conservation lab

10th Century Viking Treasures Unearthed In Scotland

Now comes the hard part: preserving 1,000-year-old gold and silver artifacts for centuries to come.
Noémie Jennifer

The 35-Year-Long Hunt to Find a Fantasy Author's Hidden Treasure

The treasures were hidden in 1981 by publisher Byron Preiss, as part of his plan to promote his new book, 'The Secret.' So far, only two of the 12 treasures have been recovered.
Zach Brooke

We Asked Smokers if They Would Pay $33 for a Pack of Cigarettes

Australian smokers are set to pay about $33 USD for a packet of cigarettes by 2020. We asked some of Melbourne's smokers if that was reason enough to quit.
David Allegretti
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Some Farmer in Switzerland Dug Up a Molehill and Found 1,700-Year-Old Buried Treasure

Over 4,000 bronze and silver coins were buried around the year 294 and never discovered until 2015.
River Donaghey

A Sea Explorer Gets Tricked in This Week's Comic by Julian Glander

"Desire for material good is the root of all suffering."
Julian Glander

A Famous Florida Treasure Hunter Was Busted After a Two-Year Manhunt

The daring Ohioan dug up a fortune lost in a mid-19th century storm, only to disappear when investors in his recovery project starting clamoring for their share.
Allie Conti
The Profiles Issue

Hey Gang, Let’s Explore the Ocean Floor with a Giant Submarine!

Jacques Rougerie is a French oceanographic architect who dreams of conquering the undersea world just as astronauts dreamed of outer space in the mid 20th century.
Julie Le Baron

Photos of the Only Worldly Possessions of LA's Homeless Population

I went down to Skid Row to document the homeless population and the things they choose to keep in the face of the city of Los Angeles's desire to seize items that they deem to be hazardous garbage.
John Kilar

Searching for Forrest Fenn's Gold

In 2010, cancer-stricken millionaire Forrest Fenn buried a chest containing three million dollars worth of treasure somewhere in the mountains north of Santa Fe. Clues to the chest’s whereabouts are hidden in the text of a memoir and poem he published...
Roc Morin
The Appalachia Issue

Twenty-six Feet Under

People who live in Coober Pedy make city kids look like pampered assholes. Life in the outback is often harsher than a straight-up hash pipe, and death is something that you tend to become pretty familiar with.
VICE Staff
The Appalachia Issue

Sound Underground

I took some time off after compulsory military service in Greece about 34 years ago and came to visit my uncle in Coober Pedy. He told me how easy it was to find opal.
Yanni Athanasiadis