Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-history-archaeology/RSS feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenWed, 23 Jan 2019 20:34:45 +00003,000-Year-Old Quinoa Found in Ontariohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3000-year-old-quinoa-found-ontario-180971330/The batch of charred grain is the farthest north a now-extinct version of the crop has been found Wed, 23 Jan 2019 20:34:45 +0000This New Art Museum Is Housed Inside of a Swiss Cavehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-art-museum-housed-inside-swiss-cave-180971332/The brainchild of Polish art collector Grażyna Kulczyk, Muzeum Susch is a gallery "with a disruptive outlook”Wed, 23 Jan 2019 19:28:39 +0000Why a Smiling Statue of Satan Is Stirring Up Controversy in Spainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-smiling-statue-satan-stirring-controversy-spain-180971321/Some Segovian locals say the affable bust is “offensive for Catholics, because it constitutes the glorification of evil”Wed, 23 Jan 2019 14:43:51 +0000Oops: 4,500-Year-Old Stone Circle Turns Out to Be 1990s Replicahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oops-4500-year-old-stone-circle-turns-out-be-1990s-replica-180971320/Discovered in Scotland last November, the recumbent circle was made by a local farmer interested in the ancient monumentsTue, 22 Jan 2019 21:37:25 +0000Why Were Two Victorian Chess Pieces Hidden in a Barn?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-were-two-victorian-chess-pieces-hidden-barn-180971307/They may have been intended to protect the property’s human and animal inhabitants from evil spirits Fri, 18 Jan 2019 19:21:19 +0000Only Surviving Arabic Slave Narrative Written in the United States Digitized by Library of Congresshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/only-surviving-arabic-slave-narrative-united-statesdigitized-library-congress-180971298/Omar Ibn Said, a wealthy intellectual from West Africa, wrote about his capture and enslavement in AmericaFri, 18 Jan 2019 16:13:32 +0000Photographer's Innovative Pictures Captured Lesser-Seen Faces of Jim Crow Southhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-photographs-capture-life-jim-crow-south-180971293/Hugh Mangum's portraits reveal his subjects' array of emotions and defy stereotypical snapshotsFri, 18 Jan 2019 14:22:32 +0000Humans and Dogs May Have Hunted Together in Prehistoric Jordan https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-and-dogs-may-have-hunted-together-prehistoric-jordan-180971291/Bones at a settlement called Shubayqa 6 show clear signs of having been digested—but were much too large to have been eaten by humansThu, 17 Jan 2019 19:45:45 +0000Alabama Judge Overturns Law That Protected Confederate Monumentshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/alabama-judge-overturns-law-protected-confederate-monuments-180971282/The city of Birmingham was sued when it erected plywood around a Confederate memorial in a downtown parkWed, 16 Jan 2019 18:23:04 +0000Restored Mughal Gardens Bloom Once More Along Agra's Riverfronthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/restored-mugal-gardens-bloom-along-agras-riverfront-180971258/Two of the 44 original historic gardens and structures have been rescued in an ambitious conservation projectTue, 15 Jan 2019 15:35:35 +0000Celebrate the Art of Scrapbooking With This New York Exhibitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-exhibition-celebrates-art-everyday-scrapbook-180971233/The show at the Walther Collection Project Space features more than 20 volumes filled with quotidian images, scribbled notes and miscellaneous ephemeraMon, 14 Jan 2019 18:25:09 +0000Easter Island Statues May Have Marked Sources of Fresh Waterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/easter-island-statues-may-have-marked-sources-fresh-water-180971244/A spatial analysis of the island's moai and ahu seem to line up with ancient wells and coastal freshwater seepsFri, 11 Jan 2019 22:08:41 +0000Remembering "Godmother of Title IX" Bernice Sandlerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/godmother-title-ix-bernice-sandler-180971246/Sandler, often known as "Bunny," played an important role in creating the landmark legislationFri, 11 Jan 2019 21:30:39 +0000Egyptian Schoolboy's 1,800-Year-Old Lesson to Go on Displayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egyptian-schoolboys-1800-year-old-lesson-go-display-180971234/The British Library took the exercise out of storage as part of an upcoming exhibition on the history of writingFri, 11 Jan 2019 19:35:46 +0000Burials Suggest Icelandic Vikings Had a Thing for Stallionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/burials-show-icelandic-vikings-had-thing-stallions-180971195/Adding some insight into their little-known funerary practices, DNA analyses confirm that sacrificial stallions were buried in Viking gravesThu, 10 Jan 2019 19:59:22 +0000Blue Pigments in Medieval Woman’s Teeth Suggest She Was a Highly Skilled Artisthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/blue-pigments-medieval-womans-teeth-suggest-she-was-highly-skilled-artist-180971232/A new study posits the woman was licking brushes covered with pigments of lapis lazuli, a rare and expensive stone used to decorate illuminated manuscriptsThu, 10 Jan 2019 19:42:10 +0000Why British Lawmakers Are Fighting Over a Bust of Oliver Cromwellhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-british-lawmakers-are-fighting-over-bust-oliver-cromwell-180971193/It started in the fall of 2017Thu, 10 Jan 2019 16:22:40 +0000What Llama-Poop-Eating Mites Tell Us About the Rise and Fall of the Inca Empirehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-llama-poop-eating-mites-tell-us-about-rise-and-fall-inca-empire-180971206/Lake-dwelling mite populations boomed at the height of the Andean civilization but dropped following the arrival of Spanish conquistadorsWed, 09 Jan 2019 20:35:33 +0000The National Inventors Hall of Fame Announces Its 2019 Inducteeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/national-inventors-hall-fame-announces-2019-inductees-180971200/Joseph Lee, inventor of the automatic bread and breadcrumb makers, was posthumously honored alongside 18 other men and womenWed, 09 Jan 2019 16:53:56 +0000The Getty Digitizes More Than 6,000 Photos From the Ottoman Erahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/getty-has-digitized-more-6000-photos-ottoman-era-180971186/The images date to the 19th and 20th centuries, the waning days of the once-powerful empireTue, 08 Jan 2019 18:53:26 +0000Rochester's 150-Year-Old Historical Society Hit Hard by Lack of Funding https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rochesters-150-year-old-historical-society-hit-hard-lack-funding-180971176/The institution, which houses such precious relics as clothing worn by Susan B. Anthony, has furloughed its staff and suspended its programming Tue, 08 Jan 2019 15:32:14 +0000London’s Feminist Library Liveshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/londons-feminist-library-lives-180971183/A successful crowdfunding campaign saved the institution from closure and is financing its move to a new spaceMon, 07 Jan 2019 19:33:56 +0000How to Enjoy a Medieval Feast at Borthwick Castle, Former Refuge of Mary, Queen of Scotshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-night-only-you-can-enjoy-medieval-feast-borthwick-castle-former-refuge-mary-queen-scots-180971174/The special event is timed to coincide with the U.K. release of the Stuart queen's latest biopicMon, 07 Jan 2019 16:46:32 +0000Heavily Abridged ‘Slave Bible’ Removed Passages That Might Encourage Uprisingshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heavily-abridged-slave-bible-removed-passages-might-encourage-uprisings-180970989/The rare artifact is the focus of a new exhibition at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.Fri, 04 Jan 2019 20:00:59 +0000Archaeologists Identify Oldest Known Human Burial in Lower Central Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-identify-oldest-known-human-burial-lower-central-america-180971166/The unusually muscular young woman was buried in what is now Nicaragua nearly 6,000 years agoFri, 04 Jan 2019 17:39:17 +0000Archaeologists Find First-Known Temple of ‘Flayed Lord’ in Mexicohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/temple-flayed-lord-found-mexico-180971165/While the rituals associated with the site may not be entirely clear, identifying the ruins of a temple to the deity Xipe Tóte is an important discoveryThu, 03 Jan 2019 19:26:23 +0000Richard Overton, Nation's Oldest Living Combat Veteran, Dies at 112https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/richard-overton-united-states-oldest-living-wwii-veteran-dies-112-180971152/The beloved World War II vet didn't let old age stop him from enjoying his 12 daily cigars, whiskey-spiked coffee and butter pecan ice creamThu, 03 Jan 2019 17:42:01 +0000Was the World's Oldest Person Ever Actually Her 99-Year-Old Daughter?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-questions-age-worlds-oldest-woman-180971153/Jeanne Calment made history when she died at the age of 122 in 1997, but a new investigation claims her daughter actually assumed her identity in 1934Wed, 02 Jan 2019 21:54:54 +0000London Archaeologists Unearth Subterranean Georgian-Era Ice Storehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/london-archaeologists-unearth-subterranean-georgian-ice-store-180971146/The entrance to the cavernous chamber, which was used to hold ice before the advent of modern refrigeration, was covered up following the BlitzWed, 02 Jan 2019 17:18:50 +0000Laser Scan Reveals Fate of Nazi U-Boat Sunk Near Outer Banks Coasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/laser-scan-reveals-fate-wwii-u-boat-sunk-near-outer-banks-coast-180971132/The July 15, 1942, sinking of submarine U-576 resulted in the deaths of all 45 men onboardMon, 31 Dec 2018 16:18:22 +0000Museum to Be Built at Site of Nazi-Occupied France’s First Concentration Camp https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-built-site-nazi-occupied-frances-first-concentration-camp-set-open-2020-180971126/Some 16,000 Jews were detained at Pithiviers and neighboring Beaune-la-Rolande before being sent to death campsFri, 28 Dec 2018 11:00:00 +0000Simcha Rotem, Who Fought in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Has Died at 94https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/simcha-rotem-who-fought-warsaw-ghetto-uprising-has-died-94-180971118/Rotem helped survivors of the rebellion flee through the sewersThu, 27 Dec 2018 19:52:07 +0000Preserved Horse, Saddled, Harnessed and Ready to Flee, Found in Villa Outside Pompeiihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/military-commanders-horse-found-pompeii-villa-180971114/Archaeologists found ornamental pieces of a harness and saddle, suggesting the horse was ready to ride when the volcano blew its topThu, 27 Dec 2018 18:54:41 +0000This Bronze Age Regicide May Be World’s Oldest-Known Political Murderhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bronze-age-regicide-may-be-worlds-oldest-known-political-murder-180971107/The prince of Helmsdorf’s skeleton revealed three brutal injuries, including one that suggests he knew his killer and attempted to fend off the attackWed, 26 Dec 2018 17:44:56 +0000Tate Britain's Female-Led Exhibition Is a Hopeful Sign of What's to Comehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tate-britain-will-revamp-free-galleries-highlight-womens-contributions-modern-art-180971079/Will 2019 be the year more women artists get shown in art museums?Wed, 26 Dec 2018 15:15:09 +0000Germany to Compensate Child Refugees Who Escaped the Nazis on the Kindertransport to Britainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germany-will-pay-child-refugees-who-escaped-nazis-kindertransport-britain-180971078/The program brought an estimated 10,000 Jewish children from Nazi-controlled Europe to safety in Great BritainFri, 21 Dec 2018 16:02:16 +0000Christmas Card Addressed to Bletchley Codebreakers Discoveredhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-christmas-card-sent-mi6-boss-sister-bletchley-codebreakers-rediscovered-180971062/The lost holiday message features the only known photograph of operatives’ September 1938 meeting, the enigmatic “Captain Ridley’s shooting party”Wed, 19 Dec 2018 19:32:30 +0000Archaeologist Reconstructs Ruins of Tiwanaku Temple in Bolivia Using 3-D Printing Technologyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crumbling-temple-bolivia-reconstructed-3d-printing-180971047/It was like an ‘elaborate lego set,’ says UC Berkeley's Alexei VranichMon, 17 Dec 2018 18:35:50 +0000Neanderthal Genes Influence Contemporary Humans’ Skull Shape, Brain Sizehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neanderthal-genes-influence-contemporary-humans-skull-shape-brain-size-180971043/Individuals carrying these ancient ancestors' DNA are more likely to have slightly elongated, rather than rounded, brainsFri, 14 Dec 2018 22:11:11 +0000Kurt Vonnegut’s Unpublished World War II Scrapbook Reveals Origins of ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kurt-vonneguts-unpublished-world-war-ii-scrapbook-reveals-origins-slaughterhouse-five-180971046/Volume features 22 letters from author to his family, photographs of the razed city of Dresden, telegrams and news clippingsFri, 14 Dec 2018 21:07:24 +0000We Finally Know What Sank the U.S.S. San Diego During World War Ihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/we-finally-know-what-sank-uss-san-diego-during-world-war-i-180971035/After six visits to the ship and sophisticated modeling, historians have concluded that a German mine sunk the cruiser off the coast of New York in 1918Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:06:04 +0000VR Experience Lets You Join Nellie Bly on Her 72-Day Trip Around the Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-vr-experience-lets-users-join-nellie-bly-her-72-day-trip-around-world-180971034/The Newseum, Vive collaboration catalogues the intrepid reporter’s record-breaking journeyFri, 14 Dec 2018 17:06:03 +0000Cats Have Actually Grown Larger Over Time—Unlike Most Domesticated Specieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unlike-most-domesticated-species-cats-have-actually-grown-larger-over-time-180971029/Between the Viking Age and modern times, felines increased in size by 16 percentThu, 13 Dec 2018 19:04:38 +0000More Than 250 Journalists Are Languishing in Prisons Around the World, Report Sayshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-250-journalists-are-languishing-prisons-around-world-180971032/The Committee to Protect Journalists documents the worrying trend it characterizes as the "new normal"Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:17:21 +0000Chicken Bones May Be the Legacy of Our Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chicken-bones-may-be-legacy-our-time-180971027/A new study argues that the sheer abundance of chicken consumption, coupled with the strange skeletons of modern chickens, will leave a unique fingerprint Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:42:52 +0000The Goddess in the Margarine Tub Is Just One of 1,267 Treasures Found by the British Public in 2017https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/goddess-margarine-tub-just-one-treasure-found-british-public-180971026/A new report reveals the pieces voluntarily recorded with the U.K.'s Portable Antiquities Scheme last yearWed, 12 Dec 2018 22:16:12 +0000Pew Finds Social Media Has Surpassed Print Newspapers as Americans' Main News Sourcehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/survey-finds-social-media-has-surpassed-print-newspapers-americans-main-news-source-180970996/The research center says 20 percent of Americans rely on sites like Facebook, Twitter for news updates, while 16 percent cite print as main news sourceTue, 11 Dec 2018 21:34:47 +0000Sprawling Museum of Black Civilizations Opens in Senegalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sprawling-museum-black-civilizations-opens-senegal-180970976/The launch comes as Senegal is requesting the repatriation of looted artworks from FranceMon, 10 Dec 2018 15:30:41 +0000Forty Years Ago, 12.6 Million Feet of History Went Up in Smokehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/forty-years-ago-126-million-feet-history-went-smoke-180970977/Remembering the fire at a National Archives film vault that destroyed years worth of flammable nitrate film newsreelsFri, 07 Dec 2018 20:44:03 +0000Recently Deciphered 4,500-Year-Old Pillar Shows First Known Record of a Border Disputehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pillar-first-evidence-neighbors-behaving-badly-180970969/The marble stele, held in the British Museum's collections for 150 years, also includes the first known use of the term “no man’s land”Fri, 07 Dec 2018 18:34:34 +0000Berlin Exhibition Chronicles Evolution of Christmas Decorations From 19th Century to Todayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/berlin-exhibition-chronicles-evolution-christmas-ornaments-19th-century-today-180970968/Selections include swastika-adorned baubles from Nazi Germany, miniature bombs and warships popularized during World War I Fri, 07 Dec 2018 17:08:27 +0000Found Near the Thames: A Centuries-Old Skeleton, Still Wearing Thigh-High Bootshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-near-thames-centuries-old-skeleton-still-wearing-thigh-high-boots-180970952/The owner of the unusual footwear likely made his living on the waterTue, 04 Dec 2018 21:38:16 +0000No, Wait, This Is the Real Ava, a Bronze Age Woman From the Scottish Highlandshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/no-wait-real-ava-bronze-age-woman-scottish-highlands-180970950/New DNA evidence drastically changes the image of the young woman buried in Caithness 4,250 years agoTue, 04 Dec 2018 20:57:26 +0000Evidence Suggests Humans Reached "Roof of the World" 40,000 Years Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-reached-roof-world-40000-years-ago-180970941/Over 3,000 stone tools show human presence in Tibetan plateau 20,000 years before previously thoughtTue, 04 Dec 2018 11:00:00 +0000Listen Live: The First Public Performance of Music by Auschwitz I Men's Orchestra Since the Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/reconstructing-music-auschwitz-orchestra-180970915/A University of Michigan scholar unearthed the musical manuscript penned by three Polish prisoners in the archives of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State MuseumFri, 30 Nov 2018 18:35:19 +0000Relive Medieval London’s Bloody Murders With This New Interactive Death Maphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/relive-medieval-londons-bloody-murders-new-interactive-death-map-180970922/The macabre tool features tales of revenge, thwarted love, infanticide—and a urinal that drove a man to murderFri, 30 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000Why Are Fewer People Majoring in History? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-people-major-history-180970913/Since the Great Recession, the number of history majors at colleges and universities has dropped by more than 30 percentThu, 29 Nov 2018 20:05:27 +0000Stone Age Humans Feasted on Caviarhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stone-age-humans-enjoyed-rich-diet-featuring-caviar-180970918/Researchers used advanced protein analysis to identify traces of carp roe eggs left on a 6,000-year-old clay plotThu, 29 Nov 2018 16:13:26 +0000Critically Explore 17th-Century Noblewoman's Little-Known Poems Onlinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/17th-century-female-aristocrats-little-known-poems-now-available-online-180970910/Hester Pulter’s works detail chaotic political landscape of the English Civil War, scientific discoveries, theological queries, personal strugglesWed, 28 Nov 2018 20:20:10 +0000Ambitious VR Experience Restores 7,000 Roman Buildings, Monuments to Their Former Gloryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vr-experience-restores-7000-roman-buildings-monuments-their-former-glory-180970901/You can take an aerial tour of the city circa 320 A.D. or stop by specific sites for in-depth explorationWed, 28 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000Well-Preserved Female Mummy Found in Elite Egyptian Necropolis https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/well-preserved-female-mummy-found-elite-egyptian-necropolis-180970902/In a first, Egyptian authorities opened the woman’s sarcophagus in front of the international pressTue, 27 Nov 2018 21:59:24 +0000Online Portal Reveals Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s Creative Processhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-online-portal-reveals-pieter-bruegels-macabre-underdrawings-creative-process-180970889/The project’s launch coincides with a blockbuster Vienna retrospective celebrating the 450th anniversary of the Flemish old master's deathTue, 27 Nov 2018 16:06:14 +0000Berlin's Famous East Side Gallery Protected from Developmenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/berlins-east-side-gallery-protected-development-180970888/The outdoor gallery on a former section of Berlin Wall has been threatened by a building boom in recent yearsTue, 27 Nov 2018 14:27:20 +0000