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Science of Detecting Fakes and Forgeries, The

Synopsis
The spiralling prices paid for antiquities have boosted the quantity, range and sophistication of fakes. As knowledge of the appropriate materials and techniques used to make the genuine objects become more widespread, so the copies become ever more convincing. This is an archive copy of a live presentation and webcast by Paul Craddock, a materials scientist at the British Museum, recorded at the Natural History Darwin Centre. He explores some of the scientific approaches to revealing the fakes and unravelling the true history of suspect pieces.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2004
Subjects
Science
Keywords
forensic science; forgery; materials science; museums; hoaxes

Online availability

URI
http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/science-of-natural-history/forensic-sleuth/webcast-thescienceofdetectingvid/the-science-of-detecting-fakes-and-forgeries.html
Delivery
Streamed

Distributor

Name

Natural History Museum Nature Online

Web
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Phone
020 7942 5000

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