artifact new york

I have a lot of feelings about the fact that the New York Vampire clan invests in antiquities in TV canon. Much like the bagged blood, it’s a little detail that implies a lot of organization behind the scenes, and presumably a lot of bizarre paperwork. How do they validate this stuff? Do they even bother with the legalities? Did they accidentally become the biggest artifact smugglers in New York city just because a few of the older vampires didn’t want to bother with bringing their stuff into the country legally and just got a warlock to portal them in?

Do New York curators spend a lot of time wondering why their contacts never want to meet in the daytime? Are there members of the clan with actual degrees? What poor vampire is now a registered archaeologist because he drew the short straw? Which ones dress up as little old ladies so they can convince buyers that they found this real-actual-Monet in their attic?

It’s not like preserving artifacts is easy either. You need climate control, a way to handle it safely, sealed cases… you can’t exactly order the right equipment on Amazon. 

Basically Raphael probably knows a lot more about museum level restoration and preservation techniques than he’s willing to let on. Poor boy just wanted to get into politics and he accidentally ended up taking night classes in Art History so he can sound professional when he tries to convince private collectors that Camille’s three hundred year old nude drawings are Important Historical Documents.

Dig at Colonial Battleground Turns up Artifacts

An archaeological dig at a Colonial military site in the southern Adirondacks of New York has turned up thousands of artifacts, from butchered animal bones to uniform buttons, along with a lime kiln used to make mortar for a British fort that was never completed.

The six-week project that ended Friday at the Lake George Battlefield Park also uncovered a section of a stone foundation and brick floor of a small building likely constructed alongside a barracks in 1759, during the French and Indian War.

“That’s the sort of clear-cut structure archaeologists love to see,” said David Starbuck, leader of the State University of New York at Adirondack’s annual archaeology field school. Read more.

Stolen Artifacts Recovered in New York Are Worth Over $100 Million

The Manhattan district attorney’s office on Tuesday made public the largest antiquities seizure in American history and asked a judge to grant it custody of a startling 2,622 artifacts recovered from storage rooms affiliated with an imprisoned Madison Avenue art dealer.

The artifacts, valued by the authorities at $107.6 million, were described in papers filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan as having been looted from India and Southern Asia and smuggled into the United States by the dealer, Subhash Kapoor.

In their complaint, prosecutors said Mr. Kapoor, 65, had cached the items in an assortment of hideaways in Manhattan and Queens. They were confiscated during raids that began in 2012 and continued through last year. Read more.