Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonian 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 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 +0000Her 3,000-Year-Old Bones Showed Unusual Signs of Wear. It Turns Out, She Was a Master Ceramicist 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 Down 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" 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 Florence 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 Israel 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 Rings 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 Art 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 Today'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? 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" Passageway 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 Due 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 Practices 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) 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 Fire 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 Decline 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 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 Artists 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 Grove 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 Heritage 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 Years 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 Reign 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 Castle 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 Doors 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 War 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 Wall 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 Letters 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 Monastery'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 Year 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 Dispute 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 Expedition 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 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 Yorkshire 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 Farm 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 Up 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 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 Tales 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 Hominin 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 Germany 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 Teeth 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 Glory 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 Intelligence'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' 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 Auction artwork advertised the Lumière brothers’ pioneering CinématographeTue, 21 Aug 2018 16:44:59 +0000Found: A Forgotten Stretch of the Berlin Wall 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' 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 Nations 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 Deficiency 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 Indeed "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 Scots 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 Retrospective 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’ monument has sparked diplomatic tensions with JapanFri, 17 Aug 2018 15:34:39 +0000Egyptians Cracked Recipe for Embalming Resin Well Before Time of the Pharaohs 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 Tomb 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 Livestream 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 World 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 Evolve 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 Society 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 War“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 Drought 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’ 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 Years 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’ 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 Erectus 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 Norway<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 January 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 Hughes 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? 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 Tusks 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 Good 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' 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 Droughts 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 Sign 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 Holes 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 Studio 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 Women 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? 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 Autobiography 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? 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 Roosevelts 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 Hit 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 Clothing 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 Library 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 Online 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 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 Hitchcock 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 Wife 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'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 Show “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 80 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 Auction 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 Million 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 Scotland 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 Dinosaurs 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 Thought 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