu, 27 Dec 2018 19:52:07 +0000Preserved Horse, Saddled, Harnessed and Ready to Flee, Found in Villa Outside Pompeii found ornamental pieces of a harness and saddle, suggesting the horse was ready to ride when the volcano blew its topThu, 27 Dec 2018 18:54:41 +0000This Bronze Age Regicide May Be World’s Oldest-Known Political Murder prince of Helmsdorf’s skeleton revealed three brutal injuries, including one that suggests he knew his killer and attempted to fend off the attackWed, 26 Dec 2018 17:44:56 +0000Tate Britain's Female-Led Exhibition Is a Hopeful Sign of What's to Come 2019 be the year more women artists get shown in art museums?Wed, 26 Dec 2018 15:15:09 +0000Germany to Compensate Child Refugees Who Escaped the Nazis on the Kindertransport to Britain program brought an estimated 10,000 Jewish children from Nazi-controlled Europe to safety in Great BritainFri, 21 Dec 2018 16:02:16 +0000Christmas Card Addressed to Bletchley Codebreakers Discovered lost holiday message features the only known photograph of operatives’ September 1938 meeting, the enigmatic “Captain Ridley’s shooting party”Wed, 19 Dec 2018 19:32:30 +0000Archaeologist Reconstructs Ruins of Tiwanaku Temple in Bolivia Using 3-D Printing Technology was like an ‘elaborate lego set,’ says UC Berkeley's Alexei VranichMon, 17 Dec 2018 18:35:50 +0000Neanderthal Genes Influence Contemporary Humans’ Skull Shape, Brain Size carrying these ancient ancestors' DNA are more likely to have slightly elongated, rather than rounded, brainsFri, 14 Dec 2018 22:11:11 +0000Kurt Vonnegut’s Unpublished World War II Scrapbook Reveals Origins of ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ features 22 letters from author to his family, photographs of the razed city of Dresden, telegrams and news clippingsFri, 14 Dec 2018 21:07:24 +0000We Finally Know What Sank the U.S.S. San Diego During World War I six visits to the ship and sophisticated modeling, historians have concluded that a German mine sunk the cruiser off the coast of New York in 1918Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:06:04 +0000VR Experience Lets You Join Nellie Bly on Her 72-Day Trip Around the World Newseum, Vive collaboration catalogues the intrepid reporter’s record-breaking journeyFri, 14 Dec 2018 17:06:03 +0000Cats Have Actually Grown Larger Over Time—Unlike Most Domesticated Species the Viking Age and modern times, felines increased in size by 16 percentThu, 13 Dec 2018 19:04:38 +0000More Than 250 Journalists Are Languishing in Prisons Around the World, Report Says Committee to Protect Journalists documents the worrying trend it characterizes as the "new normal"Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:17:21 +0000Chicken Bones May Be the Legacy of Our Time new study argues that the sheer abundance of chicken consumption, coupled with the strange skeletons of modern chickens, will leave a unique fingerprint Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:42:52 +0000The Goddess in the Margarine Tub Is Just One of 1,267 Treasures Found by the British Public in 2017 new report reveals the pieces voluntarily recorded with the U.K.'s Portable Antiquities Scheme last yearWed, 12 Dec 2018 22:16:12 +0000Pew Finds Social Media Has Surpassed Print Newspapers as Americans' Main News Source research center says 20 percent of Americans rely on sites like Facebook, Twitter for news updates, while 16 percent cite print as main news sourceTue, 11 Dec 2018 21:34:47 +0000Sprawling Museum of Black Civilizations Opens in Senegal launch comes as Senegal is requesting the repatriation of looted artworks from FranceMon, 10 Dec 2018 15:30:41 +0000Forty Years Ago, 12.6 Million Feet of History Went Up in Smoke the fire at a National Archives film vault that destroyed years worth of flammable nitrate film newsreelsFri, 07 Dec 2018 20:44:03 +0000Recently Deciphered 4,500-Year-Old Pillar Shows First Known Record of a Border Dispute marble stele, held in the British Museum's collections for 150 years, also includes the first known use of the term “no man’s land”Fri, 07 Dec 2018 18:34:34 +0000Berlin Exhibition Chronicles Evolution of Christmas Decorations From 19th Century to Today include swastika-adorned baubles from Nazi Germany, miniature bombs and warships popularized during World War I Fri, 07 Dec 2018 17:08:27 +0000Found Near the Thames: A Centuries-Old Skeleton, Still Wearing Thigh-High Boots owner of the unusual footwear likely made his living on the waterTue, 04 Dec 2018 21:38:16 +0000No, Wait, This Is the Real Ava, a Bronze Age Woman From the Scottish Highlands DNA evidence drastically changes the image of the young woman buried in Caithness 4,250 years agoTue, 04 Dec 2018 20:57:26 +0000Evidence Suggests Humans Reached "Roof of the World" 40,000 Years Ago 3,000 stone tools show human presence in Tibetan plateau 20,000 years before previously thoughtTue, 04 Dec 2018 11:00:00 +0000Listen Live: The First Public Performance of Music by Auschwitz I Men's Orchestra Since the War University of Michigan scholar unearthed the musical manuscript penned by three Polish prisoners in the archives of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State MuseumFri, 30 Nov 2018 18:35:19 +0000Relive Medieval London’s Bloody Murders With This New Interactive Death Map macabre tool features tales of revenge, thwarted love, infanticide—and a urinal that drove a man to murderFri, 30 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000Why Are Fewer People Majoring in History? the Great Recession, the number of history majors at colleges and universities has dropped by more than 30 percentThu, 29 Nov 2018 20:05:27 +0000Stone Age Humans Feasted on Caviar used advanced protein analysis to identify traces of carp roe eggs left on a 6,000-year-old clay plotThu, 29 Nov 2018 16:13:26 +0000Critically Explore 17th-Century Noblewoman's Little-Known Poems Online Pulter’s works detail chaotic political landscape of the English Civil War, scientific discoveries, theological queries, personal strugglesWed, 28 Nov 2018 20:20:10 +0000Ambitious VR Experience Restores 7,000 Roman Buildings, Monuments to Their Former Glory can take an aerial tour of the city circa 320 A.D. or stop by specific sites for in-depth explorationWed, 28 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000Well-Preserved Female Mummy Found in Elite Egyptian Necropolis a first, Egyptian authorities opened the woman’s sarcophagus in front of the international pressTue, 27 Nov 2018 21:59:24 +0000Online Portal Reveals Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s Creative Process project’s launch coincides with a blockbuster Vienna retrospective celebrating the 450th anniversary of the Flemish old master's deathTue, 27 Nov 2018 16:06:14 +0000Berlin's Famous East Side Gallery Protected from Development outdoor gallery on a former section of Berlin Wall has been threatened by a building boom in recent yearsTue, 27 Nov 2018 14:27:20 +0000