Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazine feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenTue, 20 Apr 2021 19:45:42 +0000Activist Group Will Return Stolen Confederate Monument—After Converting It Into a Toilet"White Lies Matter" had pledged to deliver the stone chair intact if the United Daughters of the Confederacy displayed a specific bannerWed, 07 Apr 2021 20:32:31 +0000How D.C.'s Newly Unveiled WWI Memorial Commemorates the Global Conflict space's central feature, a 60-foot-long wall of remembrance, remains unfinishedTue, 20 Apr 2021 19:45:42 +0000Why the Cape Town Fire Is a Devastating Loss for South African Cultural Heritage inferno destroyed much of the University of Cape Town's special collections, including rare books, films, photographs and recordsTue, 20 Apr 2021 18:06:26 +0000U.S. Authorities Return 523 Smuggled Pre-Hispanic Artifacts to Mexico seized the cache of illegally imported objects in 2016Tue, 20 Apr 2021 11:30:00 +0000Museums Around the World Make Renewed Push to Repatriate Benin Bronzes recent months, a number of institutions have announced plans to (eventually) return the looted artwork to NigeriaMon, 19 Apr 2021 19:53:53 +0000Site of Julius Caesar's Assassination Will Be Transformed Into Open-Air Museum's "Area Sacra," a sunken square home to the ruins of four ancient temples, doubles as a sanctuary for stray catsMon, 19 Apr 2021 17:55:48 +0000Trove of 2,000-Year-Old Bronze Mirrors Found in Ancient Chinese Cemetery well-preserved artifacts bear inscriptions such as "Eternal Joy," "Family Wealth" and "Long Memory"Mon, 19 Apr 2021 17:38:43 +0000100,000-Year-Old Fossilized Footprints Track Neanderthals' Trip to Spanish Coast of the imprints appear to have been left by a child "jumping irregularly as though dancing," researchers sayMon, 19 Apr 2021 10:30:00 +0000Pottery Shard May Be 'Missing Link' in the Alphabet's Development inscription found on a 3,500-year-old vessel suggests that a standardized script arrived in Canaan earlier than previously thoughtFri, 16 Apr 2021 18:03:50 +0000Why Did Cahokia, One of North America's Largest Pre-Hispanic Cities, Collapse? new study challenges the theory that resource exploitation led to the Mississippian metropolis' demiseFri, 16 Apr 2021 17:07:48 +0000Archaeologists Unearth Sprawling Roman Ruins Unlike Any Found in the U.K. ancient complex in Yorkshire may have been a luxury villa, a religious sanctuary or a mixture of bothThu, 15 Apr 2021 16:21:17 +0000Why Were These Ancient Adults Buried in Jars on the Island of Corsica? are unsure of the unusual funerary practice's purpose but point out that such burials were typically reserved for childrenThu, 15 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0000Were These Ancient Mesoamerican Cities Friends Before They Became Foes? found in the Maya metropolis of Tikal appear to be an outpost of the distant TeotihuacánWed, 14 Apr 2021 17:51:06 +0000Why Was This Mummified 17th-Century Bishop Buried With a Fetus? stillborn baby was likely the grandson of Peder Winstrup, whose well-preserved remains have been the subject of much studyTue, 13 Apr 2021 16:51:35 +000017th-Century Coins Found in a Fruit Grove May Solve a 300-Year-Old Pirate Mystery historian Jim Bailey was mystified by the Arabic writing on the discovered lootMon, 12 Apr 2021 16:39:04 +0000Trove of Treasures, From Gold Skull Ring to Tudor Coins, Unearthed in Wales macabre jewelry is a unique example of "memento mori" art, which aimed to remind viewers of their mortalityMon, 12 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0000Hundreds of Centuries-Old Trees Felled to Rebuild Notre-Dame's Iconic Spire authorities cut down some 1,000 historic oaks as part of the Paris cathedral's ambitious reconstruction processMon, 12 Apr 2021 10:00:00 +0000Archaeologists in Egypt Discover 3,000-Year-Old 'Lost Golden City' as one of the country's most significant finds in a century, the site dates to a time of political, religious and artistic changeFri, 09 Apr 2021 19:52:31 +0000How Prince Philip Modernized—and Fought to Preserve—the Monarchy U.K.'s longest-serving royal consort died Friday at age 99Fri, 09 Apr 2021 18:16:43 +0000Vandals Deface 'Irreplaceable' Native American Rock Carvings in Georgia unknown criminals painted the 1,000-year-old petroglyphs in bright colors and scratched their surfaces beyond recognitionThu, 08 Apr 2021 19:50:42 +0000Virtual Tour Restores Baalbek's Stunning Roman Temples to Their Former Glory free online experience allows users to toggle between views of the ancient Lebanese city today and as it appeared in 215 A.D.Thu, 08 Apr 2021 16:24:32 +0000How Los Angeles Plans to Preserve the City's Black Cultural Heritage 3 percent of L.A.'s historic landmarks commemorate African American history. A new three-year project hopes to change thatThu, 08 Apr 2021 10:30:00 +0000Newly Discovered Gainsborough Portrait Reveals Likeness of Overlooked Composer acclaimed British artist's painting of Czech musician Antonín Kammel may be worth upward of $1.3 millionWed, 07 Apr 2021 17:46:38 +0000Is This 4,000-Year-Old Bronze Age Slab the Oldest Known Map in Europe? research suggests the stone, first discovered in 1900, may have represented the territory of an ancient kingWed, 07 Apr 2021 16:32:34 +0000Why Egypt Paraded 22 Ancient Pharaohs Through the Streets of Cairo organized the lavish, made-for-TV event in hopes of revitalizing the country's tourism industryTue, 06 Apr 2021 19:06:33 +0000Hear a 16th-Century Concert Recreated by a 'Musical Time Machine' modeled the acoustics of Linlithgow Palace in Scotland to transport listeners back to a 1512 performanceMon, 05 Apr 2021 17:25:36 +0000Crystals Found in Kalahari Desert Challenge Assumptions About Where in Africa Human Culture Arose 105,000-year-old items may have held religious meaningFri, 02 Apr 2021 17:44:03 +0000Mississippi Returns Hundreds of Native Americans' Remains to Chickasaw Nation after their bones were placed in storage, the state has repatriated the remains of 403 Indigenous ancestorsFri, 02 Apr 2021 10:30:00 +0000Medieval Jews in England Kept Kosher Laws, New Research Suggests 800-year-old trash dump in Oxford reveals adherence to Jewish dietary codesThu, 01 Apr 2021 16:03:30 +0000Mummified Parrots Found in Chile Suggest Vast Pre-Hispanic Trade Network in South America likely kept the birds as exotic pets whose feathers were prized for their use in headdresses and hatsWed, 31 Mar 2021 16:06:23 +0000How a New Digital Archive Preserves—and Protects—Indigenous Folk Medicine's database features hundreds of thousands of entries detailing traditional healing practicesWed, 31 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000These Iron Age Swedish Warriors Were Laid to Rest on Luxurious Feather Bedding say the various types of bird feathers used may hold symbolic significanceTue, 30 Mar 2021 17:58:03 +00003,200-Year-Old Mural of Knife-Wielding Spider God Found in Peru farmers accidentally destroyed 60 percent of the shrine complex that houses the ancient Cupisnique paintingMon, 29 Mar 2021 16:16:34 +0000Is This the Face of King Tut's Father, Pharaoh Akhenaten? 3-D reconstruction visualizes what KV55, a mummy long thought to be the ancient Egyptian ruler, may have looked likeMon, 29 Mar 2021 15:27:15 +0000Burrowing Bunnies in Wales Unearth Trove of Prehistoric Artifacts on Skokholm Island discovered Stone Age tools and fragments of a Bronze Age cremation urnFri, 26 Mar 2021 15:34:47 +0000Graves of Enslaved People Discovered on Founding Father's Delaware Plantation signee of the U.S. Constitution, John Dickinson enslaved as many as 59 men, women and children at one timeFri, 26 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000How a Sweeping Survey in NYC Redefines What It Means to Make 'Latinx' Art new triennial at El Museo del Barrio features a wide range of works by 42 artists and collectivesFri, 26 Mar 2021 10:30:00 +0000How Modern Researchers Are Trying to Recreate a Long-Lost Fabric muslin was immensely popular for millennia, but the secrets of its creation faded from memory by the early 20th centuryThu, 25 Mar 2021 19:19:39 +0000Pioneering Victorian Suffragist's Unseen Watercolor Paintings Are Up for Sale landscape scenes by 19th-century British social reformer Josephine Butler are headed to the auction blockThu, 25 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000This Wooden Sculpture Is Twice as Old as Stonehenge and the Pyramids findings about the 12,500-year-old Shigir Idol have major implications for the study of prehistoryWed, 24 Mar 2021 15:09:30 +0000Researchers Discover Ruins of Maryland's Earliest Colonial Site, a 386-Year-Old Fort team used ground-penetrating radar to identify the outlines of a defensive outpost at the St. Mary's settlementWed, 24 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000Was This Ornament of a Knight Emerging From a Snail Shell a 'Medieval Meme'? unusual image "may be a satirical reference to cowardly or non-chivalric behavior of opponents," says curator Beverly NenkTue, 23 Mar 2021 17:48:58 +00003,000-Year-Old Gold Mask, Silk Linked to Enigmatic Civilization Found in China state of Shu left behind few written records. A trove of 500 newly excavated objects may offer insights on the mysterious kingdomTue, 23 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000New Jersey Estate Owned by Napoleon's Older Brother Set to Become State Park 1815, exiled Spanish king Joseph Bonaparte fled to the U.S., where he lived in luxury on a sprawling, 60-acre estateTue, 23 Mar 2021 10:30:00 +0000Rare Bronze Bull Sacrificed to Zeus Found at Site of the Ancient Olympic Games 3,000-year-old figurine was probably a votive offering made at the Greek god's altar in OlympiaMon, 22 Mar 2021 15:40:55 +0000The Little-Known Story of Violet Gibson, the Irish Woman Who Shot Mussolini free radio documentary tells the tale of the long-overlooked individual who nearly killed the Italian dictator in 1926Mon, 22 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000The Newseum's Iconic First Amendment Tablet Is Headed to Philadelphia in at 50 tons, the marble slab previously adorned the facade of the now-shuttered journalism museum in D.C.Fri, 19 Mar 2021 16:55:47 +0000New Project Reimagines the U.S.' First Antislavery Newspaper, the 'Emancipator' joint initiative from Boston University and the "Boston Globe" revamps a 19th-century abolitionist publication for 21st-century research about raceFri, 19 Mar 2021 10:30:00 +0000Rare Ancient Tool Found in Australia May Have Been Made With Kangaroo Bone rare find is helping archaeologists piece together Indigenous technologies used thousands of years agoThu, 18 Mar 2021 17:07:32 +0000Fire at 16th-Century Mexican Church Prompts Debate Over How to Protect Cultural Heritage argue that a lack of preservation funding contributed to the devastating lossThu, 18 Mar 2021 10:30:00 +0000Archaeologists Uncover a 1,300-Year-Old Skeleton of a Maya Diplomat remains revealed that the government official was wealthy as an adult, but he had a difficult childhood Wed, 17 Mar 2021 20:26:03 +0000Scientists May Have Discovered How the Ancient Greeks' 'First Computer' Tracked the Cosmos proposed a new theoretical model for the Antikythera Mechanism, a 2,000-year-old device used to chart the universeWed, 17 Mar 2021 14:10:44 +0000Analysis of 6,200-Year-Old Grave Raises New Questions About Neolithic Massacre in Croatia extracted DNA from 38 victims of a fifth-millennium B.C. mass killingWed, 17 Mar 2021 10:30:00 +0000Dozens of Dead Sea Scroll Fragments Found in Israeli Cave pieces of parchments are the first of their kind discovered during archaeological excavations in 60 yearsTue, 16 Mar 2021 18:24:14 +0000Archaeologists Discover Traces of Early Christian Community in Egypt between the fourth and eighth centuries A.D., the vast site housed multiple churches, monastic cells and other structuresTue, 16 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000A New Sculpture in Brooklyn Honors Ruth Bader Ginsburg statue, unveiled to coincide with Women's History Month, is dedicated to the late Supreme Court justiceTue, 16 Mar 2021 10:30:00 +0000Ruins of Medieval Palace Found Beneath English Retiree's Garden in the 13th century, the castle in Somerset County served as a residence for local bishopsMon, 15 Mar 2021 16:22:15 +00003-D Reconstructions Reveal the Faces of Two Medieval Dukes used a variety of techniques to visualize what Czech rulers Spytihněv I and Vratislav I might have looked likeMon, 15 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000This 17th-Century Cookbook Contained a Vicious Attack on Oliver Cromwell's Wife Cromwell Museum has republished a text first issued by the English Lord Protector's enemies as propagandaFri, 12 Mar 2021 18:10:58 +0000World War II Couple's Love Letters Found Beneath British Hotel's Floorboards discovered a trove of wartime artifacts, including chocolate wrappers, cigarette packets and correspondenceFri, 12 Mar 2021 15:16:53 +0000Silver Diadem Found in Spain May Point to Bronze Age Woman's Political Power say the crown—and the trove of ornate objects buried alongside it—could have belonged to a female ruler of La ArgarFri, 12 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000Eleven-Year-Old Boy Discovers Ancient Fertility Amulet in Israeli Desert 2,500-year-old ceramic figurine was likely created to provide protection and promote conceptionThu, 11 Mar 2021 20:54:15 +0000A Medieval Woman Wore This 'Birthing Girdle' to Protect Herself During Labor found traces of bodily fluids, as well as milk and other materials associated with pregnancy, on the ten-foot long parchmentThu, 11 Mar 2021 17:31:45 +0000Hazelnut Shell Sheds Light on Life in Scotland More Than 10,000 Years Ago archaeologists discovered the shell, along with evidence from an Iron Age structure, in 2019Wed, 10 Mar 2021 17:53:21 +0000Was This Helmet Worn by an Ancient Greek Soldier During the Persian Wars? in Haifa Bay, Israel, in 2007, the bronze headgear boasts an intricate, peacock-like patternTue, 09 Mar 2021 20:58:13 +0000Explore 200 Years of Tattoo History With This New Book tattoo artist Henk Schiffmacher shows off designs from around the world in images from his private collectionTue, 09 Mar 2021 17:42:44 +0000Researchers Uncover Remains of Polish Nuns Murdered by Soviets During WWII the Red Army pushed the Nazis out of Poland in 1945, soldiers engaged in brutal acts of repression against civiliansTue, 09 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000Storms Reveal Two Historic Shipwrecks on England's Eastern Coast have only gotten a “tantalizing glimpse” of the vessels, which are currently inaccessible due to Covid-19 restrictionsMon, 08 Mar 2021 17:44:39 +0000Contractors Discover Forgotten Medieval Tunnel Beneath Welsh Garden passageway runs along a brook near Tintern Abbey, a 12th-century monastery on the border between Wales and EnglandMon, 08 Mar 2021 12:15:00 +0000Authorities Recover Intricate Renaissance Armor Stolen From the Louvre in 1983 appraiser's quick thinking helped recover the treasures, which vanished from the Paris museum 38 years agoFri, 05 Mar 2021 19:26:33 +0000Is This 2,000-Year-Old Egyptian Burial Site the World's Oldest Pet Cemetery? show how humans treated cats, dogs and monkeys in first- and second-century EgyptFri, 05 Mar 2021 18:16:16 +0000Oldest Known Mummification Manual Reveals How Egyptians Embalmed the Face to the find, researchers had only identified two ancient texts detailing the enigmatic preservation processFri, 05 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000An Unexploded WWII Bomb Was (Safely) Detonated in England construction work near the University of Exeter unearthed the 2,204-pound device in late FebruaryFri, 05 Mar 2021 11:30:00 +0000Archaeologists Solve Mystery of 5,600-Year-Old Skull Found in Italian Cave forces moved a Stone Age woman's bones through the cavern over timeThu, 04 Mar 2021 17:20:00 +0000University Building Identified as One of the U.S.' First Schools for Black Children Williamsburg Bray School educated around 400 free and enslaved students between 1760 and 1774Wed, 03 Mar 2021 19:57:44 +0000How Researchers Are Reading Centuries-Old Letters Without Opening Them new technique enables scholars to unlock the secrets of long-sealed missivesWed, 03 Mar 2021 17:36:39 +0000Another Long-Lost Jacob Lawrence Painting Resurfaces in Manhattan by the recent discovery of a related panel, a nurse realized that the missing artwork had hung in her house for decadesWed, 03 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000Rare Birmingham Jail Logbook Pages Signed by MLK Resurface After Decades sheets of paper from the Alabama prison where the activist penned a famous 1963 letter sold at auction for more than $130,000Tue, 02 Mar 2021 16:04:42 +0000'Miraculously' Well-Preserved Ceremonial Chariot Found at Villa Outside of Pompeii carriage's intricate decorations include metal medallions depicting satyrs, nymphs and cupidsTue, 02 Mar 2021 12:15:00 +0000Newly Restored Pompeiian Frescoes Capture Hunting Scenes in Vivid Detail used a laser to clean the ancient artworks before retouching their faded sectionsMon, 01 Mar 2021 15:29:31 +0000Porcelain Bowl Bought at Yard Sale for $35 Could Sell at Auction for $500,000 blue-and-white vessel is a rare Ming dynasty dish dated to the early 15th centuryMon, 01 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000Remnants of Tenth-Century Buddhist Monastery Found in India excavation uncovered statues of the Buddha and Tara, a prominent bodhisattvaFri, 26 Feb 2021 17:52:44 +0000Curators Seek $25,000 to Repair Artworks Damaged in U.S. Capitol Attack vandalized six sculptures and two paintings, in addition to smashing windows, breaking furniture and spraying graffitiFri, 26 Feb 2021 16:04:42 +0000Tomb Painting Known as Egypt's 'Mona Lisa' May Depict Extinct Goose Species two of the three kinds of birds found in the 4,600-year-old artwork correspond to existing kinds of animalsThu, 25 Feb 2021 18:04:35 +0000The U.S. Removed Over 160 Confederate Symbols in 2020—but Hundreds Remain mass protests against racial injustice, watchdog group records new push to remove racist monuments from public spacesThu, 25 Feb 2021 15:20:15 +0000Remnants of Iron Age Settlement, Roman Villa Found in England in Oxfordshire revealed traces of at least 15 ancient roundhouses and a dwelling dated to the third or fourth century A.D.Thu, 25 Feb 2021 12:30:00 +0000Anonymous Artist Installs Bust of York, Enslaved Explorer Who Accompanied Lewis and Clark, in Portland Park monument replaces a statue of conservative editor Harvey Scott that was toppled last OctoberWed, 24 Feb 2021 19:13:52 +0000New Online Portal Chronicles the Culinary Legacy of the African Diaspora"Feast Afrique," a digital tool created by food historian Ozoz Sokoh, features nearly 200 texts spanning 1828 to the presentWed, 24 Feb 2021 16:24:16 +000017,000-Year-Old Kangaroo Painting Is Oldest-Known Australian Rock Art were able to date the painting using a new technique involving wasps' nestsTue, 23 Feb 2021 20:15:03 +0000How Magazines Helped Shape American History 300 years of the periodical in an encyclopedic exhibition opening at the Grolier Club in New York City Tue, 23 Feb 2021 18:33:03 +0000Amateur Treasure Hunter Finds Trove of 1,000-Year-Old Viking Jewelry on the Isle of Man around 950 A.D., the artifacts include a gold arm ring and a silver broochMon, 22 Feb 2021 20:45:43 +0000Construction at Israeli Safari Park Unearths 1,800-Year-Old Sarcophagi found 25 years ago, the limestone coffins—adorned with Greco-Roman symbols—were subsequently forgottenMon, 22 Feb 2021 17:35:39 +0000Archaeologists Discover 12th-Century Bathhouse Hidden in Spanish Tapas Bar Seville establishment's owners uncovered traces of the historic structure while conducting renovationsMon, 22 Feb 2021 12:30:00 +0000