Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-history-archaeology/RSS feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenFri, 21 Sep 2018 19:00:07 +0000Jerusalem Museum Untangles History of the Color Blue, From Biblical Hue to Ancient Royaltyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jerusalem-museum-untangles-history-color-blue-biblical-hue-ancient-royalty-180970356/The 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 Auctionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-700-lincoln-collectibles-are-set-go-auction-180970323/Historian 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 Relicshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dog-uncovers-trove-bronze-age-relics-czech-republic-180970324/While 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 Persistshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-coins-suggest-legendary-female-pope-may-have-existed-after-all-180970297/The 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 Birthplacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/excavation-welsh-castle-may-shed-light-mystery-henry-viis-birthplace-180970304/Archaeologists 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 92https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/freddie-oversteegen-who-assassinated-nazis-teenage-resistance-fighter-has-died-92-180970319/Oversteegen 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 Runninghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-gene-mutation-may-have-paved-way-long-distance-running-180970318/ 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 Permafrosthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canadian-permafrost-yields-intact-remains-50000-year-old-caribou-calf-wolf-pup-180970301/Both animals' fur, skin and muscle are almost perfectly preservedMon, 17 Sep 2018 18:52:15 +0000Her 3,000-Year-Old Bones Showed Unusual Signs of Wear. It Turns Out, She Was a Master Ceramicisthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-female-artisan-whose-masterful-ceramics-defied-ancient-greek-gender-norms-180970288/After analyzing the woman’s skeleton, researchers unlocked her past as an ancient Greek artisanFri, 14 Sep 2018 17:50:37 +0000Record-Breaking Distance Runner Diane Leather Never Let Lack of Opportunity Slow Her Downhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/record-breaking-distance-runner-diane-leather-has-died-85-180970287/The first woman to run a mile in less than five minutes has died at age 85Fri, 14 Sep 2018 16:36:41 +0000Before There Was Streaming, the Victorians Had "Magic Lanterns"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/victorian-magic-lanterns-were-19th-century-version-netflix-180970286/New research finds these early image projectors, which brought world landmarks, fairytale favorites to life, were a regular part of middle-class lifeFri, 14 Sep 2018 15:40:53 +0000Five Ways Cultural Institutions, Landmarks and Zoos Are Prepping for Hurricane Florencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-ways-souths-cultural-institutions-landmarks-are-preparing-hurricane-florence-180970283/Many museums are closing their doors, while zoos and aquariums are moving their animals indoorsThu, 13 Sep 2018 18:14:52 +0000Traces of 13,000-Year-Old Beer Found in Israelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/traces-13000-year-old-beer-found-israel-180970282/According to the authors of a new study, the discovery marks the earliest-known evidence of beer production among ancient peoples Thu, 13 Sep 2018 17:09:42 +0000Experts Are Searching for a 19th-Century Philosopher’s Strange Memorial Ringshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/experts-are-searching-19th-century-philosophers-strange-memorial-rings-180970273/Jeremy Bentham requested that rings containing locks of his hair be sent to 26 people. He also wanted his body to be put on display Thu, 13 Sep 2018 15:38:09 +0000Cornelius Wasn’t the Only Gurlitt Sibling to Inherit Nazi-Looted Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cornelius-wasnt-only-gurlitt-sibling-inherit-nazi-looted-art-180970270/Nicoline Benita Renate Gurlitt received 18 works from her father’s trove of stolen art, and four of these works were just returned to their rightful ownersThu, 13 Sep 2018 14:25:06 +0000British Museum Traces History of Dissent From Ancient Egypt to Todayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-museum-traces-history-dissent-ancient-egypt-today-180970258/'I Object: Ian Hislop’s Search for Dissent' span centuries, continentsWed, 12 Sep 2018 20:07:27 +0000What Was “Eye Cream” Doing in a 2,200-Year-Old Tomb in West Turkey?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-was-eye-cream-doing-2200-year-old-aizanoi-tomb-180970266/The find was discovered in a cemetery located in the ancient city of AizanoiTue, 11 Sep 2018 19:30:22 +0000Excavations at Medieval Vyborg Castle Reveal Secrets of "Hidden" Passagewayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-game-board-unearthed-hidden-chamber-medieval-vyborg-castle-180970246/The finds include a game board etched into the surface of a clay brick that was likely used to play a variation of the strategy game nine men’s morrisTue, 11 Sep 2018 16:03:55 +0000Decades After Being Passed Over for a Nobel, Jocelyn Bell Burnell Gets Her Duehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/decades-after-being-passed-over-nobel-jocelyn-bell-burnell-gets-her-due-180970248/Honored with a Special Breakthrough Prize, the astrophysicist says she'll use the winnings to fund scholarships to support today's outsiders in the fieldMon, 10 Sep 2018 20:34:09 +0000What Ötzi the Iceman’s Tattoos Reveal About Copper Age Medical Practiceshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-otzi-icemans-tattoos-reveal-about-copper-age-medical-practices-180970244/New study argues that the 5,300-year-old Iceman’s community boasted surprisingly advanced health care techniquesMon, 10 Sep 2018 15:58:33 +0000Artificial Intelligence Can Now Decipher Medieval Graffiti (Cat Sketches and All)https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artificial-intelligence-can-now-decipher-medieval-graffiti-180970222/Researchers sought to decipher the 11th-century graffiti adorning the walls of St. Sophia’s Cathedral in KievMon, 10 Sep 2018 14:42:51 +0000Five Things We've Learned Since Brazil’s Devastating National Museum Firehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-are-latest-updates-brazils-devastating-national-museum-fire-180970232/Local students and Wikipedia are spearheading campaigns to preserve the museum’s digital legacyFri, 07 Sep 2018 16:58:01 +0000Oral History Suggests Māori Proverbs on Bird Extinction Mirrored Fears of Indigenous Group’s Own Declinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oral-history-suggests-maori-proverbs-bird-extinction-mirrored-fears-indigenous-groups-own-decline-180970225/The moa, a giant flightless bird, served as symbol of extinction and reflection of Māori fears over encroaching European presenceThu, 06 Sep 2018 20:13:31 +0000Traces of 7,200-Year-Old Cheese Found in Croatia https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/traces-7200-year-old-cheese-found-croatia-180970224/A new study posits that cheese production may have helped ancient farmers expand into EuropeThu, 06 Sep 2018 19:26:59 +0000Madrid’s Prado Museum Will Spotlight Pioneering Duo of Female Renaissance Artistshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/madrids-prado-museum-will-spotlight-pioneering-duo-female-renaissance-artists-180970214/Lavinia Fontana is widely considered the first professional female artist, while Sofonisba Anguissola served as Philip II of Spain’s court painter Thu, 06 Sep 2018 16:48:19 +0000Greek Farmer Stumbles Onto 3,400-Year-Old Tomb Hidden Below His Olive Grovehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/greek-farmer-stumbles-3400-year-old-tomb-hidden-below-his-olive-grove-180970197/The Crete local was trying to park his vehicle when he accidentally unearthed the ancient Minoan graveTue, 04 Sep 2018 19:44:32 +0000Why Brazil's National Museum Fire Was a Devastating Blow to South America's Cultural Heritagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artifacts-destroyed-brazil-devastating-national-museum-fire-180970194/The collection of more than 20 million artifacts included the oldest fossil found in the Americas and a trove of indigenous literatureTue, 04 Sep 2018 19:38:43 +0000Remains of One of the First Theaters to Perform Shakespeare’s Plays Will Open to the Public After 400 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-one-first-theaters-perform-shakespeares-plays-will-open-public-after-400-years-180970188/Excavations at the site have also unearthed a large complex that was built around the theater Fri, 31 Aug 2018 19:41:35 +0000British Aristocrat Commissions 180-Foot Monument Celebrating Elizabeth II’s Reignhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-aristocrat-commissions-180-foot-monument-celebrating-elizabeth-iis-reign-180970185/The Third Viscount Devonport has chosen sculptor Simon Hitchens to bring the Elizabeth Landmark to lifeFri, 31 Aug 2018 19:26:22 +0000Hidden Medieval Door Leading to Smugglers’ Caves Discovered Underneath Scottish Castlehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hidden-medieval-door-leading-smugglers-caves-discovered-underneath-scottish-castle-180970172/Culzean Castle, a towering fortress overlooking the cliffs of Ayrshire, sits atop a labyrinthine network allegedly used by smugglers, ghosts and fugitivesThu, 30 Aug 2018 19:29:20 +0000Helsinki's New Subterranean Art Museum Opens Its Doorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/helsinkis-new-subterranean-art-museum-opens-its-doors-180970176/The Amos Rex Museum is located beneath Lasipalatsi, a 1930s shopping center known as the ‘Glass Palace’Thu, 30 Aug 2018 19:15:47 +0000Archaeologists Open One of Many Mass Graves From the Spanish Civil Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-open-one-mass-graves-spanish-civil-war-180970175/The excavation comes amid a push to deal more openly with a difficult chapter of Spain’s historyThu, 30 Aug 2018 17:25:56 +0000An Immersive Art Installation Will Temporarily Resurrect the Berlin Wallhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/immersive-art-installation-will-temporarily-resurrect-berlin-wall-180970168/This fall, event organizers plan on constructing a pseudo-city within a block of Berlin in order to emulate life in an unfamiliar countryWed, 29 Aug 2018 19:46:59 +0000Sold: A Pocket Watch From the Titanic, Adorned with Hebrew Lettershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sold-watch-titanic-adorned-hebrew-letters-180970169/The watch belonged to Sinai Kantor, a Russian immigrant who died when the ship went downWed, 29 Aug 2018 19:36:36 +0000Archaeologists Unearth Medieval Game Board During Search for Lost Monasteryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unearth-medieval-game-board-during-search-lost-monastery-180970161/Scotland's oldest surviving manuscript, the Book of Deer, was written by monks living in the Aberdeenshire monasteryWed, 29 Aug 2018 16:03:29 +0000Ancient City of Palmyra, Gravely Damaged by ISIS, May Reopen Next Yearhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-city-palmyra-gravely-damaged-isis-may-reopen-next-year-1-180970160/Between 2015 and 2017, militants wreaked havoc on the site’s ancient treasures Wed, 29 Aug 2018 10:00:00 +000063 Works By Austrian Expressionist Egon Schiele Are at the Center of the Latest Nazi-Looted Art Disputehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/63-works-austrian-expressionist-egon-schiele-are-center-latest-nazi-looted-art-dispute-180970155/The German Lost Art Foundation removed the artworks from its database, suggesting they were saved by a collector's relatives rather than seized by NazisTue, 28 Aug 2018 18:59:26 +0000Lead Poisoning Wasn't a Major Factor in the Mysterious Demise of the Franklin Expeditionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lead-poisoning-wasnt-major-factor-mysterious-demise-franklin-expedition-180970150/Researchers argue that lead exposure occurred prior to the start of the voyage, not during the stranded crew's battle for survivalTue, 28 Aug 2018 16:10:02 +0000The Wreck of a WWII Fighter Plane Will Be Unearthed from a Greenland Glacier https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wreck-wwii-fighter-plane-will-be-unearthed-from-greenland-glacier-180970141/The P-38 fighter is a member of the famed Lost Squadron, which landed on ice caps after running afoul of poor weather in July 1942Tue, 28 Aug 2018 11:00:00 +0000Silver Coins Lead to One of the Earliest Roman Sites in Yorkshirehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/silver-coins-lead-one-earliest-roman-sites-yorkshire-180970138/The dig site found by metal detectorists 3 years ago appears to be a high-status homestead that once had two villasMon, 27 Aug 2018 19:09:11 +0000Hemp Makes a Return to George Washington's Farmhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hemp-makes-return-george-washingtons-farm-180970131/The first crop of industrial hemp grown in centuries was recently harvested at Mount VernonFri, 24 Aug 2018 20:14:55 +0000Like a Reverse Atlantis, This Legendary Harbor Ended When Its Sea Route Dried Uphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rising-sea-levels-changing-environment-doomed-legendary-pisan-harbor-180970132/Researchers believe the changing environment doomed ‘Portus Pisanus,’ a harbor once considered lost to timeFri, 24 Aug 2018 18:01:56 +0000'Hunger Stones' With Ominous Messages Emerge in Drought-Parched Czech River https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hunger-stones-emerge-drought-parched-czech-river-180970130/The stones recorded low water levels dating back to the 1600s and warn of impending hardships Fri, 24 Aug 2018 17:04:25 +0000Fall Down the Rabbit Hole With the New York Public Library's Instagram Version of Classic Taleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-public-library-reimagines-classic-books-instagram-generation-180970118/Featured texts include ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,’ ‘The Metamorphosis’ and ‘The Yellow Wallpaper'Thu, 23 Aug 2018 18:35:42 +0000Meet Denisova 11: First Known Hybrid Homininhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-denisova-11-first-known-interspecies-hominin-180970114/The 13-year-old girl’s mother was a Neanderthal while her father was a DenisovanThu, 23 Aug 2018 17:19:51 +0000Suspected Nazi Camp Guard Deported to Germanyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/suspected-nazi-camp-guard-deported-germany-180970102/Fourteen years after being stripped of his citizenship, Germany finally takes in Jakiw Palij, who was trained by the SS at TrawnikiWed, 22 Aug 2018 19:40:44 +0000Archaeological Dig at Australian Metro Station Unearths 1,000 Human Teethhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeological-dig-australian-metro-station-unearths-1000-human-teeth-180970100/A local dentist probably flushed the molars down the toilet or discarded them with his trashWed, 22 Aug 2018 19:03:40 +0000New Nanotech Returns Henry VIII's Favorite Warship to Its Former Gloryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thanks-nanotechnology-henry-viiis-favorite-warship-facelift-180970098/Researchers used tiny magnetic particles to remove the iron ions responsible for the wooden vessel’s decayWed, 22 Aug 2018 17:47:12 +0000Christie's Will Be the First Auction House to Sell Art Made by Artificial Intelligencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/christies-will-be-first-auction-house-sell-art-made-artificial-intelligence-180970086/Christie's will sell the work from Paris-based art collective Obvious, which created ‘Portrait of Edmond Belamy’ with the machine-learning algorithm GANTue, 21 Aug 2018 19:54:06 +0000Scientists Begin Unveiling the Secrets of the Mummies in the Alexandria 'Dark Sarcophagus'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/were-learning-more-about-inhabitants-dark-sarcophagus-180970085/The massives stone coffin found in July contains a woman and two men, including one who survived brain surgeryTue, 21 Aug 2018 18:38:00 +0000Poster From One of the Earliest Public Movie Screenings Is Heading to Auctionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/poster-one-earliest-public-movie-screenings-heading-auction-180970067/The artwork advertised the Lumière brothers’ pioneering CinématographeTue, 21 Aug 2018 16:44:59 +0000Found: A Forgotten Stretch of the Berlin Wallhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-forgotten-stretch-berlin-wall-180970078/It formed an outer defensive barrier that stopped East Germans from getting close to the main wallTue, 21 Aug 2018 15:55:44 +0000A 2,000-Year-Old Golden Horse Head Suggests Romans Actually Got Along Wth German 'Barbarians'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sculpted-horse-head-complicates-legendary-roman-conquest-german-barbarians-180970077/The sculpture fragment suggests Romans lived peacefully alongside Germans until a decisive defeat at the Battle of Teutoburg ForestTue, 21 Aug 2018 11:00:00 +0000Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan Left a Legacy of a More Interventionist United Nationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/former-un-secretary-general-kofi-annan-has-died-180970076/The Ghanian diplomat, who died this past weekend, reshaped the mission of the U.N. during a lifelong career as a civil servantMon, 20 Aug 2018 20:19:51 +0000Many Roman Children Suffered From Vitamin D Deficiencyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/many-roman-children-suffered-rickets-new-study-has-found-180970074/New research suggests rickets was common long before the Industrial Revolution, when pollution blocked out sunlightMon, 20 Aug 2018 19:27:15 +0000Egyptian Papyrus Reveals This Old Wives' Tale Is Very Old Indeedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egyptian-papyrus-reveals-old-wives-tale-very-very-old-indeed-180970066/The "Wheat and Barley" pregnancy test described in a recently translated medical text has been practiced for thousands of yearsMon, 20 Aug 2018 10:00:00 +0000Archaeologists Are Excavating Sheffield Castle, One-Time Prison of Mary, Queen of Scotshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/excavation-begins-sheffield-castle-one-time-prison-mary-queen-scots-180970065/The Scottish queen spent 14 years imprisoned at the medieval strongholdFri, 17 Aug 2018 18:31:28 +0000'Baroque's Leading Lady' Artist Michaelina Wautier Finally Gets Retrospectivehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antwerp-hosts-first-retrospective-dedicated-baroque-artist-michaelina-wautier-180970055/The 17th-century painter mastered an array of genres at a time when most female artists were consigned to painting flowersFri, 17 Aug 2018 17:25:27 +0000Taiwan Unveils Its First Statue Honoring ‘Comfort Women’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/taiwan-unveils-its-first-statue-honoring-comfort-women-180970053/The monument has sparked diplomatic tensions with JapanFri, 17 Aug 2018 15:34:39 +0000Egyptians Cracked Recipe for Embalming Resin Well Before Time of the Pharaohshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egyptians-created-mummies-thousand-years-earlier-thought-180970052/A new analysis shows that the Egyptian mummies were being made long before 2600 B.C.Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:44:27 +0000Oldest Cheese Ever Found in Egyptian Tombhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-cheese-ever-egyptian-tomb-180970051/Italian researchers also found traces of disease-causing bacteria in what they believe is probably extremely aged cheese.Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:48:21 +0000You Can Now Watch the Whitechapel Fatberg's Decay on Livestreamhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-now-livestream-decay-whitechapel-fatberg-180970018/The toxic clump of sewage oil and waste housed at the Museum of London has, so far, changed colors, ‘sweated,’ hatched flies and grown yellow pustulesThu, 16 Aug 2018 15:16:41 +0000Swiss Institute Reimagines Duchamp’s Readymades for the Modern Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swiss-institute-reimagines-duchamps-readymades-modern-world-180970002/The exhibition asks visitors to revisit the objects in their daily life that are often taken for granted Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:00:00 +0000Researchers Suggest Big Toe Was Last Part of Foot to Evolvehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-suggest-big-toe-was-last-part-foot-evolve-180970012/Early hominins' big toes were equipped for life on the ground and in the treesWed, 15 Aug 2018 19:13:12 +0000Tools Offer More Complex, Cooperative Picture of Easter Island Societyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tools-suggest-easter-island-society-didnt-collapse-180970003/Basalt axes from one quarry area indicate cooperation between clans, not warfare over resources as previously hypothesizedWed, 15 Aug 2018 17:04:42 +0000How an Artist Is Rebuilding a Baghdad Library Destroyed During the Iraq Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artist-hopes-rebuild-baghdad-library-destroyed-during-iraq-war-180969979/“168:01,” an installation now on view at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, encourages visitors to donate books to the University of Baghdad Wed, 15 Aug 2018 10:00:00 +0000Animal Fat Found in Clay Pottery Reveals How Ancient People Adapted to Droughthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/traces-animal-fat-found-clay-pottery-reveal-how-catalhoyuk-settlement-survived-extreme-drought-180969994/Neolithic farmers switched from cattle to goat herding, abandoned communal dwellings for smaller households to adjust to new climateTue, 14 Aug 2018 18:14:45 +0000Missouri Exhibition Explores the Centuries-Old Specter of ‘Fake News’ https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/missouri-exhibition-explores-centuries-old-specter-fake-news-180969980/Curator considers three categories of 'fake news': error, hoax and truths deemed falseTue, 14 Aug 2018 17:40:21 +0000Pocket-Sized Bible Returns to Canterbury Cathedral After 500 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pocket-sized-bible-returns-canterbury-cathedral-after-500-years-180969949/The volume was lost after Henry VIII ordered the dissolution of the cathedral’s monasteryTue, 14 Aug 2018 17:33:56 +0000Hundreds of Newly Found Poems Reveal the Devastation of the U.K.’s ‘Cotton Famine’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hundreds-newly-found-poems-reveal-devastation-uks-cotton-famine-180969966/When the American Civil War crippled England’s cotton industry, impoverished workers turned to poetry to convey their plightMon, 13 Aug 2018 19:11:05 +0000Laziness May Have Contributed to the Decline of Homo Erectushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/laziness-may-have-contributed-downfall-homo-erectus-180969983/Researchers suggest early humans pursued “least-effort strategies” when crafting tools, collecting resources Mon, 13 Aug 2018 18:21:40 +0000After 100 Years, Roald Amundsen's Polar Ship Returns to Norwayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-100-years-roald-amundsens-polar-ship-maud-returns-norway-180969973/<i>Maud</i>, which sunk in Arctic Canada in 1930, was floated across the Atlantic to its new home in a museum in VollenMon, 13 Aug 2018 16:20:23 +0000First US-Based World War II Master’s Degree Program Will Launch in Januaryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-world-war-ii-masters-degree-program-will-launch-january-180969971/The online graduate program is a collaboration between Arizona State University and the National World War II Museum in New OrleansMon, 13 Aug 2018 16:02:10 +0000Researcher Finds Earlier Birth Date for Langston Hugheshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researcher-finds-earlier-birth-date-langston-hughes-180969969/It has long been believed that the famed poet was born in 1902, but his name appears in newspaper articles from 1901Fri, 10 Aug 2018 18:24:04 +0000Did This Couple Steal a $160 Million de Kooning?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/photograph-offers-link-between-retired-couple-and-160-million-stolen-de-kooning-180969963/The Thanksgiving snapshot places Jerry and Rita Alter in Tucson, Arizona, just a day before the 1985 heistFri, 10 Aug 2018 17:34:05 +0000Greenland's Vikings Got Wealthy Off Walrus Tuskshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/greenland-vikings-got-wealthy-walrus-tusks-180969962/New DNA study reveals how the Norse Greenlanders cornered the market on ivory in EuropeFri, 10 Aug 2018 16:59:40 +0000This New Zealand Natural Wonder Is Probably Gone for Goodhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-zealand-natural-wonder-probably-gone-good-180969947/A new study reconfirms that the Pink and White Terraces were destroyed by a volcano in 1886 and can't be dug upFri, 10 Aug 2018 15:39:13 +0000Historian Asserts That Leonardo’s Assistant Painted Majority of 'Salvator Mundi' https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oxford-scholar-challenges-salvator-mundi-attribution-arguing-leonardos-assistant-painted-majority-work-180969948/The Oxford research fellow names Bernardino Luini as main artist, believes da Vinci only painted between five to 20 percent of the paintingThu, 09 Aug 2018 20:24:23 +0000Why Roman Emperors Were More Likely to Be Assassinated During Droughtshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-were-roman-emperors-more-likely-be-assassinated-during-droughts-180969957/Low rainfall leads to poor harvests, starving troops, more mutinies and higher risk of regicideThu, 09 Aug 2018 17:00:10 +0000Scorched Earth from Ireland Fire Illuminates WWII-Era Signhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wildfire-reveals-wwii-era-sign-irish-coastline-180969929/The site is one of more than 80 ‘Éire markings’ that proclaimed Ireland’s neutrality during the warWed, 08 Aug 2018 13:00:00 +0000A Memorial Sign to Emmett Till Was Defaced With Four Bullet Holeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/memorial-murdered-boy-emmett-till-has-been-shot-again-180969928/This is the third time the marker of the African-American boy’s brutal torture and murder in Mississippi in 1955 has been vandalized Wed, 08 Aug 2018 10:00:00 +0000Authorities Raze Ai Weiwei’s Beijing Studiohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/authorities-raze-ai-weiweis-beijing-studio-180969891/The contemporary art giant is known for his caustic criticism of the Chinese governmentMon, 06 Aug 2018 19:48:27 +0000New Virginia Monument Will Pay Tribute to Hundreds of Historic Womenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-virginia-monument-will-pay-tribute-hundreds-historic-women-180969812/The monument features 12 bronze statues and a wall etched with 400 additional names of women who played an important role in shaping Virginia's historyMon, 06 Aug 2018 18:42:06 +0000Why Did the Welsh Bury Their Dead at Stonehenge?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-did-welsh-bury-their-dead-stonehenge-180969874/Study suggests cremated remains found at the site belong to outsiders who may have brought stones from Welsh quarry, aided monument’s constructionMon, 06 Aug 2018 16:45:41 +0000New York Public Library Acquires Unpublished Chapter of Malcolm X’s Autobiographyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-public-library-acquires-unpublished-chapter-malcolm-xs-autobiography-180969871/The public is just weeks away from being able to view these “lost” worksFri, 03 Aug 2018 19:01:34 +0000Have Researchers Unraveled the Six-Decade Mystery of a Kansas Museum Portrait?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-unravel-six-decade-mystery-kansas-museum-portrait-180969862/The team believes it has identified the rightful artist behind ‘Mrs. Thomas Pelham,’ a nearly life-size portrait depicting an 18th-century aristocratFri, 03 Aug 2018 16:35:30 +0000Rare Home Movies Show the Private Lives of the Rooseveltshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-home-movies-show-private-lives-roosevelts-180969861/The 16mm film depicts the first couple picnicking, boating, and socializing with their friends, family and advisorsThu, 02 Aug 2018 20:24:43 +0000Statistics Offer Answer to Decades-Long Dispute Over Authorship of Beatles Hithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/statistics-offer-answer-decades-long-dispute-over-authorship-beatles-hit-180969804/Researchers say there is less than a one in 50 chance that Paul McCartney composed the melody of "In My Life"Wed, 01 Aug 2018 19:09:02 +0000These Chilean Mummies Were Buried in Mercury-Laced Red Clothinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-chilean-mummies-were-buried-mercury-laced-red-clothing-180969792/The Cerro Esmeralda site, where two human sacrifices were buried, shows traces of cinnabar, a toxic pigmentWed, 01 Aug 2018 14:24:14 +0000Cologne Archaeologists Unearth Foundations of Germany’s Oldest Known Libraryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cologne-archaeologists-unearth-foundations-germanys-oldest-library-180969795/The library, which was built between 150 and 200 C.E., held an estimated 20,000 ancient scrollsTue, 31 Jul 2018 19:28:36 +000024,000 Documents Detailing Life of Landscape Architect Frederick Law Olmsted Now Available Onlinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/24000-documents-detailing-life-landscape-architect-frederick-law-olmsted-now-available-online-180969788/Collection includes journals, personal correspondence detailing development of Biltmore estate, U.S. Capitol grounds and the Chicago World's FairTue, 31 Jul 2018 15:55:25 +0000Remains of Tuskegee Airman Found in Austria https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-tuskegee-airman-found-austria-180969787/Researchers and archaeologists have recovered the remains of distinguished flyer Lawrence E. Dickson whose plane crashed during a mission in 1944Tue, 31 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000Art, Science and Religion Blend in Exhibition Honoring Illustrator Orra White Hitchcockhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/art-science-and-religion-exhibition-honoring-illustrator-orra-white-hitchcock-180969778/ Orra’s paintings and drawings depict the natural world in colorful detailMon, 30 Jul 2018 13:30:02 +0000Why Gala Dalí—Muse, Model and Artist—Was More Than Just Salvador’s Wifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-gala-dalimuse-model-and-artistwas-more-just-salvadors-wife-180969776/Barcelona exhibition draws on 315 artifacts to unravel the myths behind central surrealist figureMon, 30 Jul 2018 13:00:00 +0000This Initiative Is Loaning Artwork Back to the Communities They're Most Associated With https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/britains-national-portrait-gallery-sending-50-works-home-180969767/Britain's National Portrait Gallery's 'Coming Home' initiative will loan portraits to the towns and cities most closely associated with their subjectsFri, 27 Jul 2018 19:38:36 +0000Black and Female Circus Artists Take Center Ring in New Museum Showhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hidden-stories-black-and-female-circus-artists-come-light-new-exhibition-180969766/ “Circus! Show of Shows” at the U.K.’s Weston Park Museum reveals how the circus was shaped by diverse groups of performersFri, 27 Jul 2018 17:14:38 +0000Black Panther Co-Founder Elbert "Big Man" Howard Dies at 80https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/black-panther-co-founder-elbert-howard-has-died-80-180969764/Howard was a key Panther organizer and played an important role in community activismThu, 26 Jul 2018 20:17:02 +0000Rosa Parks’ Detroit Home Is Now Up for Auctionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rosa-parks-detroit-home-now-auction-180969763/Parts of the tiny home where the civil rights activist lived with 17 family members are expected to sell for between $1 and $3 millionThu, 26 Jul 2018 19:11:26 +0000Library of Congress Puts Spotlight on 440 Snapshots Culled From Archive of 14 Millionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-congress-puts-spotlight-440-snapshots-culled-archive-14-million-180969755/About 300 of the images have been newly digitized, and 200 of these are free for public useThu, 26 Jul 2018 14:23:08 +00001,000-Year-Old Handprint From "Europe's Lost People" Discovered In Scotlandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1000-year-old-handprint-europes-lost-people-discovered-scotland-180969752/The mark was left by a Pictish coppersmith at Swandro, a site in the Orkney Islands that is quickly washing into the seaWed, 25 Jul 2018 18:01:38 +0000‘Amazing Dragon’ Fossils Unearthed in China Rewrite Story of Long-Necked Dinosaurshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amazing-dragon-fossils-unearthed-china-rewrite-story-long-necked-dinosaurs-180969751/The dino family emerged 15 million years earlier than previously thoughtWed, 25 Jul 2018 17:03:33 +0000People Were Messing Around In Texas at Least 2,500 Years Earlier Than Previously Thoughthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-were-texas-3000-years-earlier-previously-thought-180969743/Pre-Clovis projectile points and other artifacts at the Gault Site date back 16,000 years ago or even earlier Wed, 25 Jul 2018 14:41:42 +0000