Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonian feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenFri, 16 Nov 2018 17:27:59 +0000Mini Terracotta Army Unearthed in China Han Dynasty-era pit includes 300 soldiers, guard towers, farm animals and everything else a noble might need in the afterlifeFri, 16 Nov 2018 17:27:59 +0000Excavation Hints at Opulent Lifestyle Enjoyed by Inhabitants of Ancient Greek City is the first time that residential remains have been discovered at Tenea, once thought to have been founded by Trojan prisonersThu, 15 Nov 2018 19:12:36 +0000No, Archaeologists Probably Did Not Find a New Piece of the Antikythera Mechanism bronze disc found near the shipwreck last year is likely not a cog wheel from the ancient Greek astronomical proto-computerThu, 15 Nov 2018 17:58:16 +0000Tomb Full of Sacred Cats and Beetles Found in Egypt recently opened tomb in the Saqqara necropolis included gilded feline statues and extremely rare mummified scarab beetlesMon, 12 Nov 2018 19:15:54 +0000Letter Shows Einstein’s Prescient Concerns About ‘Dark Times’ in Germany 1922, after fleeing Berlin out of fear for his safety, Einstein wrote to his sister about his new ‘reclusive’ lifeMon, 12 Nov 2018 18:00:40 +0000It's True: Ancient Gauls Embalmed the Severed Heads of Their Enemies analysis shows that ancient accounts of the warriors preserving heads using pine resin are accurateMon, 12 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000Listen to the Moment the Guns Fell Silent Ending World War I new exhibit at the Imperial War Museum uses seismic data collected during the war to recreate the moment the Armistice went into effectFri, 09 Nov 2018 20:01:25 +0000This Week Has Offered a Slew of Insights on the Western Hemisphere’s First Humans reveal rapid yet uneven movement south in at least three migratory waves, complicating story of the Americas' settlementFri, 09 Nov 2018 19:07:06 +0000This Veterans Day, Visit America’s Top Military Sites new book offers a guide to the museums, bases and once-secret locations that reveal America’s complex military historyFri, 09 Nov 2018 17:21:47 +000010,000 Years of British History to Be Unearthed in Excavations in Advance of Planned Rail Line finds include hunter-gatherer site on outskirts of London, Wars of the Roses battlefield, Industrial Revolution burial guardWed, 07 Nov 2018 16:05:21 +0000Did Rampant Inbreeding Contribute to Early Humans’ High Rate of Skeletal Deformities? identified 75 skeletal or dental defects in sample of just 66 sets of ancient remainsTue, 06 Nov 2018 17:48:33 +0000Recently Unearthed Roman Latrine Was Full of Dirty Jokes uncovered in a Roman bathroom in modern-day Turkey reminds us that bathroom humor has ancient rootsTue, 06 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000Toothy Medieval Sea Monster Remains Found in London lamprey, a jawless fish that uses its teeth to hook onto the flesh of prey, was a favorite delicacy amongst British royals past and presentFri, 02 Nov 2018 15:11:37 +0000Students Unearth 6,000-Year-Old Stone Axe at Mount Vernon tool, which was likely used for cutting or carving wood rather than as a weapon, was crafted during 4000 B.C.Thu, 01 Nov 2018 14:50:29 +0000New National Monument in Kentucky Honors Black Civil War Troops 10,000 African-American troops mustered at Camp Nelson, which also offered refuge for their enslaved wives and childrenTue, 30 Oct 2018 20:54:58 +0000Is This the Bag That Held Sir Walter Raleigh's Mummified Head? has it his wife retained his embalmed head. But while the sack dates to the correct era and was found in his son's home, scholars are not convincedTue, 30 Oct 2018 18:42:04 +0000Cacao Was First Cultivated in South America, Not Mexico and Central America study pinpoints birth of chocolate to some 5,300 years ago, or nearly 1,500 years earlier than previously believedTue, 30 Oct 2018 18:27:44 +0000Was the Vikings' Secret to Success Industrial-Scale Tar Production? suggests that the ability to mass-produce tar bolstered their trade repertoire and allowed them to waterproof and seal their iconic longships Mon, 29 Oct 2018 20:16:33 +0000Developers and Preservationists Clash Over Underground Railroad Stop say a plan to build 67 townhomes near Hovenden House and Abolitionist Hall outside Philadelphia will destroy the area's heritage spaceMon, 29 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000Man Arrested for Trying to Steal an Original Copy of the Magna Carta suspect was apprehended after taking a hammer to a glass case containing the 13th-century documentFri, 26 Oct 2018 17:30:59 +0000The Grand Canyon’s Oldest Footprints Are 310 Million Years Old Stephen Rowland says the creature that left the tracks was "doing a funny little side-walking step, line-dance kind of thing"Fri, 26 Oct 2018 15:22:46 +0000The Commando Who Foiled Hitler's Atomic Ambitions Has Died resistance fighter Joachim Ronneberg led the raid that destroyed stock of "heavy water" Hitler needed to produce weapons-grade plutoniumWed, 24 Oct 2018 17:23:41 +0000Oldest Intact Shipwreck Discovered in the Black Sea Greek merchant vessel similar to those found on ancient pottery was carbon dated to 400 B.C. Wed, 24 Oct 2018 16:03:50 +0000Museum of the Bible Acknowledges Five of Its Dead Sea Scrolls Are Forgeries suggests nearly one-third of the museum's 16 scrolls are fakes, and study of the remaining fragments may yield similar resultsTue, 23 Oct 2018 21:13:32 +0000Spain's Push to Remove Franco's Remains From the Valley of the Fallen approved the government decree to move the fascist dictator from his spot in the civil war mausoleum, but obstacles remainTue, 23 Oct 2018 18:22:01 +0000Employer Who Pushed Van Gogh to New Career Path Revealed in Studio Photo 1870s photograph of Charles Obach, one-time manager of the London Goupil Gallery branch, was found in the National Portrait Gallery's collectionsTue, 23 Oct 2018 14:33:39 +0000Curious Collection of Historic Oddities Reunited in Horace Walpole's Neo-Gothic Castle more than 150 artifacts originally on view in the estate during the 1700sMon, 22 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000Norway Apologizes for Persecuting WWII "German Girls" who consorted with Nazi soldiers were attacked, shunned and deported after the warFri, 19 Oct 2018 19:55:55 +0000Library of Congress Digitizes Its Huge Trove of Teddy Roosevelt Papers the thousands of documents is a letter containing the first use of the president’s famed maxim: ‘Speak softly and carry a big stick’Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:34:25 +0000Beautifully Painted Shrine Emerges From the Ashes of Pompeii remnants of a garden, a pool and an altar with traces of burnt offerings were also foundThu, 18 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000Rising Seas Pose Imminent Threat to Dozens of Historical Sites Across the Mediterranean canals, Phoenician port city of Tyre and Croatia’s Old City of Dubrovnik are amongst the sites at risk of flooding, erosionWed, 17 Oct 2018 18:36:43 +0000Urban Rats Enjoy Richer, More Reliable Diet Than Their Rural Counterparts analyzed the remains of 86 brown rats that roamed Toronto between 1790 and 1890Wed, 17 Oct 2018 18:00:55 +00002,000-Year-Old Stone Inscription Is Earliest to Spell Out 'Jerusalem' ancient times, a shorthand spelling was typically usedWed, 17 Oct 2018 17:48:01 +0000British Army Revives Monuments Men to Salvage Art in War-Torn Countries 15-person squad, formed to combat loss of cultural heritage in the Middle East, will specialize in art crime, engineering and archaeologyTue, 16 Oct 2018 19:26:24 +0000What Did Elizabeth I Actually Look Like? This Artist Has a Suggestion Collishaw’s ‘Mask of Youth’ presents realistic depiction of the Tudor queen, explores her savvy command of public personaTue, 16 Oct 2018 16:32:28 +0000Rare Book Library Summons Tales of World's Oldest Monsters monsters have arrived at Toronto's Thomas Fisher Rare Book LibraryMon, 15 Oct 2018 20:34:00 +0000From Obscurity, Hilma af Klint Is Finally Being Recognized as a Pioneer of Abstract Art the modernists, the Swedish painter's monumental canvases featured free-wheeling swirls, mysterious symbols, pastel paletteMon, 15 Oct 2018 19:00:04 +0000This Ancient 10-Year-Old Received a ‘Vampire Burial’ to Prevent Return From the Dead malaria-stricken Roman child was buried in the ominously named Cemetery of the Babies with a stone inserted into its mouthMon, 15 Oct 2018 17:15:03 +0000Mary Borden's Forgotten World War I Ballad to Mark Centenary of Armistice Day heiress, poet and activist funded and oversaw military field hospitals during both world wars, penned series of sonnets inspired by wartime experiencesFri, 12 Oct 2018 18:05:44 +0000You Thought Modern Life Was Bad. This Neanderthal Child Was Eaten By a Giant Bird's not known if the bird killed the child or scavenged its remains, but finger bones found in Poland show they went through a bird's digestive tractThu, 11 Oct 2018 19:44:33 +0000How Salty Fish Helped the Maya of Belize Bolster Their Economy new study suggests that workshops on the coast of Belize were not only producing salt, but also preserving animal meatWed, 10 Oct 2018 17:56:28 +0000Oldest Known Macroscopic Skeletal Organism Was Masquerading as Fossilized Feces researchers initially dismissed the remains of Palaeopascichnus lineari as teeny turds from a bygone eraWed, 10 Oct 2018 17:53:11 +00001,700-Year-Old Sock Spins Yarn About Ancient Egyptian Fashion stripy toe sock appears to have warmed the foot of a tot in the late antiquity periodWed, 10 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000Tulsa to Search for Mass Graves From the Race Massacre of 1921 the pogrom, a white mob killed an estimated 300 black Tulsans. According to eyewitnesses, the dead are buried in unmarked mass graves in GreenwoodTue, 09 Oct 2018 17:37:29 +0000Ancient Precursor to Pumpkin Spice Latte? Archaeologists Uncover Earliest Human Use of Nutmeg of ancient ceramics on Pulau Ay reveal nutmeg's early historyFri, 05 Oct 2018 20:56:23 +0000Eight-Year-Old Girl Finds Iron Age Sword in Swedish Lake's no King Arthur, but locals are calling Saga Vanecek the "Queen of Sweden." To that we say, long live Saga!Fri, 05 Oct 2018 20:10:35 +0000Residue of Opium Poppy Found in Bronze Age Juglet the opium was consumed or used as oil for perfume or for anointing remains unclearFri, 05 Oct 2018 14:37:00 +0000Archaeologists Unearth Foundations of Wolf Hall, Where Henry VIII Fell for Jane Seymour team’s finds include a network of Tudor-era brick sewers, the foundations of two towers and ornate tilesThu, 04 Oct 2018 19:10:54 +0000Brazil’s National Museum Launches Rebuilding Efforts with Temporary Exhibition of Surviving Collection work must be completed before experts can assess extent of damage to museum’s collection of more than 20 million artifactsWed, 03 Oct 2018 18:15:05 +0000Now We Don't Have to Unravel Mummies to Study Them at a Cellular Level imaging enabled researchers to non-invasively examine a mummified hand's blood vessels, skin layers and connective tissueTue, 02 Oct 2018 16:38:09 +0000An Unknown Ancient Civilization in India Carved This Rock Art are cataloging the petroglyphs in the western part of Maharashtra stateTue, 02 Oct 2018 13:14:50 +0000The Met’s Latest Show Traces Armenia’s Cultural Evolution<i>Armenia!</i> features more than 140 artifacts, including gilded reliquaries, illuminated manuscripts, textilesFri, 28 Sep 2018 19:34:05 +0000Local Council Approves Plan to Turn Portion of Battle of Bosworth Site Into Driverless Car Testing Track 1485 clash between Richard III and Henry VII precipitated rise of Tudor dynastyFri, 28 Sep 2018 17:58:43 +0000People Braved Australia's Western Desert Roughly 45,000 Years Ago dated artifacts from a rock shelter show humans were in the inhospitable Little Sandy Desert at least 10,000 years earlier than previously thoughtFri, 28 Sep 2018 15:25:18 +0000Newly Discovered Letter Sheds Light on Overlooked Suffragette Kenney, who took part in the movement’s first militant act, wrote to her sister after being released from prisonFri, 28 Sep 2018 10:00:00 +0000Neanderthals Used Their Hands for Precision, Not Just Power suggest that the early human ancestors’ hand usage places them in line with tailors, painters rather than brute-force laborersThu, 27 Sep 2018 16:55:43 +0000Ancient Comics Line This Roman-Era Tomb in Jordan of the nearly 260 figures depicted in the paintings are given speech captions reminiscent of modern comicsThu, 27 Sep 2018 16:39:23 +0000Elusive Tree Kangaroo Spotted for First Time in 90 Years amateur botanist spotted the Wondiwoi tree kangaroo in the remote mountains of West Papua, New GuineaThu, 27 Sep 2018 15:24:15 +0000NYC Pop-Up Exhibition Traces Broken Windows Policing’s Toll show explores how the policing of minor crimes has caused an uptick in racial profiling, particularly targeting African American and Latino communitiesWed, 26 Sep 2018 15:24:57 +0000London’s Lucky Stone—Referenced by Shakespeare, Blake—Set to Return to Rightful Place's been identified as a remnant of an ancient Roman monument, the altar employed in Druidic human sacrifice, even the stone that yielded ExcaliburTue, 25 Sep 2018 17:04:12 +0000Caravaggio May Have Died of Infected Sword Wound, Not Syphilis Italian Old Master had a notoriously mercurial temperament and was forced to flee Rome in 1606 after killing his rival in a duelTue, 25 Sep 2018 15:14:53 +0000Glasgow School of Art Will Be Rebuilt, But Construction Could Last Up to a Decade June, an inferno blazed through the Scottish school's historic Mackintosh Building, which was under renovation following a 2014 fireMon, 24 Sep 2018 17:35:34 +0000Jerusalem Museum Untangles History of the Color Blue, From Biblical Hue to Ancient Royalty show inks out the history of the enigmatic sky blue dye known as ‘tekhelet’ Fri, 21 Sep 2018 19:00:07 +0000More Than 700 Lincoln Collectibles Are Set to Go on Auction Harold Holzer amassed his extraordinary collection of lithographs, prints and assorted Lincolniana over the course of half a centuryFri, 21 Sep 2018 10:00:00 +0000Who’s a Good Archaeologist? Dog Digs Up Trove of Bronze Age Relics on a walk outside a small Czech village, Monty the dog and his owner found nearly two dozen 3,000-year-old artifacts Wed, 19 Sep 2018 10:00:00 +0000Why the Legend of Medieval Pope Joan Persists mythical female pope is back in the news as an academic uses medieval coins to look for physical evidence of her reignWed, 19 Sep 2018 10:00:00 +0000Excavation at Welsh Castle May Shed Light on the Mystery of Henry VII’s Birthplace say the Tudor king was likely born in a high-status residence in the castle’s outer wardTue, 18 Sep 2018 19:18:17 +0000Freddie Oversteegen, Teenage Resistance Fighter Who Assassinated Nazis, Has Died at 92 and two other young women used their unassuming charms to ensnare Nazi collaboratorsTue, 18 Sep 2018 17:58:12 +0000Human Gene Mutation May Have Paved the Way for Long-Distance Running Mice with engineered versions of the CMAH gene exhibited 30 percent better endurance than those withoutTue, 18 Sep 2018 16:58:45 +0000Gold Miners Unearth 50,000-Year-Old Caribou Calf, Wolf Pup From Canadian Permafrost animals' fur, skin and muscle are almost perfectly preservedMon, 17 Sep 2018 18:52:15 +0000