Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazine feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenMon, 03 Aug 2020 18:20:38 +0000Arsonist Confesses to Starting Nantes Cathedral Fire 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 Moniker 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 Million 18th-century artifact was made in a style specific to the Qianlong dynastyMon, 03 Aug 2020 18:20:38 +0000This Medieval Potion Kills Stubborn Bacteria"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 Years 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 Risk 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 Megaliths 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 Maps 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 Contents 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 Lake 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' 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 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 America 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' 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 104 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 Shop 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 Murders 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 Name 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 Racism 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 People 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? 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 Norway 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? 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 Evolution 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 Lockdown 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 Raphael 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-Residence 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 Canada 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 Online 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 Fort 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 History 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 Museum 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 Dynasty 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? 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 Name 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 City 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 Ethiopia 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 England 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 Culture 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 Years 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 Mosque 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 Alive 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 Sovereignty 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 Ago 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 Auction'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 Shrine 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, Era 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 Artist 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? 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. 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 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 Mine 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 Art 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 Italy 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 Reform 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? research suggests mercury and toxic algae poisoned the settlement's reservoirsThu, 02 Jul 2020 18:29:48 +0000Paris Exhibition Recreates Pompeii's Final Hours 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 Artifacts 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 Poland 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 Sumac 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 Person 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 Ago 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 Avenue 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 Aristocrats 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 Republic 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 Ride 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 Chinatown 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 Field 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 Time "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 Programs 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 Iceland 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 Stonehenge 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 Were 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 India 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 Scotland 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 Celebrations 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 Order 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 Incest 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 Graves 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' 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 Reconstruction 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 Riverbed 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 Museum 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 Lanka 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 Lot 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 Wales 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 Recovered 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 Lizards 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, 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 Digging 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 Mound unearthed a four-sided dice and 18 circular tokensFri, 12 Jun 2020 15:17:26 +0000Christopher Columbus Statues Beheaded, Pulled Down Across America 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 Home 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 Boleyn 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 Theater 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 Gallery 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 Manuscripts 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 Harbor 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 Million 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 Country 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 Sale 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 90 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 Racism 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 Puzzle 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 Dickens 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 Lozenges 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 Mexico platform stands between 33 and 50 feet tall and measures almost a mile longFri, 05 Jun 2020 14:37:38 +0000