Science: The Erudite Faker

When the famous jaw of "Piltdown man" was proved by chemical tests to be a skillful fake (TIME. Nov. 30. 1953), some authorities were unwilling to condemn the late Charles Dawson, a respected antiquarian of southern England who claimed to have found it in 1911. The faking was too good, the experts said, for a man without technical skill.

Respect for Dawson's skill has now gone up, and his moral repute has taken a tumble. Curator John Manwaring Baines of Hastings Museum found that five more antiquities that had been lent to the museum by Dawson and later bought from his widow,...

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