A Double-Edged Sword: The Rise of Fakes and Forgeries in the Antiquities Market

With the advent of online markets such as eBay and Craigslist, the antiquities market has entered a whole new playing field in the past few decades. One unexpected side effect is a marked increase in the number of forgeries being made and sold across the world – to tourists, dealers, collectors, and experts alike. What effects do these fake artefacts have on the antiquities market? We can all think of negative ones, such as an increased tendency of fakes turning up in museum collections. However, it may surprise you to learn that there are quite a few positive ones too! Join our host and special guest Dr. Charles Stanish, who will recount his experiences in South America with forgers and his thoughts on the circulation of fake artefacts in online forums.

stanish fotoCharles Stanish is the Director of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology and professor of Anthropology at UCLA. He specializes in the development of complex political and economic systems in the pre-modern world.  He has worked extensively throughout South America. His theoretical work focuses on the roles that trade, war, and labor play in the evolution of human cooperation and society.  He holds the Lloyd Cotsen Chair at UCLA, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States.


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