artifacts

Motherboard

1,000-Year-Old Pristine Mayan Artifacts Found in Sealed 'Jaguar God' Cave

The cave was first discovered by local farmers in 1966, but was walled off until last year for unknown reasons.
Becky Ferreira
3.8.19
nasa

NASA Lost Lunar Rover Prototype and Other Priceless Artifacts to Sloppy Management, Inspector General Finds

The agency's Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that “a significant amount of historic personal property has been lost, misplaced, or taken” due to inadequate procedures.
Becky Ferreira
10.23.18
Motherboard

8-Year-Old Girl Pulls Ancient Sword From Lake, Is Our Ruler Now

Long may Saga reign.
Becky Ferreira
10.4.18
Mummies

Authorities Opened That Black Sarcophagus and Found Three Mummies Stewing in Sewage

"The sarcophagus has been opened, but we have not been hit by a curse.”
Becky Ferreira
7.19.18
Cave Dives

The World’s Biggest Underwater Cave Is Full of Maya Bones and Artifacts

Mexico’s San Actun cave system contains pottery, bones of extinct giant sloths, and a 9,000-year-old human skull.
Becky Ferreira
2.22.18
tomb raiders

Indonesia Can't Stop Its Illegal Treasure Hunters

The illegal antiquities trade is robbing the country of millions of dollars and no one seems to have a plan to stop it.
Adi Renaldi
11.20.17
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Hobby Lobby Fined $3 Million for Buying Smuggled Ancient Artifacts

The crafts company has been asked to forfeit thousands of "historically significant manuscripts, antiquities, and other cultural materials" smuggled from Iraq.
Mack Lamoureux
7.6.17
digital art

Iranian-American Artist Revives Islam’s Apocalyptic Goddesses

How Morehshin Allahyari is using new technologies to reclaim an ancient feminist narrative.
Catherine Chapman
5.27.17
Sex

Meet the Couples Who Spent Valentine's Day at The Museum of Sex

At New York City's mecca of antique porn, high tech vibrators, and sensual art, V-Day is like Christmas.
Beckett Mufson
2.15.17
The They Come Out at Night Issue

Hip-Hop Hog-Calling at the Iowa State Fair

In this month's Artifact, VICE's Wilbert L. Cooper remembers defying the odds and winning a hog-calling contest at the Iowa State Fair.
Wilbert L. Cooper
11.23.16
Stuff

Learn About Tattoo History While Getting Inked at This Museum

The Field Museum in Chicago is currently showing an exhibition that explores the 5,000-year-old history of tattooing across the globe. It's also literally bringing ink to the museum world in the form of a pop-up tattoo shop.
Anni Irish
11.12.16
Art

Scan the World Preserves Cultural Artifacts By Scanning them into 3D Objects

A non-profit initiative wants your help to collect 3D scans of artifacts from around the world.
Andrew Salomone
10.29.16
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