Science: The Fakes of Hacilar

Few things anger archaeologists and art historians more than being taken in by fake antiquities. A recent series of laboratory tests gives them good reason to be furious. A team of British and European experts, using a new dating technique, has reported that 48 of 66 objects thought to be from Hacilar, a settlement that existed 7,000 years ago in southwestern Turkey, are forgeries. The results of their investigations, published in the current issue of Oxford's Archaeometry, also showed that 25 "Etruscan" wall paintings on terra cotta, for which Swiss, American and other...

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