Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-history-archaeology/RSS feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenMon, 03 Aug 2020 18:20:38 +0000Arsonist Confesses to Starting Nantes Cathedral Firehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/suspected-arson-french-cathedral-destroys-organ-stained-glass-180975369/The July 18 blaze, which inflicted less damage than the devastating April 2019 inferno at Notre-Dame, destroyed the French church's organ, stained glassTue, 21 Jul 2020 11:30:00 +0000After Retiring Its Racist Name, D.C. Football Team Announces Temporary Monikerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/washington-football-team-will-retire-its-racist-name-180975281/A new title will be announced once trademark issues are resolvedMon, 13 Jul 2020 13:28:42 +0000Rare Chinese Vase Found in Pet-Filled Home Sells for $9 Millionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinese-vase-sells-more-9-million-180975465/The 18th-century artifact was made in a style specific to the Qianlong dynastyMon, 03 Aug 2020 18:20:38 +0000This Medieval Potion Kills Stubborn Bacteriahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-potion-kills-stubborn-bacteria-180975459/"Bald’s eyesalve" is effective against numerous strains of bacteria—and could help treat diabetic foot and leg ulcersMon, 03 Aug 2020 14:44:52 +0000Cape Cod Island Opens to the Public for the First Time in 300 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cape-cod-island-open-public-first-time-300-years-180975457/When Sipson Island went on the luxury real estate market in 2018, locals saw an opportunity for conservationFri, 31 Jul 2020 19:44:24 +0000Study Suggests Bones Preserved in Peat Bogs May Be at Riskhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/peat-bogs-arent-preserving-ancient-bones-well-they-used-180975449/Per the paper, archaeologists need to act quickly to recover organic material trapped in the wetlands before specimens degradeFri, 31 Jul 2020 18:31:53 +0000Archaeologists Pinpoint Origins of Stonehenge's Mysterious Megalithshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/origin-stonehenges-massive-boulders-revealed-180975450/A new study used chemical analysis to determine that the 20-ton boulders came from the West Woods, some 15 miles awayFri, 31 Jul 2020 16:43:04 +0000Explore Centuries of Brooklyn's History With These Newly Digitized Mapshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-historical-brooklyn-these-newly-digitized-maps-180975447/The Brooklyn Historical Society recently launched a portal featuring almost 1,500 documents dating back to the 17th centuryThu, 30 Jul 2020 19:13:44 +0000CT Scans Reveal Miniature Mummies' Surprising Contentshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pair-mini-mummies-contain-non-human-remains-180975443/One appears to hold the skeleton of a bird, while the other contains a tightly packed lump of grain and mudThu, 30 Jul 2020 16:31:20 +0000Woolly Mammoth Skeleton With Intact Ligaments Found in Siberian Lakehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mammoth-remains-intact-ligaments-emerge-siberian-lake-180975431/Part of the extinct animal's foot was recovered from the water with well-preserved, millennia-old soft tissueWed, 29 Jul 2020 11:30:00 +0000You Could Be the Next Owner of Ireland's 'Most Haunted House'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/loftus-hall-irelands-most-haunted-house-sale-180975429/Local legend claims that the devil visited Loftus Hall, now on sale for $2.87 million, during the 18th centuryTue, 28 Jul 2020 20:07:13 +0000New Research Reveals the Transatlantic Slave Trade's Genetic Legacy https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-reveals-brutal-genetic-legacy-slave-trade-180975423/Scientists investigated whether genetic data collected from 50,000 volunteers lined up with historical shipping manifestsTue, 28 Jul 2020 18:39:57 +000014,000-Year-Old Fossilized Poop Among Oldest Traces of Humans in North Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/14000-year-old-poop-among-oldest-traces-humans-north-america-180975426/Researchers recently confirmed that the ancient dung was indeed produced by humans, and not by animals Tue, 28 Jul 2020 16:19:16 +0000Astronomy Offers Fresh Look at Vermeer's 'View of Delft'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomy-offers-fresh-look-vermeers-view-delft-180975413/Analysis of sunlight and shadows suggests the Dutch masterpiece portrays the city around 8 a.m. in early September 1659 or 1658Tue, 28 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000Olivia de Havilland, Star of Hollywood's Golden Age, Dies at 104https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/olivia-de-havilland-star-hollywoods-golden-age-dies-104-180975419/The actress is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Melanie Hamilton in "Gone With the Wind"Mon, 27 Jul 2020 19:49:48 +0000Police Confiscate Roman Amphorae Found Stashed in Spanish Seafood Shophttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/roman-amphorae-found-spanish-seafood-shop-180975410/The store owner's son allegedly discovered the 13 clay vessels on fishing trips and brought them back as decorationsMon, 27 Jul 2020 16:26:18 +0000Former Nazi Concentration Camp Guard Convicted as Accessory in 5,230 Murdershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germany-convicts-former-ss-guard-juvenile-court-180975411/Defendant Bruce Dey, now 93, oversaw prisoners at Stutthof in Poland from August 1944 to April 1945Mon, 27 Jul 2020 14:25:55 +0000The Legend, the History and the Science Behind Seattle's New Hockey Team Namehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seattles-new-hockey-team-dubbed-kraken-180975407/NHL fans, meet the Seattle Kraken—named for a mythical beast that may have been inspired by the very real giant squidFri, 24 Jul 2020 18:16:32 +0000Sierra Club Grapples With Founder John Muir’s Racismhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sierra-club-grapples-founder-john-muirs-racism-180975404/The organization calls out Muir’s racist statements and pledges to diversify leadership and deepen environmental justice initiativesFri, 24 Jul 2020 17:26:56 +0000A New London Tube Map Will Highlight Women and Nonbinary Peoplehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coming-soon-london-tube-map-names-women-and-nonbinary-people-who-made-history-180975403/Co-organizers Emma Watson and Reni Eddo-Lodge drew inspiration from a 2016 project centered on the New York City subwayFri, 24 Jul 2020 14:29:45 +0000Can You Help Identify This Museum's Mystery Artifacts?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-museum-needs-help-identifying-mystery-objects-180975393/A Manchester-based science institution has a backlog of unusual objects in need of classificationFri, 24 Jul 2020 11:30:00 +0000Archaeology Student Finds Viking Trading Post in Norwayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeology-student-finds-viking-trading-post-norway-180975391/Artifacts unearthed at the site include jewelry, coins and pieces of silverFri, 24 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000Did the Ancient Greeks Design Temples With Accessibility in Mind?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-ancient-greeks-design-temples-accessibility-mind-180975392/Study suggests ramps found at ancient sites may have been used by people with disabilities, but some scholars remain skepticalThu, 23 Jul 2020 11:30:00 +0000Centuries-Old Paintings Help Researchers Track Food Evolutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-paintings-can-teach-us-about-evolution-food-180975381/Art inadvertently documents the domestication of carrots, wheat, watermelon and other culinary delightsThu, 23 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000See Archaeological Treasures Unearthed by U.K. Residents During Lockdownhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uk-residents-make-archaeological-discoveries-lockdown-180975379/Finds include a Neolithic arrowhead, a snake-shaped belt hook and shards of Roman potteryWed, 22 Jul 2020 15:50:22 +0000New Research Suggests Bloodletting, Pneumonia Killed Raphaelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/raphael-died-respiratory-infection-and-bloodletting-180975384/The artist failed to disclose his late-night outings to physicians, leading them to misdiagnose his illnessWed, 22 Jul 2020 14:30:57 +0000Historic Brooklyn Cemetery Seeks Its First Artist-in-Residencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-could-be-first-artist-residence-historic-green-wood-cemetery-180975377/Green-Wood is the final resting place of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Louis Comfort Tiffany, among othersWed, 22 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000Centuries-Old Gardening Hoes Made of Bison Bone Found in Canadahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gardening-hoes-made-bison-scapulae-found-canada-180975372/The tools provide evidence that the region's Indigenous population practiced agriculture pre-European contactTue, 21 Jul 2020 16:41:41 +0000You Can Now Explore All 48,000 Panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt Onlinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aids-memorial-quilt-now-online-180975370/The commemorative quilt weighs 54 tons and spans 1.2 million square feetTue, 21 Jul 2020 15:09:29 +0000Evidence of Enormous Temples Found at Northern Ireland's Navan Forthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/evidence-huge-temples-found-irelands-navan-fort-180975364/Non-invasive survey reveals traces of Iron Age religious structures, early medieval royal residencesMon, 20 Jul 2020 16:39:22 +0000You Could Help Curate This Ambitious Timeline of Food Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/food-timeline-180975359/The family of Lynne Olver, the librarian who launched the online portal in 1999, needs help keeping her legacy aliveFri, 17 Jul 2020 20:43:34 +0000This Ancient Greek Shipwreck Is Now an Underwater Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-greek-shipwreck-opens-undersea-museum-180975352/The Peristera, a cargo vessel loaded with thousands of amphorae, sank in the Aegean Sea around 500 B.C.Fri, 17 Jul 2020 17:44:50 +0000New Research Reveals Surprising Origins of Egypt's Hyksos Dynastyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-foreign-takeover-ancient-egypt-was-uprising-not-invasion-180975354/An analysis of ancient tooth enamel suggests the enigmatic ancients were immigrants, not invadersFri, 17 Jul 2020 15:54:13 +0000Do These 10,000-Year-Old Flint Artifacts Depict Human Figures?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/10000-year-old-flint-objects-may-be-human-figurines-180975325/Archaeologists say the objects' grooves evoke the hips and the narrowing of the neck around the shouldersThu, 16 Jul 2020 17:14:34 +0000Massachusetts' Plimoth Plantation Will Change Its Namehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massachusetts-plimoth-plantation-change-its-name-180975323/The new moniker will incorporate the Mashpee Wampanoag name for the region: PatuxetThu, 16 Jul 2020 14:54:41 +0000Aztec Palace and House Built by Hernán Cortés Unearthed in Mexico Cityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aztec-palace-unearthed-180975319/The Spanish conquistador's home stood on the site of the razed royal residenceWed, 15 Jul 2020 19:44:45 +00001.4-Million-Year-Old Ax Made of Hippo Bone Found in Ethiopiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/14-million-year-old-hippo-bone-hand-axe-found-ethiopia-180975314/Thought to have been made by Homo erectus, the implement adds range and sophistication to the bipedal hominin's toolkitWed, 15 Jul 2020 16:35:30 +0000Iron Age Murder Victim's Skeleton Found in Englandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/skeleton-iron-age-murder-victim-and-more-uncovered-english-farm-180975308/The man was buried with his hands bound together at the waistTue, 14 Jul 2020 18:24:08 +0000Millennia-Old Rock Art in Israel Offers Window Into Lost Culturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/4000-year-old-rock-art-israel-offers-window-lost-culture-180975306/The carvings depict animals, geometric designs and what may be a human faceTue, 14 Jul 2020 14:53:47 +0000Hawaiian Chief's Cloak and Helmet Repatriated After 241 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cloak-helmet-hawaii-captain-cook-180975298/A New Zealand museum initially returned the artifacts, given to Captain James Cook in 1779, on a long-term loan in 2016Tue, 14 Jul 2020 11:30:00 +0000Turkey Controversially Converts Hagia Sophia From Museum Into Mosquehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/turkey-turns-hagia-sophia-museum-mosque-drawing-criticism-180975300/The move has attracted criticism from Unesco, Pope Francis, the Russian Orthodox Church and othersMon, 13 Jul 2020 18:09:39 +0000In Ancient Kazakhstan, Nomadic Herders Kept Their Toothless Pet Cat Alivehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1000-years-ago-nomadic-herders-kept-their-toothless-pet-cat-alive-180975292/An assessment of the 1,000-year-old feline's bones suggest it wouldn’t have been able to survive without human careMon, 13 Jul 2020 15:22:15 +0000What a New Supreme Court Decision Means for Native American Sovereigntyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scotus-rules-much-eastern-oklahoma-native-reservation-180975289/The landmark ruling upholds the sanctity of treaties between the United States and American Indians—to a certain pointFri, 10 Jul 2020 19:36:38 +0000New Research Suggests Humans Invented String at Least 120,000 Years Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-suggests-humans-invented-string-least-120000-years-ago-180975286/Marks found on ancient shells indicate that they were laced together to create necklacesFri, 10 Jul 2020 15:45:15 +0000Tesla's Patents, Einstein's Letters and an Enigma Machine Are Up for Auctionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/teslas-patents-einsteins-letters-and-enigma-machine-auction-180975283/Christie's Eureka! sale features personal and academic objects owned by 20th-century scientistsFri, 10 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000Researchers Digitally Reconstruct Thomas Becket's Razed Canterbury Cathedral Shrinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-digitally-reconstruct-thomas-beckets-lost-canterbury-cathedral-shrine-180975280/The model, centered around the medieval saint's golden casket, is now available to view onlineThu, 09 Jul 2020 17:09:47 +0000Snail Shells Date England's Cerne Abbas Giant to Medieval, Not Prehistoric, Erahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/snail-shells-reveal-englands-180-foot-cerne-abbas-giant-not-prehistoric-180975274/Researchers are conducting additional testing aimed at confirming the chalk figure's age and originsThu, 09 Jul 2020 15:02:00 +0000National Gallery of Art Acquires Its First Painting by a Native American Artisthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jaune-quick-see-smith-national-gallery-native-american-180975270/Jaune Quick-to-See Smith's work addresses questions of identity and appropriationThu, 09 Jul 2020 13:05:28 +0000How Did the Norman Conquest Change English Cuisine?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-norman-conquest-england-ate-more-pork-180975268/After the invasion of 1066, pork and possibly chicken spiked in popularityWed, 08 Jul 2020 16:10:30 +0000This AR Artwork Reimagines Historical Spaces Across the U.S.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ar-artwork-rethinks-historical-spaces-180975263/Nancy Baker Cahill's red, white and blue "Liberty Bell" rings over sites in six major citiesWed, 08 Jul 2020 14:27:12 +0000Explore a 5,000-Year-Old Welsh Tomb Recreated in Minecraft https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-5000-year-old-welsh-tomb-recreated-minecraft-180975265/The virtual world now boasts a cube-based recreation of Bryn Celli Ddu in its heydayWed, 08 Jul 2020 10:00:00 +0000An Underwater Cave Once Hosted the Americas' Oldest Known Ocher Minehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-ocher-mine-western-hemisphere-found-underwater-cave-180975258/Humans have valued the rich red pigment for hundreds of thousands of yearsTue, 07 Jul 2020 15:53:23 +0000How the Uffizi Gallery Is Highlighting Black Figures in Renaissance Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uffizi-gallery-highlight-black-figures-renaissance-art-180975256/Each Saturday, the Florentine museum will release a new educational video on TikTok and FacebookTue, 07 Jul 2020 10:00:00 +0000Divers Find 16th-Century Shipwreck Off Coast of Northern Italyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/16th-century-italian-shipwreck-found-near-portofino-180975248/The vessel may be the "Santo Spirito & Santa Maria di Loreto," which sank in the vicinity in 1579Mon, 06 Jul 2020 16:37:12 +0000Second Brazilian Museum Fire in Two Years Sparks Calls for Reformhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brazil-natural-history-museum-destroyed-fire-180975249/Authorities are assessing the damage caused by a June 15 blaze at the Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden in Belo HorizonteMon, 06 Jul 2020 15:23:48 +0000Why Did the Maya Abandon the Ancient City of Tikal?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/maya-abandoned-city-tikal-researchers-may-now-know-why-180975242/New research suggests mercury and toxic algae poisoned the settlement's reservoirsThu, 02 Jul 2020 18:29:48 +0000Paris Exhibition Recreates Pompeii's Final Hourshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-ancient-pompeii-new-exhibit-paris-and-online-180975243/Those unable to visit the show in person can access a trove of online resources related to the immersive experienceThu, 02 Jul 2020 16:24:46 +0000Renovations at Historic York Guildhall Reveal Human Remains, Roman Artifactshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-remains-roman-hairpins-and-more-discovered-under-historic-york-guildhall-180975238/Ongoing work at the 15th-century municipal building has yielded an array of archaeological findsThu, 02 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000Archaeologists Unearth 16th-Century Children's Cemetery in Polandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/over-100-skeletons-mostly-children-found-16th-century-poland-graveyard-180975234/Some of the deceased were buried with coins in their mouths as payment for Charon, ferryman of the underworldWed, 01 Jul 2020 16:05:17 +0000Early Residents of the Pacific Northwest Smoked Smooth Sumachttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pacific-northwest-tribes-smoked-smooth-sumac-1400-years-ago-180975233/Researchers used a new technique to detect the chemical fingerprints of specific plant species in a 1,400-year-old pipe's residueWed, 01 Jul 2020 15:10:19 +0000Newly Discovered Portrait May Be Oldest Known Image of Māori Personhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-portrait-might-be-oldest-known-image-maori-person-180975227/The photo depicts Hemi Pomara, who was kidnapped and "exhibited" by British colonialists in London during the 1840sWed, 01 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000See the Face of a Man Whose Skull Was Mounted on a Stake 8,000 Years Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/8000-years-ago-mans-skull-was-mounted-stake-180975218/A forensic artist used 3-D scans of the hunter-gatherer's cranium to envision what he may have looked like in lifeTue, 30 Jun 2020 17:25:31 +0000Roman-Era Structures Found Near Sphinx-Lined Egyptian Avenuehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unearth-roman-empire-era-structures-under-egyptian-road-180975222/Excavations at Kebbash Road revealed circular ovens, a mud-brick wall and a sandstone wallTue, 30 Jun 2020 15:37:25 +0000Remains Discovered in Parisian Chapel May Belong to Guillotined Aristocratshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-remains-discovered-parisian-chapel-might-have-been-guillotined-nobility-180975215/New research suggests the bodies of nearly 500 nobles beheaded during the Reign of Terror are buried in Chapelle ExpiatoireTue, 30 Jun 2020 11:00:00 +0000How an Alaskan Volcano Is Linked to the Decline of the Roman Republichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-do-alaskan-volcano-and-julius-caesar-have-common-180975213/New research suggests Mount Okmok's eruption in 43 B.C. sparked extreme weather halfway across the worldMon, 29 Jun 2020 17:43:41 +0000Disney Will Overhaul Controversial Splash Mountain Ridehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/disney-will-completely-reimagine-controversial-splash-mountain-ride-180975198/The attraction, based on the racist 1946 movie "Song of the South," will now celebrate "The Princess and the Frog"Mon, 29 Jun 2020 16:22:15 +0000Archaeologists Unearth Trove of Artifacts From 19th-Century Australian Chinatownhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-find-artifacts-brisbanes-first-chinatown-180975203/Chinese immigrants created a community in the Frog's Hollow neighborhood of BrisbaneMon, 29 Jun 2020 14:50:35 +0000Local Man Finds 2,000-Year-Old Roman Lead Ingot in Welsh Fieldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-year-old-hunk-roman-lead-found-wales-180975187/Rob Jones' discovery adds a tangible piece of evidence to the history of mining in Roman BritainFri, 26 Jun 2020 16:55:38 +0000Early Short Story by Louisa May Alcott Published for the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-louisa-may-alcotts-earliest-stories-published-first-time-180975190/The "Little Women" author wrote "Aunt Nellie's Diary" in 1849, when she was 17 years oldFri, 26 Jun 2020 15:28:04 +0000New Digital Archive Explores 133 Years of African American Funeral Programshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-133-years-african-american-funeral-programs-new-digitized-archive-180975185/The online resource offers a veritable treasure trove of information for historians and genealogists Thu, 25 Jun 2020 20:01:04 +0000Newly Excavated Viking Dwelling May Be Oldest Found in Icelandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/viking-dwelling-iceland-may-be-oldest-ever-found-180975176/Archaeologists say the settlement, which may have housed a Norse chieftain, dates to roughly 800 A.D.Thu, 25 Jun 2020 15:59:22 +0000Archaeologists Discover Enormous Ring of Ancient Pits Near Stonehengehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ring-neolithic-pits-discovered-stonehenge-landscape-180975164/The buried shafts may represent the largest prehistoric structure ever found in Great BritainWed, 24 Jun 2020 15:21:30 +0000Was Beethoven Black? Probably Not, but These Unsung Composers Werehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/was-beethoven-black-and-why-might-be-wrong-question-ask-180975159/A music scholar examines the history of the decades-old theory, and what its permanence tells us about who is considered 'canon' in classical musicTue, 23 Jun 2020 15:29:03 +0000Centuries-Old Hindu Temple Unearthed in Indiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/centuries-old-hindu-temple-unearthed-india-180975160/The 200-year-old structure had been buried by sand for 80 years until local miners rediscovered itTue, 23 Jun 2020 12:30:00 +0000A Construction Project Reveals Whale Bones Beneath a Road in Scotlandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/construction-project-reveals-whale-bones-beneath-road-scotland-180975146/Thought to have come from a large male sperm whale, they may be remnants of the whaling industry that once operated out of Edinburgh’s portTue, 23 Jun 2020 11:30:00 +0000How to Livestream Stonehenge's Summer Solstice Celebrationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-livestream-stonehenges-summer-solstice-celebrations-180975144/Annual event at the Neolithic monument will be broadcast virtually in place of an in-person gatheringFri, 19 Jun 2020 19:49:51 +0000National Archives Locates Handwritten Juneteenth Orderhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/national-archives-locates-handwritten-juneteenth-order-180975143/On June 19, 1865, the decree informed the people of Texas that enslaved individuals were now freeFri, 19 Jun 2020 18:16:21 +0000DNA Extracted From Ancient 'Irish Pharaoh' May Reveal Royal Incesthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/5200-year-old-dna-may-reveal-royal-incest-ancient-ireland-180975141/New analysis of elite man buried in Stone Age monument suggests he was the product of either a brother-sister or parent-child pairingFri, 19 Jun 2020 15:57:44 +0000Forgotten Antietam Battlefield Map Shows Locations of Thousands of Graveshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/forgotten-antietam-battlefield-map-shows-locations-hundreds-graves-180975134/The Union and Confederate soldiers buried at the site of the 1862 clash were later moved to nearby cemeteriesFri, 19 Jun 2020 11:30:00 +0000Quaker Oats to Retire Aunt Jemima After Acknowledging Brand's Origins as 'Racial Stereotype'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/quaker-oats-will-retire-aunt-jemima-logo-180975127/The breakfast line's rebranding arrives amid widespread protests against systemic racism and police brutalityThu, 18 Jun 2020 19:22:32 +0000Nearly 2,000 Black Americans Were Lynched During Reconstructionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nearly-2000-black-americans-were-lynched-during-reconstruction-180975120/A new report brings the number of victims of racial terror killings between 1865 and 1950 to almost 6,500Thu, 18 Jun 2020 15:09:46 +0000Fisherman Finds Suspected Medieval Statue in Spanish Riverbedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fisherman-discovers-700-year-old-statue-spanish-riverbed-180975114/Researchers think the religious icon, which depicts the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus, is about 700 years oldThu, 18 Jun 2020 11:00:00 +0000Activists Try to Remove African Artifact From Paris Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/protesters-remove-african-artifact-exhibit-paris-museum-180975110/Protesters demanding the repatriation of looted objects seized a funeral pole on view at the Musée du Quai Branly–Jacques ChiracWed, 17 Jun 2020 18:26:13 +0000Evidence of Early Bow-and-Arrow Hunting Discovered in Sri Lankahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/proposed-earliest-traces-bow-and-arrow-hunting-eurasia-found-sri-lanka-180975112/If confirmed, the 48,000-year-old find will be the oldest known instance of bowhunting outside of AfricaWed, 17 Jun 2020 16:45:21 +0000Lost African American Cemetery Found Under Florida Parking Lothttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-african-american-cemetery-re-discovered-under-florida-parking-lot-180975109/The discovery marks the fourth forgotten black graveyard identified in the Tampa Bay area in the past yearWed, 17 Jun 2020 15:13:44 +0000Drought Reveals Traces of Ancient Roman Structures in Waleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/traces-roman-conquest-revealed-drought-180975101/Archaeologists used aerial photographs to discover previously unknown forts and roads in water-starved fields across the countryTue, 16 Jun 2020 11:30:00 +0000Wreck of John F. Kennedy's World War II Patrol Boat Recoveredhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/boat-salvaged-harlem-river-was-likely-commanded-john-f-kennedy-180975100/The future president took over command of PT-59 after his first ship, PT-109, sank in 1943Tue, 16 Jun 2020 11:00:00 +000015,000 Years Ago, Humans in Israel Ate Snakes and Lizardshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-humans-israel-ate-snakes-and-lizards-15000-years-ago-180975095/Snacking on reptiles may have helped these prehistoric people adapt to living in more permanent settlementsMon, 15 Jun 2020 16:50:10 +0000France Seeks Proposals for Memorial to Victims of Slavery https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/france-seeks-proposals-paris-memorial-victims-slavery-180975097/Currently, Paris is home to just one significant monument recognizing the country's history of enslavementMon, 15 Jun 2020 15:09:25 +0000Archaeologists Discover Details of Buried Roman City Without Digginghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-use-radar-uncover-details-buried-roman-city-without-digging-180975090/Ground-penetrating radar revealed Falerii Novi's elaborate architecture, including a bath complex, theater and network of water pipesFri, 12 Jun 2020 17:42:09 +0000Ancient Roman Board Game Found in Norwegian Burial Moundhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-roman-board-game-unearthed-norway-180975082/Researchers unearthed a four-sided dice and 18 circular tokensFri, 12 Jun 2020 15:17:26 +0000Christopher Columbus Statues Beheaded, Pulled Down Across Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/christopher-columbus-statues-beheaded-torn-down-180975079/Protesters in three U.S. cities targeted sculptures of the Italian explorer and colonizerFri, 12 Jun 2020 11:30:00 +0000Renovations Reveal Rare Maya Murals Hidden in Guatemalan Homehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-mayan-murals-discovered-guatemalan-house-180975074/The wall paintings may chart the decline of Spanish colonial influence and resurgence of indigenous cultureThu, 11 Jun 2020 18:30:26 +0000After Hundreds of Years, Unknown Woman in Tudor Portrait Identified as Mary Boleynhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-hundreds-years-unknown-woman-tudor-painting-was-identified-180975071/New evidence suggests the painting depicts Anne Boleyn's older sister, the one-time mistress of Henry VIIIThu, 11 Jun 2020 14:23:29 +0000Archaeologists Unearth Traces of What May Be London's Oldest Theaterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unearth-londons-first-theater-red-lion-180975069/Experts identified the Red Lion's location using details from two 16th-century lawsuitsThu, 11 Jun 2020 11:00:00 +0000Former Nazi Submarine Base Transformed Into Digital Art Galleryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nazi-submarine-base-becomes-digital-art-gallery-180975066/The concrete bunker once housed Axis U-boats. Now, it features floor-to-ceiling projections of works by Gustav Klimt, Paul KleeWed, 10 Jun 2020 15:50:43 +0000The National Library of Israel Will Digitize 2,500 Rare Islamic Manuscriptshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/national-library-israel-begins-digitization-2500-rare-manuscripts-180975064/The cultural institution estimates that the process will take three years to completeWed, 10 Jun 2020 14:31:12 +0000British Protesters Throw Statue of Slave Trader Into Bristol Harborhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/protesters-throw-slavers-statue-bristol-harbor-make-waves-across-britain-180975060/The event has ignited a debate over Edward Colston's place in the English city's historyWed, 10 Jun 2020 11:00:00 +0000Decade-Long Search for Rocky Mountain Treasure Yields Trove Worth $2 Millionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/treasure-hidden-rocky-mountains-found-180975054/Nine clues embedded in a 24-line poem led to art dealer Forrest Fenn's hidden chest of gold, gems and rare artifactsTue, 09 Jun 2020 15:36:04 +0000Confederate Monuments Are Coming Down Across the Countryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/confederate-monuments-across-country-coming-down-180975052/As protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd continue, statues commemorating controversial historical figures are being removed from U.S. citiesTue, 09 Jun 2020 12:30:00 +0000A Prayer Book Owned by Mary, Queen of Scots, Is Up for Salehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mary-queen-scots-illustrated-and-inscribed-prayer-book-goes-auction-180975051/The ill-fated monarch inscribed the gift from her great-aunt with an affectionate inscriptionTue, 09 Jun 2020 11:00:00 +0000The Last Person to Receive a Civil War Pension Dies at Age 90https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/last-person-receive-civil-war-pension-dies-180975049/Irene Triplett, whose father defected from the Confederate Army and enlisted with the Union, collected $73.13 a monthMon, 08 Jun 2020 14:58:36 +0000'Just Mercy' Is Streaming for Free This Month to Educate Viewers on Systemic Racismhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stream-just-mercy-free-june-180975044/The 2019 film, which chronicles criminal justice reform in Alabama, stars Michael B. Jordan as lawyer Bryan StevensonMon, 08 Jun 2020 11:00:00 +0000Ancient DNA Helps Unlock Dead Sea Scroll Puzzlehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-dna-helps-unlock-dead-sea-scroll-puzzle-180975041/The bulk of the 'scrolls' are actually 25,000 fragments and genetic analysis is now helping researchers piece them togetherFri, 05 Jun 2020 19:52:48 +0000See a Newly Colorized Photograph of Charles Dickenshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/colorized-photos-charles-dickens-dickens-museum-london-180975043/The image, set to go on view once London museums are allowed to reopen, shows off the prolific author's playful fashion senseFri, 05 Jun 2020 18:32:49 +0000Sir Isaac Newton's Prescription for Plague? Toad Vomit Lozengeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sir-isaac-newtons-plague-prescription-toad-vomit-lozenges-180975039/Handwritten notes detailing the British polymath's unsavory treatment are now up for auctionFri, 05 Jun 2020 15:58:54 +0000Aerial Survey Identifies Oldest, Largest Maya Structure Ever Found in Mexicohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/largest-and-oldest-maya-structure-found-mexico-lidar-180975037/The platform stands between 33 and 50 feet tall and measures almost a mile longFri, 05 Jun 2020 14:37:38 +0000