FAKES & FRAUDS
Every year the art faker's job gets
just a little bit harder, thanks to the development of new scientific
methods for determining the real age of works of art. Now atomic
energy has been called to aid, as two recent developments on the art
sleuthing scene testify.
In England, Oxford University's Research Laboratory for Archaeology
announced that after seven years' work, it had perfected a
"thermoluminescence" technique for determining the age of any ceramic,
from a 6,000-year-old potsherd to a 19th century vase. The technique
employs the radiation-measuring devices used...
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