Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-history-archaeology/RSS feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenFri, 23 Aug 2019 16:43:37 +0000Sadie Roberts-Joseph, Slain Activist, Showed How Museums Can Raise Up Their Communitieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/death-sadie-roberts-joseph-founder-louisiana-african-american-museum-ruled-homicide-180972659/Baton Rouge police described the museum founder, whose death has been ruled a homicide, as a 'tireless advocate of peace'Tue, 16 Jul 2019 18:59:52 +0000New Stained Glass Is Coming to Germany’s Oldest Monasteryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gerhard-richter-set-design-stained-glass-germanys-oldest-monastery-180972986/Gerhard Richter is set to design a trio of windows for the Benedictine Tholey AbbeyFri, 23 Aug 2019 16:43:37 +0000500-Year-Old Inca Mummy Repatriated to Boliviahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/500-year-old-inca-mummy-repatriated-bolivia-180972966/Dubbed Ñusta, or 'Princess,' the mummy represents the first archaeologically significant set of remains to be repatriated to the Andean countryThu, 22 Aug 2019 17:38:59 +0000The Titanic Is Being Reclaimed by the Seahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/titanic-being-reclaimed-sea-180972963/The first manned survey of the ship in 14 years reveals parts of the vessel have rusted away, including the crow's nest, captain's quarters and poop deckThu, 22 Aug 2019 16:26:56 +0000Bronx Exhibition Spotlights Alvin Baltrop, Photographer Who Documented Manhattan’s Underground Queer Communityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bronx-exhibition-spotlights-alvin-baltrop-photographer-who-documented-manhattans-underground-queer-community-180972955/Baltrop took thousands of snapshots at New York's West Side Piers between 1975 and 1986Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:15:32 +0000The Term ‘Museum’ May Be Getting Redefinedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/experts-are-divided-over-proposed-redefinition-museum-180972943/But experts are divided on the proposed new definitionTue, 20 Aug 2019 18:05:55 +00003-D Map to Digitize Part of Carlsbad Caverns Down to the Millimeterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3-d-map-capture-35-miles-carlsbad-caverns-down-millimeter-180972932/The National Parks Service is also compiling a modern cultural history of the cavernsMon, 19 Aug 2019 20:48:52 +0000See the Face of Hilda, a Toothless Iron Age Druid Womanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-face-hilda-toothless-iron-age-druid-woman-180972931/A Scottish university student has recreated Hilda's likeness out of waxMon, 19 Aug 2019 19:31:43 +0000Paris Basement Used as WWII Resistance Headquarters Transformed Into Museum Centerpiecehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/paris-basement-used-wwii-resistance-headquarters-transformed-museum-centerpiece-180972930/The soon-to-open museum also explores the lives of Resistance leaders Jean Moulin and General LeclercMon, 19 Aug 2019 18:04:11 +0000See Scrap of Cloth Believed to Be From Elizabeth I’s Only Surviving Dresshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scrap-cloth-representing-elizabeth-is-only-surviving-dress-set-go-view-180972919/The fabric, set to go on view, was previously used as an altar cloth in a small village churchThu, 15 Aug 2019 16:50:00 +0000A 17th-Century Ode to Salads Is Heading to Auctionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/17th-ode-salads-heading-auction-180972909/'Acetaria' celebrates the healthful benefits of meatless dining Thu, 15 Aug 2019 10:00:00 +0000A Sorceress's Kit Was Discovered in the Ashes of Pompeiihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sorceresss-kit-was-discovered-ashes-pompeii-180972907/The box of small trinkets was likely used to perform fertility and love rituals and to look for omens about birth and pregnancyWed, 14 Aug 2019 17:04:48 +0000Notre-Dame Restoration Delayed Due to Lead Poisoning Concernshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/notre-dame-restoration-delayed-due-lead-poisoning-concerns-180972895/Work is set to continue next week with more stringent safety protocols, decontamination unitsTue, 13 Aug 2019 17:00:09 +0000J.D. Salinger’s Work Is Coming to E-Readers for the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jd-salingers-work-coming-e-readers-first-time-180972883/The author’s longtime publishing company will release four e-books in AugustMon, 12 Aug 2019 14:51:59 +0000Cleopatra May Have Once Smelled Like This Recreated Perfumehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/may-be-what-cleopatra-smelled-180972854/A team sought to replicate ancient Egypt's most famous perfumes based on residue found in old bottlesFri, 09 Aug 2019 13:57:34 +0000This Bread Was Made Using 4,500-Year-Old Egyptian Yeasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bread-was-made-using-4500-year-old-egyptian-yeast-180972842/After extracting the dormant yeast from cooking vessels, an amateur gastroegyptologist used ancient grains to recreate an Old Kingdom loafThu, 08 Aug 2019 17:24:13 +0000Toni Morrison, ‘Beloved’ Author Who Cataloged the African-American Experience, Dies at 88https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toni-morrison-beloved-author-who-catalogued-african-american-experience-dies-88-180972833/'She changed the whole cartography of black writing,' says Kinshasha Holman Conwill of the National Museum of African American History and CultureTue, 06 Aug 2019 19:28:20 +0000Remembering Dorothy Toy, a Dazzling Asian-American Tap Dance Starhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remembering-dorothy-toy-dazzling-asian-american-dance-star-180972819/She and her dance partner Paul Wing appeared together as stars of stage and screen, but they were not immune to prejudicial attitudesMon, 05 Aug 2019 20:38:00 +0000Future Graffiti Additions to Prague’s John Lennon Wall Will Be Strictly Regulatedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/future-graffiti-additions-pragues-john-lennon-wall-will-be-strictly-regulated-180972816/Local authorities are introducing security measures in response to vandalism, obscene graffitiMon, 05 Aug 2019 16:52:11 +0000New England 'Vampire' Was Likely a Farmer Named Johnhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-englands-mystery-vampire-was-likely-farmer-named-john-180972815/In 1990, archaeologists discovered a corpse that had been disturbed during the Great New England Vampire PanicMon, 05 Aug 2019 16:50:04 +0000The Six Wives of Henry VIII Are Coming to Broadwayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thoroughly-modern-musical-about-henry-viiis-six-wives-coming-broadway-180972799/In 'Six,' the Tudor queens get a chance to share their side of the storyMon, 05 Aug 2019 13:20:47 +0000Why John Dillinger’s Relatives Want to Exhume His Bodyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-john-dillingers-relatives-want-exhume-his-body-180972801/They suspect that the man killed by federal agents in 1934 was not, in fact, the outlaw, but a Dillinger expert dismisses the theory as 'total nonsense'Fri, 02 Aug 2019 19:38:11 +0000Fragment of 'The Rose Thorn,' a Poem About a Talking Vulva, Dated to the 1300shttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-talking-vulva-poem-dates-1300s-180972775/The section of the erotic Medieval fantasy was found in the binding of book in Austria's Melk monasteryFri, 02 Aug 2019 16:59:56 +0000This Ancient Roman Souvenir Stylus Is Inscribed With a Corny Jokehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-roman-souvenir-stylus-inscribed-corny-joke-180972792/Loosely translated, the message reads, ‘I went to Rome and all I got you was this stylus’Thu, 01 Aug 2019 17:59:14 +0000This Iron Age Celtic Woman Was Buried in a Hollowed-Out Tree Trunkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/iron-age-celtic-woman-was-buried-hollowed-out-tree-trunk-180972773/The woman performed little physical labor during her lifetime and enjoyed a rich diet of starchy and sweetened foodsWed, 31 Jul 2019 18:06:24 +0000New Markers in Atlanta Aim to Put Confederate Monuments in Contexthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-markers-atlanta-aim-put-confederate-monuments-context-180972767/The city is installing the historical markers next to four of its most prominent Confederate memorialsWed, 31 Jul 2019 15:35:15 +0000Why the Much-Publicized Mission to Find Amelia Earhart's Plane Is Likely to Come Up Emptyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explorer-who-discovered-titanic-searching-amelia-earharts-plane-smithsonian-curator-doesnt-think-hell-find-it-180972762/The explorer who discovered the 'Titanic' is searching for the lost aviator. A Smithsonian curator doesn’t think he’ll find it.Wed, 31 Jul 2019 12:00:00 +0000To Remember the Chicago Race Riot of 1919, Commemoration Project Looks to Public Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/100-years-ago-red-summer-race-riots-gripped-america-180972763/The Windy City was just one place that went up in flames that summerTue, 30 Jul 2019 19:49:44 +0000The Library of Congress Needs Your Help Transcribing Suffragist Papershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-congress-needs-your-help-transcribing-suffragist-papers-1-180972677/Nearly 16,000 pages of diaries, letters, speeches and other documents are available on the library’s crowdsourcing platformTue, 30 Jul 2019 19:33:08 +0000Traces of WWII Veteran’s Doomed Final Flight May Have Been Located in the Chesapeake Bayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/traces-wwii-veterans-doomed-final-flight-potentially-found-chesapeake-bay-180972755/Few definitive traces of either the pilot or his plane have materialized since the 1945 crashMon, 29 Jul 2019 19:36:01 +0000Due to Repeated Vandalism, Emmett Till Memorial to Be Replaced With Bulletproof Signhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/emmett-till-memorial-be-replaced-bulletproof-sign-due-repeated-vandalism-180972753/Most recently, three University of Mississippi students were suspended from their fraternity after posing in front of the sign with gunsMon, 29 Jul 2019 18:02:15 +0000Viking Woman Warrior May Have Been Slavichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/viking-woman-warrior-was-actually-poland-180972739/A new analysis of female Viking warriors suggests one found in Denmark was actually from the area of present-day PolandFri, 26 Jul 2019 19:35:28 +0000From Baked Dormouse to Carbonized Bread, 300 Artifacts Show What Romans Atehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exhibit-spotlights-roman-delicacies-baked-dormouse-carbonized-bread-180972731/The show features frescoes, preserved fruit, cooking utensils and vessels recovered from PompeiiFri, 26 Jul 2019 10:00:00 +0000Hebrew Inscription Emerges From Ruins of the Great Synagogue of Vilnahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hebrew-inscription-emerges-ruins-great-synagogue-vilna-180972725/Other finds from a recent excavation include a prayer book and 200 gold coinsWed, 24 Jul 2019 20:56:15 +0000Why Archaeologists and Volcanologists Are Clashing Over Excavations at Pompeiihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-archaeologists-and-volcanologists-are-clashing-over-excavations-pompeii-180972716/Volcanologist Roberto Scandone argues that enthusiasm for archaeology has yielded an “act of vandalism to volcanology”Wed, 24 Jul 2019 15:35:48 +0000Investigation Identifies Nazi-Looted Art Later Ransacked From Hitler’s Headquartershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/investigation-identifies-400-still-missing-works-art-looted-hitlers-headquarters-180972714/Near the end of WWII, Munich civilians plundered food, liquor, furnishings and some 700 works of art, most of which wer stolen property, from the FührerbauTue, 23 Jul 2019 20:19:20 +0000It Took Two Years for Global Experts to ID This Little Shard of Roman Glasshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/it-took-two-years-id-little-shard-roman-glass-180972713/The rare blue-green glass was unearthed at the Chedworth Roman Villa in the U.K. Tue, 23 Jul 2019 18:16:48 +0000The First Investigation Into the Allied Waterloo Field Hospital Is Unearthing Cannonballs—and Limbshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/limbs-and-cannonballs-unearthed-waterloo-field-hospital-180972685/The dig, conducted by military veterans and service members, suggests just how close Napoleon's forces might have come to victory in the epic battleThu, 18 Jul 2019 20:36:02 +0000Egypt Opens Its ‘Bent Pyramid’ for the First Time in More Than 50 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egypt-opens-its-bent-pyramid-first-time-50-years-180972673/The pyramid may represent an important step in a pharaoh’s quest to build the ‘perfect’ pyramidWed, 17 Jul 2019 21:52:12 +0000Did Stonehenge’s Builders Use Lard to Move Its Boulders Into Place?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-stonehenges-builders-use-lard-move-stonehenge-boulders-place-180972662/Animal fat residue found on ceramic vessels suggests the ancient Britons who built the monument greased their wooden sledges with lardTue, 16 Jul 2019 20:48:29 +0000South Dakota's City of Presidents Unveils Obama Statuehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/obama-statue-added-south-dakotas-city-presidents-180972660/The new life-size bronze depicts the 44th president waving to the crowd and holding his daughter Sasha's handTue, 16 Jul 2019 18:16:04 +0000Alan Turing Will Be the New Face of Britain’s £50 Notehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/alan-turing-will-be-new-face-britains-50-note-180972661/Persecuted at the end of his life, the British mathematician and code-breaker is now widely admired as a father of computer scienceTue, 16 Jul 2019 17:47:11 +0000A Nellie Bly Memorial Is Coming to Roosevelt Islandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nellie-bly-memorial-planned-site-asylum-she-investigated-180972635/The journalist famously wrote a six-part exposé cataloging the 10 days she spent at an asylum on Blackwell’s IslandFri, 12 Jul 2019 17:39:25 +0000Remains of Napoleonic General Believed to Have Been Found in Russian Parkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-napoleonic-general-found-russian-park-180972628/Charles Étienne Gudin, whose name appears on the Arc de Triomphe, was hit by a cannonball during the Battle of ValutinoThu, 11 Jul 2019 19:38:33 +0000Pompeii Is Home to Multiple Undetonated World War II Bombshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pompeii-home-multiple-undetonated-world-war-ii-bombs-180972626/A statement by the Archaeological Museum of Pompeii assures the public that there is 'no risk for visitors'Thu, 11 Jul 2019 18:22:11 +0000New National Marine Sanctuary Will Protect Maryland’s ‘Ghost Fleet’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-national-marine-sanctuary-will-protect-marylands-ghost-fleet-180972619/Hundreds of abandoned vessels have merged with the environment in Mallows BayThu, 11 Jul 2019 13:42:11 +0000The 'Chicago Defender,' an Iconic Black Newspaper, to Release Its Last Print Issuehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chicago-defender-iconic-black-newspaper-releasing-its-last-print-issue-180972586/The publication will shift its focus to online contentTue, 09 Jul 2019 21:06:43 +0000'Seditious' Pressed Glass Jewel Found in 18th-Century North Carolina Tavernhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-glass-pebble-links-north-carolina-tavern-seditious-colonists-180972585/The bead is imprinted with 'Wilkes and Liberty 45,' a code for those who opposed the policies of George IIITue, 09 Jul 2019 20:26:50 +0000Hundreds of Artifacts Looted From Iraq and Afghanistan to Be Repatriatedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hundreds-artifacts-looted-iraq-and-afghanistan-repatriated-180972584/The trove, currently stored at the British Museum for safekeeping, includes 4th-century Buddhist sculpture fragments and 154 Mesopotamian cuneiform tabletsTue, 09 Jul 2019 19:15:59 +0000Ancient City of Babylon Among New Unesco World Heritage Siteshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-city-babylon-among-new-unesco-world-heritage-sites-180972579/Other additions include ancient metallurgy sites in Burkina Faso, Iceland’s Vatnajökull National Park and eight buildings designed by Frank LLoyd WrightMon, 08 Jul 2019 21:33:26 +0000Lion of Mosul Statue Brought Back Through 3-D Printed Replicahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3-d-printed-replica-ancient-sculpture-destroyed-isis-goes-view-london-180972577/The resurrected sculpture is featured in the Imperial War Museum’s 'Culture Under Attack' exhibition Mon, 08 Jul 2019 19:30:27 +0000Thousands of Newly Unearthed Photographs Document Ugandans’ Life Under Idi Aminhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thousands-newly-unearthed-photographs-document-ugandans-life-under-idi-amin-180972533/Around 150 of the images are now on view at the Uganda Museum in KampalaFri, 05 Jul 2019 18:03:39 +0000Ancient Chinese Graves Reveal Evidence of Early Skull Reshapinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-chinese-graves-reveal-evidence-early-skull-reshaping-180972570/Humans may have compressed infants’ soft heads with their hands, bound them between boards or wrapped them tightly in clothFri, 05 Jul 2019 17:35:45 +0000The Frick Revives 18th-Century Frescoes Destroyed During World War IIhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/frick-revives-18th-century-frescoes-destroyed-during-world-war-ii-180972563/A new exhibition unites preparatory paintings, drawings and photographs of Tiepolo’s Palazzo Archinto frescoesWed, 03 Jul 2019 20:20:57 +0000Diary Sheds Light on Deborah Sampson, Who Fought in the Revolutionary Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/diary-sheds-light-deborah-sampson-who-fought-revolutionary-war-180972547/Historians agree that Sampson dressed as a man and enlisted in the military, but many details of her extraordinary life remain unclearTue, 02 Jul 2019 21:23:24 +0000Is This the Childhood Home of Lady Jane Grey, England’s Nine-Day Queen?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-are-excavating-childhood-home-lady-jane-grey-englands-nine-day-queen-180972546/Stone structures unearthed below the brick ruins of Bradgate House may date to the Tudor periodTue, 02 Jul 2019 20:21:04 +0000Drought Reveals Ancient Palace in Iraqi Reservoirhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drought-reveals-ancient-palace-iraqi-reservoir-180972530/A team of Iraqi and German archaeologists excavated the rare Mittani structure before it was swallowed by water once more Mon, 01 Jul 2019 20:34:58 +0000A Copper Beech Tree Planted by Theodore Roosevelt Is Being Cut Downhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/copper-beech-tree-planted-theodore-roosevelt-being-cut-down-180972532/But it will not disappear from Sagamore Hill, the president’s beloved family estateMon, 01 Jul 2019 20:19:24 +0000Found: An ‘Undisturbed’ Roman Ship Near Cyprushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-undisturbed-roman-ship-near-cyprus-180972522/The vessel is still packed with amphorae, and may testify to Cyprus’ importance in ancient maritime trade routes Mon, 01 Jul 2019 16:02:31 +0000‘Life’ Magazine’s Earliest Women Photojournalists Step Into Spotlighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibition-spotlights-six-life-magazines-earliest-female-photojournalists-180972513/A new exhibition highlights images by Margaret Bourke-White, Marie Hansen, Martha Holmes, Lisa Larsen, Nina Leen and Hansel MiethThu, 27 Jun 2019 19:39:03 +0000Remains of 30 Service Members Killed in WWII Unearthed at Tarawahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-30-service-members-killed-wwii-unearthed-tarawa-180972512/The non-profit History Flight discovered the Marines and sailors as part of its decade-long mission to find the 500 men buried on the atollThu, 27 Jun 2019 19:38:47 +0000