Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonian feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenFri, 20 Apr 2018 17:04:34 +0000U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall Collection Will Get Its First State-Commissioned Statue of a Black American statue of educator and civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune will replace a statue of a Confederate generalWed, 21 Mar 2018 10:00:00 +0000San Francisco Votes to Remove Statue with Racist Depiction of Native Americans monument shows a Mexican vaquero and Franciscan monk towering over a Native American manWed, 07 Mar 2018 16:59:19 +0000Cache of Benjamin Franklin's Original Manuscripts—Doodles and All—Gets Digitized Library of Congress recently released approximately 8,000 letters, drafts and documents from the founding fatherFri, 20 Apr 2018 17:04:34 +0000This Medieval Man Used a Knife as a Prosthetic Limb man’s skeleton bears signs of frequent ‘biomechanical force,’ according to a new studyFri, 20 Apr 2018 14:30:00 +00004,500 Newly Discovered Fragments Help Piece Together Massive Psamtik I Statue pieces gave researchers a better idea of the size and shape of the colossusFri, 20 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0000Hans Asperger ‘Actively Assisted’ Nazi Eugenics Policies, Study Claims Herwig Czech has uncovered evidence revealing that the renowned doctor sent children to a notorious ‘euthanasia’ clinicThu, 19 Apr 2018 20:24:10 +0000Ulysses S. Grant's 1849 Home in Detroit May Be Restored house he rented as a young officer is now boarded up and full of trash on the site of the former Michigan state fairgroundsWed, 18 Apr 2018 19:26:52 +0000This 13 Year Old Helped Find Viking Treasure In Germany silver jewelry and coins date to the reign of King Harald Bluetooth and may have been deposited during his flight from DenmarkWed, 18 Apr 2018 14:52:37 +0000Public Sculpture in Tennessee Will Memorialize Lynching Victim confronts its history with a planned memorial to a young black man named Ed Johnson who was murdered by a white lynch mob in 1906Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0000Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Casket Rediscovered in Former Wine Cellar at St. Michael's Church in Highgate hope to refurbish the crypt after identifying where exactly Coleridge's final resting place wasTue, 17 Apr 2018 18:04:31 +0000Check Out the World’s Largest Archive Digitally Preserving At-Risk Heritage Sites Heritage features 27 sites in 18 countries with more locations to be added in the futureMon, 16 Apr 2018 16:20:02 +0000Large Cache of Texts May Offer Insight Into One of Africa's Oldest Written Languages in Sudan have uncovered the largest assemblage of Meroitic inscriptions to dateFri, 13 Apr 2018 20:05:30 +0000Watch: The First Trailer for 'Mary Shelley' Explores the Many Inspirations for 'Frankenstein' biopic will follow Mary Wollstonecraft's scandalous teenage romance with the older Percy Bysshe Shelley and the events that shaped her most famous bookFri, 13 Apr 2018 16:40:26 +0000Americans Believe Holocaust Education Is Important, But Survey Finds Gaps in Their Knowledge poll found that a substantial number of Americans were unaware of basic facts about the HolocaustThu, 12 Apr 2018 18:23:01 +0000Antarctic Research Ship to Search for Wreck of Shackleton's 'Endurance' ship sunk in pack ice in 1915, setting off one of exploration's most epic survival talesThu, 12 Apr 2018 17:32:08 +0000Researchers Are Tracing Wabanaki Canoe Routes in New Brunswick First Nation routes were ancient “highways” that traversed rivers, creeks and streamsWed, 11 Apr 2018 18:28:29 +0000Simulation Suggests Viking Sunstones of Legend Could Have Worked they existed, the crystals—used to locate the sun's position on cloudy days—could have helped Vikings sail to far away placesMon, 09 Apr 2018 16:16:48 +0000Archaeologists Used Drones to Find New Ancient Drawings in Peru 50 new examples of the Nazca lines had been hiding in plain sightFri, 06 Apr 2018 21:48:10 +00001924 Film That Anticipates the Holocaust Found and Restored collector found a complete copy of the film at a flea market in Paris in 2015Fri, 06 Apr 2018 17:47:40 +0000The F.B.I. Helped a Museum Learn the Identity of a 4,000-Year-Old Severed Head DNA analysis revealed the mummified head belonged to Djehutynakht, a governor in Middle Kingdom Egypt, and not his wife as some believedThu, 05 Apr 2018 15:19:28 +0000Rare Case of ‘Coffin Birth’ Seen in Medieval Grave pregnant woman's remains may also suggest that she underwent cranial surgery due to a life-threatening complicationThu, 05 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0000New Statue Immortalizes Mary Thomas, Who Led a Revolt Against Danish Colonial Rule is the city’s first public monument to a black womanWed, 04 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0000Anti-Apartheid Crusader Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Dies at 81 activist who died Monday in Johannesburg after a prolonged illness left behind a polarizing legacy in South AfricaTue, 03 Apr 2018 20:53:27 +0000More than 150 Years Later, Canada Exonerates Six Indigenous Chiefs Hanged in 1864 Minister Justin Trudeau affirmed that the chiefs had acted in ‘war, not murder’ when they attacked white settlers who had encroached on their landTue, 03 Apr 2018 16:33:49 +0000Johan van Hulst, Who Helped Save Hundreds of Children During the Holocaust, Has Died at 107 hid young Holocaust victims in the school where he taught, saving them from near certain deathMon, 02 Apr 2018 17:52:47 +0000Centuries-Old Shipwreck Washes Up in Florida 48-foot section of ship's hull was found last week at South Ponte Vedra BeachMon, 02 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0000Satellite Images Reveal 81 Pre-Hispanic Settlements in the Amazon discovery adds to a growing body of evidence that suggests settlements in the Amazon were far more wide-ranging than scholars once thoughtMon, 02 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0000North Dakota Makes a Push for a Teddy Roosevelt Presidential Library towns of Dickinson and Medora are raising money in hopes of establishing a library and museum to the 26th president who once ranched in the areaFri, 30 Mar 2018 19:11:47 +0000Mummy Found Inside 2,500-Year-Old ‘Empty’ Coffin coffin had been listed as empty for nearly 160 years while stored at the University of Sydney’s museumThu, 29 Mar 2018 14:18:39 +0000Linda Brown, at the Center of Brown v. Board of Education, Has Died being refused enrollment at an all-white school in Topeka, Kansas, Brown's court case led to the historic Supreme Court ruling that ended segregationTue, 27 Mar 2018 20:18:55 +0000Rare Image of Early Female Pharaoh Found in University Collection her reign, Hatshepsut was expunged from Egyptian history, but a carving of her likeness has turned up in Swansea UniversityMon, 26 Mar 2018 21:24:00 +0000First Museum Committed to Sharing the Stories of Historically Black Colleges Opens HBCU Museum in Washington, D.C., launched March 9 and has plans to expand to a second location in AtlantaMon, 26 Mar 2018 20:05:15 +0000Was the FBI Searching for Lost Civil War Gold in Pennsylvania? agency was recently seen excavating a site where, according to some Elk County locals, a missing shipment of gold bars was buriedMon, 26 Mar 2018 18:33:06 +0000Bottle of 2,000-Year-Old Rice Wine Found in Chinese Tomb bronze jug was dated around the late Warring States time period and the Qin DynastyMon, 26 Mar 2018 17:44:20 +0000Archaeologists Trace ‘Lost Settlements’ of 1692 Glencoe Massacre team of researchers is in search of clues into the slaughter of members of the MacDonald clanMon, 26 Mar 2018 10:00:00 +0000Pioneering Black Journalist Les Payne Has Died at Age 76 fearless Pulitzer Prize-winning <i>Newsday</i> reporter and editor, who was a founding member of NABJ, paved the way for journalists of colorFri, 23 Mar 2018 18:54:04 +0000A Violent Volcanic Eruption Immortalized in Medieval Poem May Have Spurred Iceland’s Adoption of Christianity new study looks for traces of the devastating volcanic event in a poem composed in approximately 961 A.D.Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:00:26 +0000Underground Railroad Safe House Discovered in Philadelphia say they have identified the home of famed black abolitionist William Still, who offered refuge to hundreds of freedom seekersFri, 23 Mar 2018 16:28:15 +0000Wreck of U.S.S. Juneau Discovered in the Solomon Islands ship was known as the grave of the five Sullivan Brothers who died aboard it during the Battle of GuadalcanalThu, 22 Mar 2018 20:05:51 +0000Library of Congress Adds ‘The Sound of Music,’ ‘My Girl’ to National Recording Registry year since 2002, 25 recordings that impacted American culture are chosen for inclusion in the growing database. Read about the class of 2017Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:20:50 +0000Larry Kwong, Gifted Athlete Who Broke NHL's Color Barrier, Dies at 94, the first athlete of Asian heritage to play in an NHL game, battled racism and discrimination as he made a name for himself on the iceWed, 21 Mar 2018 20:15:21 +0000New Exhibition Unfolds the "Bizarre" Stories Behind Centuries-Old Pigments urine is one of many strange ingredients included in the University of Manchester's new show exploring the history and chemistry of artists' palettesWed, 21 Mar 2018 18:29:16 +0000Landmark Exhibition Takes You Inside the Exuberant, Diverse World of the Fatimid Dynasty’s Aga Khan Museum brings together 87 pieces from collections across the globeWed, 21 Mar 2018 17:48:48 +0000Tennessee Votes to Keep Polk's Grave Where It Is. For Now resolution to move the grave from the capitol grounds in Nashville to one of his boyhood homes failed by one voteTue, 20 Mar 2018 20:36:51 +00002,000-Year-Old Mosaics Unearthed Under Florida Art Museum relics came from ancient Antioch and were buried by museum officials in 1989 for storage purposes Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:08:18 +0000Monument to a Historic Black Woman Will Replace Racist Statue in Pittsburgh city task force is asking the public to help decide who should be honoredTue, 20 Mar 2018 15:08:19 +0000Artifacts Stolen in Massive Archaeological Theft Recovered in Canterbury have recovered most of the 2,000 coins, bones, beads and other items lifted from the Canterbury Archaeological Trust in JanuaryTue, 20 Mar 2018 10:00:00 +0000Casanova Is Getting a Museum womanizer and Enlightenment polymath will be memorialized with an interactive museum in Venice opening April 2Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:14:51 +0000Britain’s Prehistoric Coastline Uncovered in West London found a black clay-like material that formed about 56 million years ago, marking the location of an ancient coastlineMon, 19 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +000015th-Century Pot of Gold (and Silver) Found in the Netherlands say the coins can shed light on a little-known period of Dutch historyFri, 16 Mar 2018 17:03:31 +0000High-Powered X-Rays Reveal What's Beneath 11th-Century Religious Text hidden text is a translation of ancient Greek medical philosopher Galen's writingThu, 15 Mar 2018 18:38:23 +0000A Slave Cemetery May Have Been Discovered at a Plantation Near Annapolis have found possible grave markers, and cadaver dogs have indicated the presence of human remainsThu, 15 Mar 2018 17:38:55 +00003,600-Year-Old Tomb Found Next to Canaanite Palace Might Contain Remains of Royal Family have been searching the site of Megiddo for more than 100 yearsWed, 14 Mar 2018 19:01:54 +0000Polls Are Still As Accurate As They Were 75 Years Ago new study shows polling is not undergoing a collapse despite what conventional wisdom might suggestWed, 14 Mar 2018 15:50:20 +0000Ancient Humans Weathered the Toba Supervolcano Just Fine studies suggest the largest eruption in the last 2 million years didn't push humanity to the edge of extinction as previously hypothesizedWed, 14 Mar 2018 15:17:50 +0000Pointy-Headed Medieval Skulls in Germany May Have Been Bulgarian 'Treaty Brides' have wondered for years about the strangely shaped skulls found in Western EuropeTue, 13 Mar 2018 17:51:18 +0000To Save Cannonballs on Henry VIII's Flagship, Researchers Looked to X-ray Tech more than 1200 cannonballs found on <i>The Mary Rose</i> are facing a major problem—corrosionTue, 13 Mar 2018 15:17:22 +0000500-Year-Old Pistol Part Could Shed Light on Colorado’s Spanish Colonial Past pistol part was found during an excavation several years ago by the Museums of Western Colorado’s Western Investigations TeamFri, 09 Mar 2018 19:00:39 +0000Rare 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Footage Found at Flea Market nine-minute Miles brothers film reel shows the devastation that the powerful quake wroughtFri, 09 Mar 2018 15:00:00 +0000To Help Identify Migrants Who Died Along Border, Art Class Reconstructs Their Faces DNA analysis and dental exams aren’t possible, facial reconstruction is a last-resort to identifying remainsFri, 09 Mar 2018 11:00:00 +00007,000-Year-Old Native American 'Bog Burial' Found Off the Coast of Florida have identified the remains of at least six individuals, and suspect there are many more bodies to be foundThu, 08 Mar 2018 19:18:51 +0000New Historic Marker Highlights Nathan Bedford Forrest's Ties to the Slave Trade earlier marker only noted the Confederate general, widely believed to be the Ku Klux Klan's first leader, became wealthy from his ‘business enterprises’Thu, 08 Mar 2018 17:36:42 +0000Wreck of Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. <i>Lexington</i> Found 76 Years After It Was Scuttled in Battle ship was sunk by an American destroyer so it couldn't be captured in the Battle of Coral Sea, considered to be the first carrier battle in historyWed, 07 Mar 2018 18:25:19 +0000131-Year-Old Message in a Bottle Found on Australian Beach oldest yet found, the relic was thrown into the Indian Ocean by German sailors conducting an experimentWed, 07 Mar 2018 14:30:00 +0000Five Things to Know About Roger Bannister, the First Person to Break the 4-Minute Mile Oxford medical student, who died on March 3 at age 88, broke what was believed to be an impossible recordMon, 05 Mar 2018 19:54:33 +0000This May Be the World’s Largest Family Tree more than 86 million profiles from, researchers created a database that links 13 million people Mon, 05 Mar 2018 18:11:12 +0000Earliest Figural Tattoos Discovered on 5,000-Year-Old Mummies markings include a bull, a sheep and a mysterious ‘S’ motifMon, 05 Mar 2018 15:55:46 +0000Study Shows Little Change Since Kerner Commission Reported on Racism 50 Years Ago update to the landmark study finds there is now more poverty and segregation in AmericaFri, 02 Mar 2018 17:17:48 +0000Charlottesville Must Remove Tarps from Confederate Statues, Judge Says statues were covered in the wake of last year’s deadly rallies to mark a period of mourningWed, 28 Feb 2018 21:43:25 +0000One Man's Search to Find the Families of the "Deportees" in the Famous Woody Guthrie Song years after the 1948 crash, Tim Hernandez is bringing new recognition to the 28 unidentified "braceros" who died when the plane blew upWed, 28 Feb 2018 16:15:08 +0000See Rare Images Depicting Life, Work at the White House team of librarians at the White House Historical Association are digitizing 25,000 behind-the-scenes photographs from 1962 to 1987Wed, 28 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +0000Is This the Seal of the Prophet Isaiah? archaeologist believes the relic may have belonged to the biblical figure, but there are major problems with her interpretation Mon, 26 Feb 2018 18:40:03 +0000Did Cave Acoustics Play a Role in the Development of Language? a new paper, researchers hypothesize that the location of cave art and sounds early humans heard might be linkedMon, 26 Feb 2018 15:51:04 +0000Ancient DNA Contradicts Historical Narrative of 'Extinct' Caribbean Taíno Population create Caribbean's first complete ancient human genome, find Taíno genes in living peopleThu, 22 Feb 2018 19:37:48 +0000Oldest Mosaic at Roman Baths Found During Excavations have a long history, but this is considered the oldest at the siteThu, 22 Feb 2018 18:30:21 +0000This Account is Reclaiming the Indigenous Names for Mountains One Geotag at a Time Navajo climber is leading a social media campaign to spread awareness of the indigenous names of peaksThu, 22 Feb 2018 16:55:59 +0000Is the Fall Equinox the Secret to the Pyramids' Near-Perfect Alignment? engineer says yesThu, 22 Feb 2018 14:00:00 +0000Thousands of Photographs Created These Hyper-Real Portraits of Historic Buildings artist Markus Brunetti brings a high-tech approach to capturing centuries-old cathedralsWed, 21 Feb 2018 18:44:43 +0000Copy of Declaration of Independence, Hidden Behind Wall Paper During the Civil War, Resurfaces in Texas document, which belonged to James Madison, is one of 200 facsimiles commissioned in the 19th centuryWed, 21 Feb 2018 17:20:36 +0000