When is an object haunted, and when is it an “artifact”?
Most of the objects on the TV series, Haunted Collector, are actually haunted, cursed or possessed.
However, on the Syfy TV series, Warehouse 13, objects that are unusual powerful, haunted or cursed are called artifacts.
Are artifacts similar to haunted objects?
At least one paranormal researcher seems to think so. You can download Fiona Broome’s report on finding haunted objects and artifacts. (PDF)
Here are the cast of Warehouse 13 talking about fantasy artifacts: Eddie McClintock, Saul Rubinek, Tia Carerre and Mark Sheppard. (Dragon*Con 2010 panel)
Also, here’s Allison Scagliotti’s informal tour of artifacts in the dark room.
However, on a more serious note, what’s the difference between objects that are:
What is the difference between a sacred object and an artifact? If a sacred object isn’t handled correctly, does it become a curse?
In the first Indiana Jones movie, the Ark of the Covenant is both sacred and destructive, depending on how it’s treated. (The final movie scene is reminiscent of the later Warehouse 13 concept.)
How would you label the Ark of the Covenant? The Hope Diamond? King Arthur’s sword, Excalibur?
In Allison Scagliotti’s video, would you consider Sylvia Plath’s typewriter “haunted” or something else? Is it possible that her madness came from the typewriter or some other haunted or cursed object around her?
Share your thoughts in comments, below.
List of artifacts & gadgets from Warehouse 13 (Wikipedia)