Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonian feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenTue, 23 Jan 2018 19:07:20 +0000Scholars Decipher One of the Last Encrypted Dead Sea Scrolls text sheds light on an unusual Jewish calendar Tue, 23 Jan 2018 19:07:20 +0000This Recently Discovered 1,700-Year-Old Mouth Harp Can Still Hold a Tune mouth harp, found in Siberia’s Altai Republic, produces music when you strike or pluck it with a fingerTue, 23 Jan 2018 16:55:37 +0000Scythian Prince's Sprawling Tomb Found in the "Siberian Valley of the Kings" summer dig unearthed what may be the oldest and largest tomb left behind by the ancient nomadic culture in southern SiberiaMon, 22 Jan 2018 22:08:03 +0000Researchers Uncover Ancient Greek Island's Complex Plumbing System show the settlement of Dhaskalio at the pilgrimage site Keros was a sophisticated urban center Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:35:28 +0000Archaeologists Could Be Close to Finding the Tomb of King Tut's Wife Tut's death, Ankhesenamun might have wed the Pharaoh Ay, and there's a possibility she's buried near him in the Valley of the MonkeysFri, 19 Jan 2018 18:05:42 +0000Thailand Drops Charges Against Historian Who Questioned the Facts Around Historic 16th-Century Duel Sivaraksa cast doubt on whether the legendary King Naresuan had really defeated an adversary while riding an elephantFri, 19 Jan 2018 16:50:34 +0000Are Rats Innocent of Spreading the Black Plague? pests like fleas and lice may be responsible for spreading the pandemic that devastated Medieval EuropeWed, 17 Jan 2018 15:56:43 +0000Possible Remains of ‘Lost’ Monastery Discovered in Scotland elusive monastery is associated with the Book of Deer, which contains the oldest-surviving examples of Scottish Gaelic writingTue, 16 Jan 2018 17:41:48 +0000Massive Data Project Will Help People Identify Enslaved Ancestors State's 'Enslaved: The People of the Historic Slave Trade' will combine available historical data on slavery into one searchable hubTue, 16 Jan 2018 16:50:39 +0000Meet Riley, the Puppy Training to Sniff Out Bugs in Boston's Museum of Fine Arts Weimaraner will inspect incoming artwork for beetles, moths and other critters that can damage museum collectionsThu, 11 Jan 2018 19:04:31 +0000York Minister's Massive Medieval Stained-Glass Window Restored to Its Former Glory spent some 92,400 hours cleaning and protecting the great east window's 311 panelsThu, 11 Jan 2018 17:27:56 +0000New Research Dispels the Myth That Ancient Cultures Had Universally Short Lifespans are key to identifying elderly remainsWed, 10 Jan 2018 20:56:31 +0000Researchers Are Trying to Figure Out How to Play This Ancient Roman Board Game in a grave in Slovakia in 2006, it is one of Europe's best-preserved ancient gaming boardsWed, 10 Jan 2018 17:43:56 +0000 Rare Scraps of Paper Unearthed in the Sludge of Famed Pirate Ship 300-year-old fragments found in Blackbeard's flagship show someone on board was likely literate and interested in sea storiesTue, 09 Jan 2018 19:40:42 +0000After More Than 90 Years, Looted Mummy Parts Repatriated to Egypt skull and two hands were illegally acquired by a tourist in 1927 and were confiscated from an antiquities dealerTue, 09 Jan 2018 16:03:00 +0000These Letters Tell the Inside Story of Mary, Queen of Scots’ Imprisonment collection of 43 letters relating to the latter years of the queen’s confinement was recently donated to the British LibraryMon, 08 Jan 2018 20:35:34 +0000250,000 Circus Items Donated to Illinois State University donation includes clown props, photos, posters and costumesMon, 08 Jan 2018 18:05:32 +0000New Website Explores the Women in Architecture Your History Books Didn't Teach You About'Pioneering Women of American Architecture' features in-depth profiles of unsung architects who made significant contributions to the fieldMon, 08 Jan 2018 16:44:40 +00002,000-Year-Old Texts Reveal the First Emperor of China’s Quest for Eternal Life Shihuang issued an executive order demanding that his subjects search for an immortality elixirFri, 29 Dec 2017 20:01:57 +0000Cache of Newly Digitized Travel Photographs Will Transport You to 1900s California William and Grace McCarthy really got around, and in nearly 3,000 photos, they captured a unique view of San Francisco, Tahoe and YosemiteFri, 29 Dec 2017 16:59:53 +0000The YMCA First Opened Gyms to Train Stronger Christians fitness was a secondary goal for the movementFri, 29 Dec 2017 15:20:00 +0000Madame de Pompadour Was Far More Than a ‘Mistress’ though she was a keen politicker and influential patron, she’s been historically overlooked Fri, 29 Dec 2017 14:01:00 +000030,000 Shards of Historic Stained Glass Found in Westminster Abbey's Attic glass and other trash was excavated from depressions in the vaulted ceiling and are being made into new windows for the AbbeyFri, 29 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0000Archaeologists Find Gate to Headquarters of Famed “Ironclad” Sixth Legion in Northern Israel on the find imply the gate could be part of a dedication or it could list the names of the legion's commanders or war heroesThu, 28 Dec 2017 21:10:43 +0000Tomb Door Engraved with Menorah Discovered in Israel artifact tells the story of the three major religious groups that have occupied Tiberias over the centuriesThu, 28 Dec 2017 19:23:05 +0000This Time-Saving Patent Paved the Way for the Modern Dishwasher Cochran just wanted to stop having broken dishesThu, 28 Dec 2017 15:50:00 +0000The True Story of Mrs. Alford's Nitroglycerin Factory Alford remains the only woman known to own a dynamite and nitroglycerin factoryThu, 28 Dec 2017 14:40:00 +0000White House Magnolia Tree Planted by Andrew Jackson Will Be Cut Down multiple attempts to save it, the tree is in bad shapeThu, 28 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Limited Number of Critically Ill Evacuated from Besieged Syrian Region people have been approved for evacuation from eastern Ghouta, but hundreds more are in desperate need of medical careWed, 27 Dec 2017 19:11:10 +0000It Didn’t Take Very Long For Anesthesia to Change Childbirth unprecedented idea of a painless delivery changed women's livesWed, 27 Dec 2017 15:10:00 +0000Three Things to Know About Radical Prohibitionist Carry A. Nation was convinced she was on a mission from GodWed, 27 Dec 2017 14:12:00 +0000Remembering Mamie ‘Peanut’ Johnson, the First Woman to Take the Mound as a Major-League Pitcher Negro Leagues trailblazer has died at 82. Barred from trying out for a segregated female league, she made her mark playing alongside menTue, 26 Dec 2017 15:47:16 +0000The Modern History of Ornithology Starts With This Inquisitive Medieval Emperor II got up to a lot in his lifetimeTue, 26 Dec 2017 14:34:00 +0000Found: The Site of One of Australia’s Oldest Pubs, archaeologists discovered the remains of a 19th-century hut once occupied by convictsFri, 22 Dec 2017 19:45:37 +0000After Mysteriously Disappearing in WWI, Australia's First Submarine Finally Found craft disappeared during in heavy haze early in the warFri, 22 Dec 2017 17:40:53 +0000Archaeologists Discover 500 Artifacts from 18th-Century British Coffeehouse the finds were cups, saucers, sugar bowls, coffee tins and an impressive collection of teapotsFri, 22 Dec 2017 17:32:50 +0000 In the 1930s, This Natural History Curator Discovered a Living Fossil–Well, Sort of Courtenay-Latimer was convinced she'd found something special in a pile of fish, but it took some time for her discovery to be recognizedFri, 22 Dec 2017 15:04:00 +0000Listen to Alan Turing's First Computer-Generated Christmas Carols 1951, the BBC played two carols from Turing's computer, which have now been recreated by New Zealand researchersFri, 22 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Memphis Removes Two Confederate Statues was dedicated to Jefferson Davis, the other to Nathan Bedford Forrest Thu, 21 Dec 2017 20:13:02 +0000President Lincoln’s Last Christmas character of American Christmas changed as a result of the Civil WarThu, 21 Dec 2017 18:02:32 +0000Zora Neale Hurston’s Study of the Last Known U.S. Slave to Be Published in 2018 Lewis was captured and transported to the U.S. in 1860. After regaining his freedom five years later, he went on to help establish African TownThu, 21 Dec 2017 17:02:29 +0000The Most Notorious Poet in 18th Century America Was An Enslaved Teenager You've Never Heard Of Wheatley was a prodigy, but her ultimate fate reflects the gross racial disparities of 1700s AmericaThu, 21 Dec 2017 15:00:00 +0000Marshmallow-Topped Hot Chocolate Will Keep You Warm This Long Solstice Night and hot chocolate each have a long history, but their union only dates back about a centuryThu, 21 Dec 2017 14:58:44 +0000How Industrial Espionage Started America's Cotton Revolution the British, Samuel Slater was ‘Slater the traitor,’ but to the Americans, he was the father of the American industrial revolutionWed, 20 Dec 2017 19:37:06 +0000 The Weird Story of the FBI and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ film supposedly had Communistic tendenciesWed, 20 Dec 2017 15:05:16 +0000‘120 Days of Sodom', Marquis de Sade's Depraved Opus, Declared a French National Treasure sought to prevent the manuscript from being sold at an upcoming auctionTue, 19 Dec 2017 20:15:22 +0000How Swimsuits Became Fashion Items Marie Reid's vision for beachwear helped shape the modern swimsuitTue, 19 Dec 2017 18:49:48 +0000Researchers Whack Fake Skulls to Learn About Neolithic Weapons the ‘Thames Beater’ used to kill? Four crushed model skulls say yesTue, 19 Dec 2017 16:52:19 +0000How Mark Twain’s Hatred of Suspenders Drove Him to Invent his given name, Samuel Clemens, Twain held several patentsTue, 19 Dec 2017 16:45:16 +0000How 1950s America Shaped ‘The Nutcracker’ took the marketing insight of a Russian choreographer to make it all happenMon, 18 Dec 2017 16:30:00 +000012 Facts About ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ and astound your loved ones with these pieces of carol triviaMon, 18 Dec 2017 15:40:27 +0000Five Things to Know About French Enlightenment Genius Émilie du Châtelet was brilliant and unconventional, but her life had a tragic endFri, 15 Dec 2017 18:18:17 +0000The FDA Used to Have People Whose Job Was to Taste Tea, that was itFri, 15 Dec 2017 14:58:39 +0000These Places Are Actually The Middle of Nowhere "poles of inaccessibility" are among the world's most remote placesFri, 15 Dec 2017 14:04:50 +0000Here's Why Pearls No Longer Cost a Fortune up with ways to lower the price of pearls—either through culturing or by out-right fakery—took centuriesThu, 14 Dec 2017 15:22:27 +0000George Washington’s Hard Death Shows the Limits of Medicine in His Time’s one of the United States’s most revered figures, but his last hours were plagued by excruciating illnessThu, 14 Dec 2017 14:53:43 +0000How One Mycologist Saved France’s Wine (Among Other Things) mixture saved many crops besides grapes from fungusWed, 13 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000In Luxor, Two Tombs Dating Back 3,500 Years Unveil Their Secrets include hundreds of statues and one of the best-preserved wall paintings found in the areaTue, 12 Dec 2017 20:05:26 +0000Charles Darwin’s Grandfather Was Famous for His Poems About Plant Sex Darwin’s poetics influenced his grandson’s vision of natureTue, 12 Dec 2017 16:03:23 +0000This 1940s Solar House Powered Innovation and Women in STEM far back as the 1940s, people were worried about running out of fuel. The sun seemed like a feasible alternativeTue, 12 Dec 2017 15:10:00 +0000The Un-Christmassy Origin of Gingerbread Houses tradition dates back to the story of Hansel and GretelTue, 12 Dec 2017 15:00:00 +0000Take a Virtual Tour of a Mysterious Pictish Cave in Scotland have created a 3D model of the fascinating, but hard-to-access Sculptor's CaveMon, 11 Dec 2017 17:49:07 +0000A Paper Bag Was the Inspiration for the First Coach Purse Cahn reached back to her childhood experiences to design the "leather shopping bag" that was the company's first purseMon, 11 Dec 2017 14:30:00 +0000Remains Tell Stories of Delaware's Earliest Enslaved uncovered in Rehoboth Bay give a first-hand account of the hard life faced by those forced to labor on a 17th-century Delaware plantationFri, 08 Dec 2017 20:55:45 +0000Message From the Past Found Inside Spanish Statue of Jesus local chaplain wanted people from the future to know what crops his region grew, what games they played and what diseases they sufferedFri, 08 Dec 2017 17:16:27 +0000How Robots Left the Lab and Started Helping Humans were the size of refrigerators--or larger--but robots were on their wayFri, 08 Dec 2017 15:42:29 +0000Is This St. Nicolas' Pelvis Bone? researchers have determined that a bone fragment purportedly from St. Nicholas comes from the same century in which he diedFri, 08 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Christine Keeler, the British Model at the Heart of a 1960s Political Scandal, Is Dead at 75 had simultaneous relationships with a Conservative politician and a Soviet attaché, prompting concerns that she had revealed British state secretsThu, 07 Dec 2017 18:56:54 +0000How Marie Tussaud Created a Wax Empire France, to Britain, to the world, Tussaud's waxworks endureThu, 07 Dec 2017 17:03:00 +0000The Riveting Story of an American Icon has a surprising historyThu, 07 Dec 2017 14:04:00 +0000Five Things to Know About the Redrawn National Monuments president is reducing two massive National Monuments by millions of acres. Read the context behind the decision and what to expect going forwardWed, 06 Dec 2017 19:59:40 +0000You've Seen The Washington Monument. Now See the Other Washington Monuments, the obelisk in Washington, D.C. is not the only monument to America's first presidentWed, 06 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Ancient Maya Heritage Comes Alive...With Some Help From Google and the British Museum explorer Alfred Maudslay’s images are now available online for all to seeTue, 05 Dec 2017 22:02:25 +0000New Video Highlights Hidden Cold War Bunker in Sweden footage shows off the site that appears to have been inhabited by Swedish intelligence workersTue, 05 Dec 2017 20:36:51 +0000Walt Disney’s First ‘Princess’ Was A Spunky Four-Year-Old silent ‘Alice Comedies’ ran from 1924 through 1927, predating MickeyTue, 05 Dec 2017 17:00:00 +0000Sweeping Mumbai Exhibition Tells the Story of India, With Help From the British Museum‘India and the World’ features 124 loans from London and 104 objects from institutions across IndiaTue, 05 Dec 2017 16:45:25 +0000Civil War Reenactments Were a Thing Even During the Civil War 'practice battles' are the root of today's Civil War reenactorsTue, 05 Dec 2017 15:10:00 +0000Why the Ku Klux Klan Flourished Under Prohibition Ku Klux Klan's resurgence in the 1920s is linked to the passage of the Volstead Act in 1920Tue, 05 Dec 2017 14:27:45 +0000More than 120 Academics and Artists Call for Removal of Controversial Monuments in New York letter singles out three statues and two commemorative markers honoring contentious historical figuresMon, 04 Dec 2017 22:03:27 +0000Pioneering Political Journalist Marianne Means Has Died at Age 83 first woman assigned to cover a president's activities on a full-time basis, Means wrote a widely syndicated column about the goings-on in WashingtonMon, 04 Dec 2017 19:37:44 +0000The Snowmobile Changed How Americans Did Winter the cold comes in, snowbound communities are tuning up their vehicles and recreationists are making speedy winter plansMon, 04 Dec 2017 17:00:00 +0000The Memorial to Crazy Horse Has Been Under Construction For Almost 70 Years you can still visit the memorial, which is located in South DakotaMon, 04 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Archaeologists in California Unearth a Large Sphinx—From the Set of ‘The Ten Commandments’ Cecil B. DeMille gave the order for the entire set be buried beneath the sand after shooting on the blockbuster concludedFri, 01 Dec 2017 17:23:00 +000011 Cauldrons Found at Iron Age Settlement in England cauldrons, most of which were buried in a circle, appear to have been used in ceremonial feastsFri, 01 Dec 2017 16:23:18 +0000A Short Picture History of Gas Stations stations have evolved a lot from their humble rootsFri, 01 Dec 2017 15:59:12 +0000Winston Churchill Imagined the Lab-Grown Hamburger he was off about the year when it would be createdFri, 01 Dec 2017 15:00:00 +0000Five Things to Know About Queen Charlotte Meghan Markle, the late 18th-century Queen Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz may have been the country's first biracial royalThu, 30 Nov 2017 20:57:20 +0000Archaeologists Discover Where Julius Caesar Landed in Britain large camp along Pegwell Bay is the likely spot where 20,000 Romans landed in 54 B.C.Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000Ancient Orca Geoglyph Rediscovered in Peru on a hillside in the Palpa desert, the 200-foot image was likely made by peoples of the Paracas and Nazca culturesWed, 29 Nov 2017 17:10:52 +0000Square Dancing is Uniquely American the culture it came from, square dance has roots in European, Native American and African practices Wed, 29 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000 Thank(?) Joseph Shivers For Spandex Spanx to space suits, spandex has shaped modern garmentsWed, 29 Nov 2017 15:27:38 +0000Newly Discovered 235-Year-Old Watercolor Shows Off General Washington’s Wartime Tent painting offers a unique glimpse into the Revolutionary WarWed, 29 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0000Mortar Found at "Jesus’ Tomb" Dates to the Constantine Era new analysis correlates with historical accounts stating that the tomb was discovered by the Romans, under the direction of emperor ConstantineTue, 28 Nov 2017 21:02:55 +0000Museum Restores North America's Longest Painting in 1848, the quarter-mile-long panorama deteriorated after it toured the country on wagons and trainsTue, 28 Nov 2017 19:54:03 +0000A Look Inside China’s Effort to Preserve Historical Mongolian Manuscripts projects are attempting to digitize the more than 200,000 volumes of Mongolian books and documents in the countryTue, 28 Nov 2017 18:09:37 +0000Three Medical Breakthroughs That Can Be Traced Back to a Tragic Nightclub Fire hundred ninety-two people died as a result of the horrifying fire, an unprecedented death toll that led physicians to make unprecedented innovationsTue, 28 Nov 2017 15:07:54 +0000Our Cloud Names Come From a 1700s Amateur Meteorologist Howard's nomenclature inspired writers as well as scientistsTue, 28 Nov 2017 14:45:00 +0000Behold the Newly Digitized 400-Year-Old Codex Quetzalecatz manuscript dates back to the late 1500s, and was recently acquired by the Library of CongressMon, 27 Nov 2017 21:35:26 +0000Friction Matches Were a Boon to Those Lighting Fires–Not So Much to Matchmakers who worked in match factories were exposed to white phosphorus, which caused a debilitating and potentially deadly conditionMon, 27 Nov 2017 16:59:47 +0000How WWII Created the Care Package, the innovation was originally trademarkedMon, 27 Nov 2017 16:03:21 +0000