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Was antiquity really so tacky?

The ancient Greeks did it, and now the Phoenicians too. Over the past few...

A brief hiatus: Onwards to Uzbekistan

My apologies for a few weeks hiatus over here at Artful Science. Last summer...

Gold gilding, ancient amber and a mysterious hidden sculpture: A new cultural heritage journal launches!

There’s beautiful gold gilding at Reales Alcazares royal palace in...

Daisies, frankincense, mint, and mercury help preserve Richard the Lionheart’s heart

This is a guest blog post from Stu Borman, a C&EN senior correspondent...

Photo fraud: eBay to the rescue!

In the 1990s the market for photos exploded. As snapshots started selling...

Two million-year-old whale fossils printed with 3D technology

These may look like real fossils, but they are actually perfect plastic...

The two Mona Lisas debate – Everybody take a breath now.

“The Mona Lisa Foundation’s mission is to make Leonardo’s ‘Earlier...

Fake crystal Aztec skulls

There’s a great report out about how the British Museum and the...

When a Rembrandt copy is not a forgery

So you’d think that making a replica of a Rembrandt might be frowned upon...

Ancient Roman cosmetics: Skin cream from the 2nd century A.D.

Last week, while working on an article about the chemical make-up of...