Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-history-archaeology/RSS feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenTue, 20 Apr 2021 19:45:42 +0000Activist Group Will Return Stolen Confederate Monument—After Converting It Into a Toilethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/group-just-took-confederate-monument-confederate-cemeteryand-theyre-threatening-turn-it-toilet-180977441/"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 Conflicthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/world-war-i-memorial-unveiled-180977551/The 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 Heritagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cultural-heritage-historic-library-destroyed-south-africa-blaze-180977539/The 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 Mexicohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/united-states-returns-more-500-artifacts-mexico-180977535/Investigators 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 Bronzeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/major-push-museums-around-world-make-plans-repatriate-benin-bronzes-nigeria-180977519/In 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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/site-julius-caesars-assassination-will-be-transformed-open-air-museum-180977536/Rome'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 Cemeteryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-year-old-bronze-mirrors-found-china-180977534/The 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 Coasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/paleoanthropologists-find-more-80-neanderthal-footprints-spain-180977526/Some 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 Developmenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pottery-shard-may-be-missing-link-alphabets-development-180977527/An 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-did-cahokia-one-largest-pre-hispanic-cities-north-america-collapse-180977528/A 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.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/roman-ruins-yorkshire-may-be-first-their-kind-180977514/An 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unearth-1000-year-old-skeletons-buried-in-jars-180977508/Researchers 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/were-these-ancient-mesoamerican-cities-friends-they-became-foes-180977509/Ruins 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-was-17th-century-bishop-buried-fetus-180977500/The 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 Mysteryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/17th-century-coins-found-fruit-grove-solve-pirate-mystery-180977401/Amateur 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 Waleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/metal-detectorists-have-unearthed-nine-treasures-wales-1-180977475/The 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 Spirehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dozens-century-old-oak-trees-felled-rebuild-notre-dame-cathedrals-iconic-spire-180977481/French 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'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-3400-year-old-egyptian-city-180977471/Hailed 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 Monarchyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-prince-philip-modernizedand-fought-preserve-monarchy-180977479/The 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 Georgiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/someone-destroyed-1000-year-old-indigenous-art-georgias-chattahoochee-national-forest-180977453/The 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 Gloryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-3d-tour-ancient-temples-lebanon-180977451/The 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 Heritagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/los-angeles-push-preserve-black-cultural-heritage-180977445/Just 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 Composerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-portrait-acclaimed-british-painter-thomas-gainsborough-resurfaces-180977443/The 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bronze-age-slab-oldest-known-map-europe-180977439/New 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 Cairohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-egypt-paraded-22-ancient-pharaohs-through-streets-cairo-180977430/Officials 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'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/musical-time-machine-recreates-16th-century-concert-180977406/Researchers 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 Arosehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crystals-found-in-kalahari-desert-challenge-assumptions-about-where-in-africa-human-culture-arose-180977398/The 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 Nationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/native-american-remains-kept-storage-years-repatriated-mississippis-chickasaw-nation-180977394/Decades 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 Suggestshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-jews-england-kept-kosher-laws-new-finds-show-180977389/An 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 Networkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pre-columbian-llama-caravans-transported-exotic-birds-across-andes-180977379/People 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 Medicinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-digital-archive-showcases-collection-alternative-healing-methods-180977374/UCLA'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 Beddinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/iron-age-swedish-warriors-laid-rest-feather-bedding-1-180977373/Researchers 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 Peruhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mural-knife-wielding-spider-god-found-peru-180977360/Local 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-used-facial-reconstruction-technology-reveal-king-tuts-fathers-face-180977349/New 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 Artifactshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prehistoric-tools-uncovered-wales-bunnies-180977350/Rabbits 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 Plantationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/graves-enslaved-people-discovered-former-delaware-plantation-180977346/A 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' Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/el-museo-del-barrios-estamos-bien-exhibition-shows-museums-first-nationwide-survey-latinx-artists-180977335/A 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 Fabrichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-work-revive-beloved-dhaka-muslin-fabric-180977339/Dhaka 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 Salehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/paintings-prominent-feminist-activist-are-going-sale-180977324/Seven 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 Pyramidshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earliest-surviving-wood-sculpture-even-older-previously-thought-180977320/New 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 Forthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-finally-discover-remains-st-marys-fort-180977310/A 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'?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/700-year-old-snail-man-ornament-was-part-medieval-meme-180977311/The 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 Chinahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-3000-year-old-chinese-artifacts-180977294/The 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 Parkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/former-king-spain-once-dwelled-new-jersey-now-his-estate-will-become-public-park-180977289/In 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 Gameshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/greek-archaeologists-find-3000-year-old-bronze-bull-180977290/The 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 Mussolinihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1926-irish-woman-shot-benito-mussolini-and-almost-altered-history-forever-180977286/A 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 Philadelphiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/huge-first-amendment-tablet-moves-philadelphia-180977283/Weighing 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'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antislavery-newspaper-boston-university-globe-180977273/A 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 Bonehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-bone-tool-found-australia-180977274/The 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 Heritagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historic-sixteenth-century-church-mexico-burns-down-sparks-debate-about-cultural-heritage-180977266/Critics 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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-1300-year-old-skeleton-maya-diplomat-180977259/The 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 Cosmoshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-research-illuminates-how-antikythera-mechanism-first-computer-may-have-functioned-180977257/Researchers 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 Massacrehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/6200-year-old-mass-grave-suggests-evidence-indiscriminate-killing-180977249/Researchers 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 Cavehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-dead-sea-scroll-fragments-decades-found-cave-180977251/The 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 Egypthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-christian-ruins-egypt-180977241/Active 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 Ginsburghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-sculpture-brooklyn-honors-ruth-bader-ginsburg-180977245/The 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 Gardenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-palace-discovered-below-mans-back-garden-180977242/Beginning 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 Dukeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-reconstruct-faces-two-premyslid-dynasty-dukes-180977228/Researchers 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 Wifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cookbook-was-vicious-attack-oliver-cromwells-wife-180977233/The 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 Floorboardshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wartime-love-letters-discovered-underneath-floorboards-uk-180977226/Workers 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 Powerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-female-ruler-wearing-rare-diadem-180977220/Researchers 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 Deserthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/boy-finds-2500-year-old-fertility-amulet-israel-180977217/The 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 Laborhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-study-shows-medieval-women-used-birthing-belts-180977207/Researchers 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 Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hazelnut-shell-reveals-human-life-scotland-more-10000-years-ago-180977210/Amateur 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ship-unearthed-ancient-greek-helmet-near-israel-180977200/Found 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 Bookhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-book-brings-readers-centuries-tattoo-history-180977198/Celebrated 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 WWIIhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-skeletons-catholic-nuns-who-were-murdered-russian-soldiers-wwii-180977184/As 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 Coasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/storms-reveal-two-shipwrecks-englands-suffolk-coast-180977188/Archaeologists 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 Gardenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/electricians-discover-secret-medieval-tunnels-180977169/The 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 1983https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/intricate-renaissance-armor-stolen-40-years-ago-recovered-police-180977170/An 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-egyptians-took-good-care-their-pets-180977172/Excavations 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 Facehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-egyptian-papyrus-demystifies-embalming-techniques-180977147/Prior 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 Englandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unexploded-bomb-wwii-was-safely-detonated-england-180977146/Routine 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 Cavehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-solve-mystery-stone-age-head-cave-180977149/Natural 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 Childrenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/university-finds-18th-century-school-building-free-and-enslaved-black-school-children-180977127/The 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 Themhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/x-rays-and-algorithms-let-scientists-read-letters-without-unfolding-them-180977138/A 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 Manhattanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/second-long-lost-jacob-lawrence-painting-turns-manhattan-180977130/Inspired 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 Decadeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/signatures-martin-luther-king-jr-preserved-ledger-birmingham-jail-sell-auction-180977121/Two 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 Pompeiihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-find-unique-ceremonial-vehicle-near-pompeii-180977117/The 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 Detailhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-restored-pompeiian-frescoes-capture-hunting-scene-vivid-detail-180977116/Researchers 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 $500,000https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinese-bowl-someone-bought-yard-sale-35-could-sell-500000-180977109/The 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 Indiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1000-year-old-monastery-found-india-180977111/The 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 Attackhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/smithsonian-curators-discuss-artworks-damaged-violent-capitol-attacks-180977103/Rioters 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 Specieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/4600-year-old-egyptian-painting-may-show-extinct-goose-180977101/Only 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 Remainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-removed-over-160-confederate-symbols-2020-more-700-remain-180977096/Following 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 Englandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-archaeological-dig-reveals-details-about-life-iron-age-180977090/Excavations 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 Parkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/anonymous-artist-installs-bust-black-explorer-portland-180977094/The 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 Diasporahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-free-online-library-dedicated-west-africas-food-traditions-180977076/"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 Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/17000-year-old-kangaroo-painting-oldest-known-australian-rock-art-180977079/Researchers were able to date the painting using a new technique involving wasps' nestsTue, 23 Feb 2021 20:15:03 +0000How Magazines Helped Shape American Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-magazines-shaped-us-history-180977069/Explore 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 Jewelryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-metal-detectorist-discovers-hoard-1000-year-old-viking-artifacts-180977066/Buried 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 Sarcophagihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-1800-year-old-sarcophagi-may-have-held-husband-and-wife-180977068/First 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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bar-owners-discover-12th-century-bathhouse-during-renovations-180977058/The Seville establishment's owners uncovered traces of the historic structure while conducting renovationsMon, 22 Feb 2021 12:30:00 +0000