antiquities

Motherboard

Dozens of Cat Mummies Found in 4,500-Year-Old Egyptian Tombs

The King Userkaf pyramid complex at Saqqara is the final resting place for cats and scarab beetles—and it still contains unopened tombs.
Becky Ferreira
11.12.18
Design

10 Delightfully Strange Objects from New York’s Newest Antiques Fair

TEFAF New York is basically a playground for retired millionaires. We navigated their world and found objects that can appeal to the eccentrics among us all.
Noémie Jennifer
10.28.16
war and conflict

Archaeologists Are Figuring Out How Badly the Islamic State Damaged Palmyra

Nearly a year ago, Islamic State militants drove government forces from Palmyra's ruins and then proceeded to release images and videos of fighters blowing up ancient structures.
Samuel Oakford
3.29.16
Islamic State

A Stolen Antiquities Department and a Slave Ministry: Government, Islamic State Style

IS has departments to manage revenue streams which are similar to government ministries, complete with petty rivalries, personality clashes, and red tape.
Reuters News Agency
12.28.15
VICE News

The Islamic State Blows Up Another of Palmyra's 2,000-Year-Old Monuments

Syrian antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim said that sources in Palmyra had confirmed the destruction of the iconic Arch of Triumph, provoking international outrage.
Reuters and VICE News
10.5.15
Art

Where Do ISIS-Looted Antiquities Go?

Probably someone’s basement. For a long time.
Kathleen Caulderwood
9.30.15
Islamic State

Antiquities Liberated from the Islamic State by US Commandos Are Back in Baghdad

As the Islamic State continues to destroy archaeological sites across the region, ancient artifacts recovered by the US military have been returned to an Iraqi museum.
VICE News
7.15.15
middle east

Islamic State Posts Photos of Militants Taking Sledgehammer to Ancient Artifacts from Palmyra, Syria

UNESCO has accused the militant group of "cultural cleansing" as it continues to smash priceless antiquities and destroy world heritage-listed sites.
VICE News
7.3.15
americas

Pre-Hispanic Items Up for Auction in France Are Fake, Mexico Says

The Joron Derem and Binoche et Giquello auction houses are set to sell off dozens of pieces beginning tomorrow, but Mexico's official archaeological institute said 65 percent of the items are of recent creation.
Gabriela Gorbea
6.9.15
war and conflict

The Islamic State Is On the Verge of Capturing an Ancient Syrian City Full of Priceless Artifacts

The militant group, which has expanded its looting and destruction of antiquities in recent months, has reportedly captured part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Syrian Desert.
Samuel Oakford
5.15.15
egypt

How To Save Mummies From the Egyptian Revolution

A group of Egyptian scholars and activists are risking their lives to save the country's cultural treasures from being looted and destroyed.
Buster Brown
3.29.14
Motherboard Blog

The Curse of King Tut

King Tutankhamun's tomb was discovered 87 years ago today in Thebes, Egypt, by English archaeologist Howard Carter. In a country whose antiquities had for centuries been the target of theft, it was a 3000-year-old gold mine - full of golden shrines...
Videodrome
2.16.11