Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonian feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenFri, 20 Jul 2018 20:04:41 +0000Egyptian Authorities Open Sealed Ptolemaic-Era Sarcophagus speculation about what was inside the black granite tomb has swirled since the relic was first discovered at a building site in AlexandriaThu, 05 Jul 2018 17:33:00 +0000New Evidence Smashes Assumptions of Crushing Death for Pompeii Skeleton found the intact skull of the skeleton that made headlines for being pinned beneath a giant stone blockThu, 31 May 2018 15:27:10 +0000Doubts Swirl Over Claims of Gold-Filled Russian Shipwreck is far from certain that the <i>Dmitrii Donskoi</i> would have—or could have— carried such a huge hoard of goldFri, 20 Jul 2018 20:04:41 +0000One Million British Botanical Treasures Will Be Digitized in the sprawling collection include a Chilean potato plant collected by Charles Darwin and 18th-century lavenderFri, 20 Jul 2018 19:43:49 +0000New York Museum Sorts Through Its Collections to Highlight 15 "Rebel Women" of the 1800s of the City of New York's latest exhibition puts the spotlight on these 19th-century women who defied Victorian idealsFri, 20 Jul 2018 18:42:56 +0000This Lake Tells the Story of Ecuador’s Decimated Indigenous Quijo Civilization 1541, roughly 35,000 Quijos lived in the valley. By the 1580s, they had vanished, leaving little evidence of their existence behindFri, 20 Jul 2018 16:48:02 +0000Archaeologists Find 2,000-Year-Old Wooden Bowl, Strands of Hair in Northern Scotland Iron Age artifacts were sealed in a subterranean chamber of the Cairns Broch, a tower-like stone structureFri, 20 Jul 2018 16:42:04 +0000An Early Christian Church May Have Been Found in Rome structure, inlaid with beautiful colored marble, was built around the time that Christianity began to gain widespread acceptance Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:24:19 +0000Remains of 95 African-American Forced Laborers Found in Texas deceased are believed to have been among thousands of black prisoners who were put to work as part of a post-Civil War “convict-leasing system"Thu, 19 Jul 2018 20:08:51 +0000Welcome to the Meghalayan Age, the Latest Stage in Earth’s 4.54-Billion-Year History say the stage began 4,200 years ago, when a global mega-drought devastated agricultural societiesThu, 19 Jul 2018 17:09:59 +0000NYC Fireboat Rebranded in Vibrant Dazzle Camouflage to Commemorate WWI cloaked in clashing colors, patterns attempted to confuse U-boat commanders by distorting their perception of a ship’s speed, size and locationWed, 18 Jul 2018 16:45:58 +0000Indian Supreme Court Orders Government to Restore the Taj Mahal — or Demolish It the government failed to file plans for restoring the monument, which is discolored by bug poo and pollution, the court has demanded actionTue, 17 Jul 2018 21:01:11 +0000DNA Analysis Confirms Authenticity of Romanovs' Remains Russia's fallen royal family finally receive a full burial from the Orthodox Church?Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:57:49 +0000Archaeologists Discover Evidence of Bread Baked Before Advent of Agriculture bread, which was found in northeast Jordan, dates back about 14,400 years and likely resembled modern-day wrapsTue, 17 Jul 2018 16:31:10 +0000Drought Reveals Giant, 4,500-Year-Old Irish Henge circular structure in the Boyne Valley was discovered by drone photographers searching for signs of hidden Neolithic sitesMon, 16 Jul 2018 20:55:14 +0000Mummification Workshop and Trove of Burial Relics Found in Egypt‘We are standing before a goldmine of information,’ one expert saidMon, 16 Jul 2018 18:54:13 +0000Exhibit Reveals Rings From Freud's "Secret Committee" founder of psychoanalysis handed out the rings to students, colleagues and friends who supported and spread his theoriesMon, 16 Jul 2018 18:16:25 +0000Did the Human Hand Evolve as a Lean Mean Bone-Smashing Machine? nearly 40 things Pleistocene people might have done with their hands, getting to yummy marrow requires the most force and dexterityFri, 13 Jul 2018 19:05:42 +0000Researchers Unlock Secrets of Basel Papyrus identified as a late antiquity medical document, the 2,000-year-old papyrus describes the phenomenon of female "hysterical apnea"Fri, 13 Jul 2018 17:06:25 +0000Oldest Stone Tools Outside Africa Unearthed in China artifacts date to 2.1 million years ago, potentially rewriting what we know about which species led the migration out of AfricaThu, 12 Jul 2018 20:40:22 +0000Earthquake Reveals 12th-Century Temple Hidden Within Aztec Pyramid structure, which lay buried beneath two Aztec temples for centuries, is dedicated to the rain god TlálocThu, 12 Jul 2018 19:07:30 +0000The Justice Department Has Reopened Its Investigation into the Murder of Emmett Till report states that the department received “new information” connected to the caseThu, 12 Jul 2018 17:59:03 +0000Take a VR Tour of an Egyptian Queen’s Elaborate Tomb resting place of Queen Nefertari, the favorite wife of Ramses II, is largely closed to visitors, but it can now be explored virtuallyThu, 12 Jul 2018 14:22:51 +0000Romans May Have Hunted Whales to Extinction in Their Home Waters analysis suggests that right and gray whales were not only once present in the Mediterranean Sea but likely common in the regionWed, 11 Jul 2018 20:39:14 +0000Ancient DNA Offers Insight on Origins of Southeast Asia's Present-Day Population sequenced 26 genomes using DNA samples dating as far back as 8,000 yearsWed, 11 Jul 2018 19:11:11 +0000Oldest Greek Fragment of Homer Discovered on Clay Tablet verses come from the ancient city of Olympia and date to the Roman era Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:33:52 +0000A Heat Wave is Revealing Centuries-Old Sites in Wales, dry weather creates perfect conditions for crop marks to form above historic settlements Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:22:06 +00007,000-Year-Old German Grave Shows New Side of Neolithic Brutality eight men and one woman bear signs of precisely inflicted blunt force cranial trauma, suggesting they were victims of mass executionWed, 11 Jul 2018 16:03:22 +0000Thousands of Unseen Photos Featuring Andy Warhol and Celebrity Pals to Be Digitized trove of the pop artist’s personal snapshots includes 130,000 frames, which will also be featured in an upcoming show and monographWed, 11 Jul 2018 14:43:04 +0000Particle Accelerator Reveals Hidden Faces in Damaged 19th-Century Daguerreotype Portraits an experimental X-ray fluorescence process, researchers mapped contours of the plates and produced digital copies of images previously lost to timeTue, 10 Jul 2018 18:07:04 +0000Archaeologists Unseal 17th-Century Danish Latrines to Discover Copenhageners' Dietary Habits Danish finds reveal their owners’ rich diet of fish and meat, fruits, spices—and the presence of parasites, including tapeworms and roundwormsMon, 09 Jul 2018 17:16:30 +0000Rare Photographs Put Focus on Egyptians Who Worked Alongside Carter to Excavate Tutankhamun's Tomb Burton’s 3,400 snapshots document rich array of artifacts, unseen Egyptians who contributed to the Egyptologist Howard Carter's great discoveryMon, 09 Jul 2018 16:45:57 +0000Anne Frank’s Family Tried to Escape to the United States, New Research Shows were held back by war, restrictive immigration policies and bureaucratic red tapeFri, 06 Jul 2018 18:21:58 +0000European Dogs Devastated Indigenous American Pup Populations, cultural change wiped out pre-contact populations, leaving no trace of ancient dogs’ DNA in modern counterpartsFri, 06 Jul 2018 16:20:47 +0000Two Florence Museums Are Tracing the City's 500-Year Connection to Islamic Art Uffizi explores East-West interactions between the 15th and 17th centuries; the Bargello features donations from 19th- and 20th-century collectorsThu, 05 Jul 2018 20:43:01 +0000Arsenic-Laced Books Discovered in University Library the Victorian era, the toxin was commonly found hidden in wallpaper, paints and dyes Tue, 03 Jul 2018 17:32:37 +0000Automata History Comes Alive in the 'Marvellous Mechanical Museum' new exhibition at Compton Verney features a Fabergé elephant with swinging trunk and a gigantic kinetic sculpture by Rowland EmettMon, 02 Jul 2018 20:05:29 +0000Viking Archaeological Site and Others Earn World Heritage Status trading center of Hedeby and its surrounding wall are considered one of the most significant Viking sites in Northern EuropeMon, 02 Jul 2018 19:26:51 +0000New Website Unearths Amsterdam’s History Via 700,000 Artifacts Spanning 5,000 Years recovered items span thousands of years, and include coins, cell phones, dentures and moreMon, 02 Jul 2018 17:13:41 +0000Neolithic Roadway, Possibly a Ritual Site, Discovered in England also found the skull of an extinct ox that is 2,000 years older than the trackwayMon, 02 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000Germany's "Stonehenge" Reveals Evidence of Human Sacrifice uncovered the remains of 10 women and children who may have been sacrificed at the Pömmelte enclosure, a 4,300-year-old Neolithic circleFri, 29 Jun 2018 19:55:34 +0000Newly Discovered Footage Offers Rare Glimpse of FDR Walking with polio at the age of 39, Roosevelt did not like to be photographed as he struggled to walkThu, 28 Jun 2018 17:10:35 +0000Route 66 and 10 Other Sites That Made the 2018 "Most Endangered Historic Places" List National Trust for Historic Preservation's annual list is outTue, 26 Jun 2018 19:41:54 +0000Why the Skeleton of the "Irish Giant" Could Be Buried at Sea want the bones of Charles Byrne to be buried according to his wishesTue, 26 Jun 2018 17:08:20 +0000Museum Ties Portraits of the Wealthy to Their Slaveholding Pasts signs at the Worcester Art Museum illuminate how wealthy New Englanders benefitted from the slave tradeWed, 20 Jun 2018 20:09:28 +0000The U.S. Military Has Been in Space From the Beginning the proposed branch of the armed forces may be controversial, the history of the so-called "Space Force" is longstandingTue, 19 Jun 2018 19:56:42 +0000Einstein’s Travel Diaries Reveal His Deeply Troubling Views on Race“It would be a pity if these Chinese supplant all other races,” the iconic scientist writesMon, 18 Jun 2018 14:22:55 +0000Where Did the Aztecs Get Their Turquoise? analysis shows the blue-green mineral found in Aztec art was likely mined in Mexico, not the American Southwest as previously believedFri, 15 Jun 2018 19:45:30 +0000Bacteria in Ancient Teeth Push Back Origins of the Bubonic Plague deadly disease may have been transmitted to humans at least 800 years earlier than previously believed Fri, 15 Jun 2018 19:04:10 +0000How to Hear the Met’s Historic Instruments' Singular Sounds audio recordings by the museum feature roughly 40 instruments, from Ming dynasty lute to the world’s oldest surviving pianoThu, 14 Jun 2018 14:09:18 +0000$2 Million in World War II-Era Cash Found Under Floor of Churchill's Tailor 30 bundles of £1 and £5 notes were likely stashed away amidst wartime uncertaintyThu, 14 Jun 2018 10:00:00 +0000The Unheralded Legacy of Civil Rights Leader Dorothy Cotton late activist helped organize the Birmingham marches and educated the disenfranchised about their constitutional rightsWed, 13 Jun 2018 20:05:46 +0000Why Macedonia's Government Agreed to Change the Country's Name country will now be known as the Republic of North Macedonia, bringing an end to a decades-long conflict with GreeceWed, 13 Jun 2018 18:50:46 +0000How the Brits Refuted Nazi Germany’s ‘Degenerate Art' Exhibition 1938 show celebrated works by German Expressionists, defended artists on world stageWed, 13 Jun 2018 18:07:35 +0000Inca Skull Surgeons Had Better Success Rates Than American Civil War Doctors rates among later Inca cultures was significantly higher. However, the 19th-century soldiers were facing trauma caused by industrial-age warfareWed, 13 Jun 2018 16:27:16 +0000Construction Workers Find Rare Intact Roman Tomb'The Tomb of the Athlete' includes four bodies, a coin, offerings of chicken, rabbit and lamb and strigils, the symbol of Roman sportsmenWed, 13 Jun 2018 14:46:53 +0000The Clever Way the Easter Island Statues Got Hats new analysis of the 13-ton red stone pukao show the carvings were likely rolled up ramps to the leaning statuesTue, 12 Jun 2018 19:38:06 +0000The V&A Wants Your Help Locating Vintage Mary Quant Designs Welsh fashion designer pioneered high street fashion, popularizing bright patterns, miniskirts and hot pantsMon, 11 Jun 2018 20:58:44 +0000Could This Sculpted Head Depict a Little-Known Biblical King? uncovered the enigmatic two-inch head at Abel Beth Maacah, site of an ancient crossroadsMon, 11 Jun 2018 20:21:28 +0000Step Into Scotland With Immersive AR App AR allows users to traverse Britain’s highest peak, roam the halls of Edinburgh Castle and enjoy whiskey at Highlands distilleryMon, 11 Jun 2018 20:06:36 +0000At Least 110 Confederate Monuments and Symbols Have Been Removed Since 2015 more than 1700 remain, including 772 monuments, more than 300 of which are located in Georgia, North Carolina and VirginiaFri, 08 Jun 2018 19:39:12 +0000New Evidence Shows That Humans Could Have Migrated to the Americas Along the Coast of rocks and animal bones shows Alaska's coast was glacier free around 17,000 years ago, allowing people to move south along the coastThu, 07 Jun 2018 18:55:26 +0000"Hidden" Attic in Westminster Abbey Is Opening as a Museum can view more than 300 relics from the Abbey’s 1,000-year history <i>and</i> peer out at one of the best views in EuropeThu, 07 Jun 2018 15:59:49 +0000What to Know About This Weekend's Centennial British Suffrage March 45,000 women are expected to participate in four-city procession—projected to be one of the largest collective art events in British historyThu, 07 Jun 2018 15:11:15 +0000Tate Britain Confronts the Aftershocks of World War I museum's newest exhibition explores how British, German and French artists struggle to comprehend bloody conflictWed, 06 Jun 2018 15:02:07 +0000New Clues Emerge in Search for Stolen Caravaggio nativity scene taken from Sicilian chapel in 1969 may have ended up in SwitzerlandMon, 04 Jun 2018 20:21:48 +0000This 4,000-Year-Old Jar Contains Italy's Oldest Olive Oil of oleic and linoleic acid found on a central Italy jar pushes the timeline of the substance in the region back an estimated 700 yearsMon, 04 Jun 2018 16:36:44 +000058 Years Later, Alabama Clears the Records of 29 Black Students Who Protested Segregation students sat down at the courthouse lunch counter in a non-violent demonstrationMon, 04 Jun 2018 14:33:17 +0000Remains of 14th-Century Village in New Zealand Tells Tales of Māori History excavation, which unearthed moa bones and stone tools, helps fill a gap for researchersFri, 01 Jun 2018 17:24:21 +0000The First Phase of San Antonio’s 'Latino High Line' Is Now Open Pedro Creek became a physical and metaphorical barrier between the city’s white and Latino residents. This project is looking to change thatFri, 01 Jun 2018 15:02:08 +0000Ida O’Keeffe Is Finally Getting Her First Solo Museum Exhibition O’Keeffe’s younger sister was also an artist, and this fall the Dallas Museum of Art is bringing her work into the spotlightFri, 01 Jun 2018 10:00:00 +0000For the First Time, See Historically Excluded Black Folk Artists at the Met'History Refused to Die' shows off the masterful works made by self-taught artists from the American SouthThu, 31 May 2018 18:25:38 +0000Archaeologists Uncover 20,000-Year-Old Kangaroo Cook Out site in Pilbara is one of many helping to define human movements in AustraliaThu, 31 May 2018 14:00:00 +0000Arlington Cemetery Considers New Rules for Eligibility 30 burials a day take place at the military cemetery, which is nearing capacityWed, 30 May 2018 17:29:05 +0000Exterior Cracks Force Indefinite Closure of the USS Arizona Memorial are currently assessing the damage to the iconic structure that straddles the sunken shipTue, 29 May 2018 18:19:29 +0000"Holy Grail" of Spanish Treasure Galleons Found Off Colombia <i>San José</i> went down in 1708 filled with gold, silver and gems now worth billions of dollarsFri, 25 May 2018 19:44:31 +0000How a Copper Coin Mummified a Baby's Hand preemie was buried in a jar in an medieval cemetery with a coin to "pay" for passage into heavenFri, 25 May 2018 14:33:51 +0000New Exhibition Serves Up 150 Years of Canadian Culinary History'Mixed Messages: Making and Shaping Culinary Culture in Canada' features cookbooks, photos and artifacts from the 1820s to the 1960s Fri, 25 May 2018 10:00:00 +0000Zhao Kangmin, the Archaeologist Who Pieced Together China’s Terracotta Warriors, who died earlier this month, was one of the first archaeologists on the scene when the famed relics were discovered in 1974Wed, 23 May 2018 18:54:17 +0000Hitler's Teeth Confirm He Died in 1945 first examination of Hitler's teeth permitted in 70 years shows the complicated dental work matches the Fuhrer's medical recordsTue, 22 May 2018 19:12:48 +0000