Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-history-archaeology/RSS feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenTue, 23 Jan 2018 19:07:20 +0000Scholars Decipher One of the Last Encrypted Dead Sea Scrollshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scholars-decipher-one-last-un-decoded-dead-sea-scrolls-180967917/The 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 Tunehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-found-1700-year-old-mouth-harp-180967832/The 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" https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/princes-sprawling-tomb-siberian-valley-kings-180967889/A 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 Systemhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/metalworking-shops-and-drainage-pipes-found-ancient-greek-pyramid-180967898/Excavations 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 Wifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-could-close-tomb-king-tuts-wife-180967858/After 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 Duelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thailand-drops-charges-against-historian-facts-duel-180967881/Sulak 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/are-rats-innocent-spreading-black-plague-180967855/Human 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 Scotlandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/possible-remains-lost-monastery-discovered-scotland-180967838/The 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 Ancestorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-data-project-will-connect-info-slaves-and-their-descendants-180967836/Michigan 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 Artshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/boston-museum-training-puppy-sniff-out-art-chewing-insects-180967804/The 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 Gloryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/york-minsters-massive-great-east-windoow-finishes-10-year-restoration-180967797/Conservators 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 Lifespanshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-history-archaeology/identifying-elderly-remains-just-got-easier-180967789/Teeth 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 Gamehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/we-still-dont-really-know-how-play-ancient-roman-board-game-180967778/Found 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 Shiphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/discovery-shows-pirates-liked-read-about-sailing-expeditions-180967775/The 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 Egypthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mummy-parts-repatriated-egypt-90-years-after-being-looted-180967760/The 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’ Imprisonmenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-letters-tell-inside-story-mary-queen-scots-imprisonment-180967762/A 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 Universityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/250000-circus-items-donated-illinois-state-university-180967724/The 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 Abouthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-website-highlights-accomplishments-little-known-female-architects-180967700/'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 Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-year-old-texts-reveal-first-emperor-chinas-quest-eternal-life-180967671/Qin 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 Californiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-these-photos-early-20th-century-tourism-california-180967667/Travelers 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 Christianshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ymca-first-opened-gyms-train-stronger-christians-180967665/Physical fitness was a secondary goal for the movementFri, 29 Dec 2017 15:20:00 +0000Madame de Pompadour Was Far More Than a ‘Mistress’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/madame-de-pompadour-was-far-more-mistress-180967662/Even 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 Attichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/30000-shards-historic-stained-glass-found-westminster-abbeys-attic-180967663/The 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 Israelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-discoveries-unearthed-roman-legion-camp-near-armageddon-180967654/Inscriptions 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 Israelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tomb-door-engraved-menorah-discovered-israel-180967647/The 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 Dishwasherhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/time-saving-patent-paved-way-modern-dishwasher-180967656/Josephine Cochran just wanted to stop having broken dishesThu, 28 Dec 2017 15:50:00 +0000The True Story of Mrs. Alford's Nitroglycerin Factoryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/true-story-mrs-alfords-nitroglycerin-factory-180967653/Mary 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 Downhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/white-house-magnolia-tree-planted-andrew-jackson-be-cut-down-180967657/Despite 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 Regionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/limited-number-critically-ill-are-evacuated-besieged-syrian-region-180967652/29 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 Childbirthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/it-didnt-take-very-long-anesthesia-change-childbirth-180967636/The 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. Nationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-things-know-about-radical-prohibitionist-carry-nation-180967627/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 Pitcherhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mamie-peanut-johnson-first-female-pitcher-negro-leagues-has-died-82-180967642/The 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 Emperorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/modern-history-ornithology-starts-inquisitive-medieval-emperor-180967623/Frederick II got up to a lot in his lifetimeTue, 26 Dec 2017 14:34:00 +0000Found: The Site of One of Australia’s Oldest Pubshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-site-one-australias-oldest-pubs-180967538/Nearby, 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 Foundhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wreck-australias-first-submarine-discovered-papua-new-guinea-180967635/The 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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-500-artifacts-18th-century-british-coffeehouse-180967609/Among 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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1930s-curator-discovered-living-fossil-well-sort-180967616/Marjorie 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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-alan-turings-first-computer-generated-christmas-carols-180967624/In 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 Statueshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/memphis-removes-two-confederate-statues-180967622/One was dedicated to Jefferson Davis, the other to Nathan Bedford Forrest Thu, 21 Dec 2017 20:13:02 +0000President Lincoln’s Last Christmashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/president-lincolns-last-christmas-180967617/The 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 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/zora-neale-hurstons-study-last-known-us-slave-be-published-2018-180967613/Cudjo 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 Ofhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/most-notorious-poet-18th-century-america-was-enslaved-teenager-youve-never-heard-180967610/Phyllis 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 Nighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marshmallow-topped-hot-chocolate-will-keep-you-warm-long-solstice-night-180967614/Marshmallows 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 Revolutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-industrial-espionage-started-americas-cotton-revolution-180967608/To 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’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/weird-story-fbi-and-its-wonderful-life-180967587/The 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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/120-days-sodom-marquis-de-sades-depraved-opus-declared-french-national-treasure-180967594/Officials sought to prevent the manuscript from being sold at an upcoming auctionTue, 19 Dec 2017 20:15:22 +0000How Swimsuits Became Fashion Itemshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-swimsuits-became-fashion-items-180967583/Rose 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 Weaponshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-whack-fake-skulls-learn-about-neolithic-weapons-180967563/Was 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 Inventhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-mark-twains-hatred-suspenders-drove-him-invent-180967577/Under his given name, Samuel Clemens, Twain held several patentsTue, 19 Dec 2017 16:45:16 +0000How 1950s America Shaped ‘The Nutcracker’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-1950s-america-shaped-nutcracker-180967570/It 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’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/12-facts-about-12-days-christmas-180967569/Amaze 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 Châtelethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-french-enlightenment-genius-emilie-du-chatelet-180967561/She 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 Teahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fda-used-have-people-whose-job-was-taste-tea-180967545/Literally, that was itFri, 15 Dec 2017 14:58:39 +0000These Places Are Actually The Middle of Nowherehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-places-are-actually-middle-nowhere-180967544/These "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 Fortunehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pearls-cost-fortune-180967540/Coming 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 Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/george-washingtons-hard-death-shows-limits-medicine-his-time-180967531/He’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)https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-one-mycologist-saved-frances-wine-among-other-things-180967526/Bordeaux 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 Secretshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-3500-year-old-tombs-opened-egypt-180967490/They 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 Sexhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/charles-darwins-grandfather-was-famous-his-poems-about-plant-sex-180967517/Erasmus 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 STEMhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1940s-solar-house-powered-innovation-and-women-stem-180967515/As 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 Houseshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/un-christmassy-origin-gingerbread-houses-180967461/This 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 Scotlandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-create-3d-model-mysterious-bone-filled-cave-scotland-180967443/Archaeologists 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 Pursehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/paper-bag-was-inspiration-first-coach-purse-180967457/Lillian 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 Enslavedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-tell-story-delawares-earliest-slaves-180967456/Burials 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 Jesushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/message-future-found-inside-spanish-statue-jesus-180967425/A 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 Humanshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/story-first-industrial-robot-180967442/Computers 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? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bone-old-enough-be-santa-clauss-pelvis-180967444/Oxford 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 75https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/christine-keeler-british-model-heart-1960s-political-scandal-dead-75-180967437/Keeler 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 Empirehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-marie-tussaud-created-wax-empire-180967356/From France, to Britain, to the world, Tussaud's waxworks endureThu, 07 Dec 2017 17:03:00 +0000The Riveting Story of an American Icon https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-rosie-riveter-got-famous-180967415/Rosie has a surprising historyThu, 07 Dec 2017 14:04:00 +0000Five Things to Know About the Redrawn National Monumentshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-redrawn-national-monuments-180967418/The 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 Monumentshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dcs-washington-monument-just-one-many-180967411/Unsurprisingly, 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 Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-ancient-mayan-sites-through-eyes-alfred-maudslay-180967428/Victorian 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 Swedenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-hidden-cold-war-bunker-mountain-sweden-180967422/Viral 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-Oldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/walt-disneys-first-princess-was-spunky-four-year-old-1-180967392/The 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 Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mumbai-exhibit-tells-story-india-help-british-museum-180967370/‘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 Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/civil-war-reenactments-were-thing-even-during-civil-war-180967405/These 'practice battles' are the root of today's Civil War reenactorsTue, 05 Dec 2017 15:10:00 +0000Why the Ku Klux Klan Flourished Under Prohibitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-racism-flourished-under-prohibition-180967406/The 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 Yorkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-120-academics-and-artists-call-removal-controversial-monuments-new-york-180967407/The 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 83https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marianne-means-pioneering-political-journalist-has-died-83-180967404/The 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 Winterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/snowmobile-changed-how-americans-did-winter-180967383/As 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 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/memorial-crazy-horse-has-been-under-construction-almost-70-years-180967377/But 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’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-california-unearth-large-sphinx-set-ten-commandments-180967376/Director 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 Englandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/11-cauldrons-found-iron-age-settlement-england-180967365/The 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 Stationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/short-picture-history-gas-stations-180967337/Gas stations have evolved a lot from their humble rootsFri, 01 Dec 2017 15:59:12 +0000Winston Churchill Imagined the Lab-Grown Hamburgerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/winston-churchill-imagined-lab-grown-hamburger-180967349/But he was off about the year when it would be createdFri, 01 Dec 2017 15:00:00 +0000Five Things to Know About Queen Charlottehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-arts-culture/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-queen-charlotte-180967373/Before 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 Britainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-where-julius-caesar-landed-britain-180967359/A 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 Peruhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-orca-geoglyph-rediscovered-peru-180967338/Found 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 Americanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/square-dancing-uniquely-american-180967329/Like 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 Spandexhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thank-joseph-shivers-spandex-180967335/From 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 Tenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/only-known-wartime-depiction-general-washingtons-headquarters-tent-discovered-180967353/The painting offers a unique glimpse into the Revolutionary WarWed, 29 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0000Mortar Found at "Jesus’ Tomb" Dates to the Constantine Erahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mortar-found-jesus-tomb-dates-constantine-era-180967345/The 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 Paintinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-restores-longest-painting-north-america-180967348/Completed 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 Manuscriptshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/inside-chinas-effort-preserve-historical-mongolian-manuscripts-180967346/Various 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 Firehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-medical-breakthroughs-can-be-traced-back-tragic-cocoanut-grove-fire-180967323/Four 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 Meteorologisthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/our-cloud-names-come-1700s-amateur-meteorologist-180967321/Luke Howard's nomenclature inspired writers as well as scientistsTue, 28 Nov 2017 14:45:00 +0000Behold the Newly Digitized 400-Year-Old Codex Quetzalecatzhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-now-see-400-year-old-mesoamerican-map-online-180967332/The 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 Matchmakershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/friction-matches-were-boon-those-lighting-firesnot-so-much-matchmakers-180967318/Those 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 Packagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-wwi-created-care-package-180967315/Technically, the innovation was originally trademarkedMon, 27 Nov 2017 16:03:21 +0000