Personal objects found in mass graves in Bosnia, as photographed by Ziyah Gafić (see his TED Talk here)

Once all the missing persons are identified, only decaying bodies in their graves and these everyday items will remain. In all their simplicity, these items are the last testament to the identity of the victims, the last permanent reminder that these people ever existed.

New IS video shows militants smashing ancient Iraq artifacts

The Islamic State group released a video on Thursday showing militants using sledgehammers to smash ancient artifacts in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul, describing the relics as idols that must be removed.

The destruction are part of a campaign by the IS extremists who have destroyed a number of shrines—including Muslim holy sites—in order to eliminate what they view as heresy. They are also believed to have sold ancient artifacts on the black market in order to finance their bloody campaign across the region.

The five-minute video shows a group of bearded men inside the Mosul Museum using hammers and drills to destroy several large statues, which are then shown chipped and in pieces. The video then shows a black-clad man at a nearby archaeological site inside Mosul, drilling through and destroying a winged-bull Assyrian protective deity that dates back to the 7th century B.C. Read more.

Stolen Artifacts Returned to Iraq

U.S. authorities turned over more than 60 stolen artifacts to Iraq today (March 16), including gold-plated items from Saddam Hussein’s palace and a limestone head of the Assyrian king Sargon II from an ancient city that was recently wrecked by ISIS militants.

Back in June 2008, special agents with the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in New York were working on “Operation Lost Treasure,” an effort to break up antiquities-trafficking networks. They got a tip from their international partners to look out for an Iraqi artifact to enter the United States. Two months later, special agents seized the limestone head of Sargon II after it was shipped from Dubai to New York. Read more.

Pompeii restored with help of artefact thieves

The ruins of Pompeii are being restored with the aid of a most unlikely source – thieves with a conscience who are returning fragments once stolen from the ancient Roman city.

In October a Canadian woman made headlines around the world when she returned a fragment she stole from Pompeii on her honeymoon 50 years ago.

Massimo Osanna, the director of one of Italy’s most popular tourist attractions, said this was not an isolated case and hundreds of archaeological artefacts had been sent back to the museum in recent years, often with a letter of apology.

“We have been receiving hundreds of packages with hundreds of fragments now for years,” Osanna told the Italian daily, Il Messaggero. Read more.


This fragment of a bowl is dated to the 12-13th centuries and may be Egyptian or Syrian in origin. It is associated with the development and popularization of underglaze painting in a style often called Raqqa ware. The surviving decoration on the internal base of the bowl is a hare in motion within a dotted and lined border. The hare is outlined in black with large areas of blue and some areas of red-brown. The black pigment is chromite, the blue cobalt and the red-brown is likely a ferric-oxide.

The previous restoration, which included overpaint, fill, and adhesive, was removed from the object following chemical testing and identification. The dark staining prevalent on the left half of the ceramic was tested for solubility using various cleaning agents and poultice materials. Several generally effective approaches did not mobilize the stain, indicating that it may be iron. A chelator was then used to specifically target this stain by binding to the iron. After clearing the object to remove all treatment residues, the two pieces were adhered with a reversible acrylic. The area of loss was then filled and in-painted based on conversations with the curator.

Posted by Kate Becker
Fragment of a Bowl
, 12th-13th century.

Swiss return ancient cultural objects to Egypt

Switzerland has returned 32 cultural treasures dating from the Pharaonic and Roman periods to the Egyptian Embassy in Bern, the Federal Office of Culture announced on Monday. The objects had been involved in a cantonal criminal procedure.

Four of the pieces are of exceptional rarity, cultural significance and aesthetic quality. These include a bust of a pharaoh wearing a crown, a fragmented stone slab (known as a stele) depicting the patron goddess of Thebes from the era of the New Kingdom (circa 1500−1000 BC), and two architectural fragments with cult scenes from the Roman period (circa 753 BC to 476 AD). 

The objects were returned to Egypt in conjunction with the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Federal Act on the International Transfer of Cultural Property. Read more.


Hi guys! Let me introduce a new mesh - Egyptian Stuff - for Sims 4!
WARNING: Very high number of Polygons!!!
This set includes 13 items and a .rar file with premade lot. Before placing lot, please activate bb.moveobjects!
1 - Wall Recolor Deco 01
2 - Obelisk
3 - Gate
4 - Wall Recolor Deco 02
5 - Mummy
6 - Anubi Statue
7 - Horus Statue
8 - Column
9 - Tomb
10 - Anubi Statue 02
11 - Sphinge
12 - Floor Recolor Deco 01
13 - Floor Recolor Deco 02

All items are only decorative and can be found in Statues!
To avoid problems with objects position, we recommend to use the cheat “bb.moveobjects”. Press 0 and/or 9 on your keyboard to raise/lower your items.

Don’t claim as your own, or re-upload! Recolor is allowed (just give credits to Sims Fans!). Thank you.