Ancient hashtag hailed world’s oldest drawing
Were ancient humans really just like us? Archaeologists have discovered a 73,000-year-old drawing in South Africa — evidence that early humans were more sophisticated than once thought.
Museum pulls artworks after animal rights uproar
Was the Guggenheim Museum right to withdraw artworks featuring live animals? The pieces will not be displayed after criticism by animal rights groups and a petition signed by 600,000 people.
Unique ancient wonder at IS militants’ mercy
Islamist militants have seized one of the Middle East’s most prized cultural sites amid Syria’s civil war. How concerned should we be at the desecration of relics from millennia ago?
Record numbers flock to modernising museums
Museums are attracting record numbers of visitors by embracing new means of communication and education. But do they risk neglecting their traditional function as repositories of culture?
Arts must pay their way, says UK government
The British culture minister has called on arts organisations like theatres and museums to prove that they benefit the economy. But should culture really be valued in pounds and pence?
Cultural treasures become war casualty in Aleppo
Aleppo is one of the oldest and most culturally rich cities in the entire world. But now, in the midst of a raging civil war, the market at the heart of its historic centre is burning.
Treasure hunters find £150 million booty
A British steam ship, sunk during World War II, has been found in the Atlantic, along with a huge cargo of silver bullion. It's one of the biggest treasure hauls of all time.
Rescued Afghan treasure trove comes to UK
Curators smuggled priceless objects to a secret vault before their museum was shelled. Amazingly both objects and curators survived.
‘Hey, Berlin! Could we have our bust back?’
She may be 3400 years old — but Queen Nefertiti remains one of Berlin’s best-known beauties. So is Egypt right to want her returned?