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Virtual Artifacts: eBay, Antiquities, and Authenticity

NCJ Number
Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice Volume: 27 Issue: 4 Dated: November 2011 Pages: 449-464
Emily Fay
Date Published
November 2011
16 pages
This article examines online auctions and the authenticity of artifacts.
Criminological investigations into the trade in antiquities have mainly focused on the sale of stolen artifacts or looted archaeological material; however, the question of authenticity has received little attention. This article examines the market for antiquities on eBay to investigate the claims made by sellers about the authenticity of artifacts and discusses the complexities of unraveling the fake from the genuine. (Published Abstract)