Simply by evoking the titles professor, archeologist, Egyptologist, dr. the majority of the public will take any thing they say as a fact, but even if they do have some kind of education and do not apply it to any artifact presented as legitimate, what good would their education be?
There are usually three phases in the chain of artifacts or evidence of some ancient find.
a) The persons who claim to find it.
b) The "experts" who authenticate it, and
c) The finally customer which is usually some museum.
Unless a museum is 100% supported by the government, it is a profit making business. If the owners found they had forgeries and thought no one would find out, it will not be them who exposes the fraud. The artifacts purchased by museums are profit makers. The public stands in lines and pays to see what they believe to be valuable ancient artifacts.
If the museum took the Mona Lisa in a back room for restoration and replaced it with a copy and 10,000 visitors walked through, how many would go home believing they had a great experience and saw the famous painting?
Why would any one go through the trouble to forge ancient text or antiques?
* If they can sell it,they could get tens of thousands ... millions for it.
* If they created a forgery they could not keep and planted it in a dig, it would contribute to their fame.They could make thousands of dollars in speaking engagements.
* If they planted a forgery in a dig which would be of important significance, by "finding such an important artifact", they would gain fame for themselves (i.e. The German who found the Nefertiti bust)If they could plant such a forgery of importance, they could write books and make hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Why would any one go through the trouble to forge ancient text or antiques, go to your favorite search engine and type in "fake artifacts" ... "forged artifacts" .. "fake paintings"
Forged paintings and artifacts are a multi-million dollar business.
One documentary on TV was the account of a Jewish business man namedOded Golan. He was a famous collector Israel's largest private collections of antiquities.
He set up a scam to have a stooge take a piece to have it examined. The piece was supposed to be a tablet that presented evidence of the temple of King Solomon.
If the artifact was not examined, it would have been sold for millions.
It was later discovered that this forger also happened to be the owner of theossuary inscribed on the side were the words 'James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus.' It was heralded as the first physical evidence of the existence of Jesus Christ and caused a worldwide sensation. It was displayed for the general public in Canada in the royal Ontario museum, and the exhibit received almost 100,000 visitors. And strangely, the owner was Oded Golan.
When police searchedGolan's apartment they found a hidden workshop filled with tools and half made artifacts. There were also boxes of soil that could be used in a fake patina. But what was most suspicious were the artifacts. Some were in the early stages of preparation, like this casting for a bronze statue. And some appeared finished, like these royal seals, or bullae. Boaz Gaon:
Collectors around the world had paid thousands of dollars for supposedly ancient seals, painted pottery shards and other artifactsthat came through Oded Golan's associates. Dozens of these items have now been examined by professor Goren, and ALL have been revealed to be forgeries.
Authorities are aware that artifacts made by theOded Golan forgers are now being displayed in leading museums around the world.
[ Do you think the museum owners who became aware that Golan was a mass producer of forgeries, handed their items over to the authorities or even destroyed them?]
BoazGaon artifacts are currently shown in Israel, in London, in new York, in Paris ...
Everything which came to the market in the last 20 years or so, things which did not come from an excavation, should be considered a fake unless otherwise proven.
And how trust worthy are things found in excavations? Read the accounts of Parry who claimed his smuggled "artifacts" came out of excavations.
But what about wall paintings? How hard would it be to re-write history by simply adding information to ancient wall paintings? Has it been done and how could it be proven?
I have been told there are images now in the tombs of ancient Egypt that never existed before. If so how did they get there?
When I was told this story, I put it in the bucket with myths, but I also filed it with keep it in the back of your mind.
People have been looking at these walls for centuries and after 1850, photography was developed.
There has been a chain of magazines, archeology associations who have photographed those walls over the centuries.
There would only be two ways I could think of to verify a forgery in a wall painting:
1 Test the paint of the supposed forged area
2 Look at very early photographs of those walls and see if there is any thing there now that did not exist in earlier times.
WHEN SHOULD FORGERY BE SUSPECTED
After antiques became valuable. The beginning period being after the 1900s. The frenzy period was after the tomb of King Tut was found.
WHAT SHOULD BE SUSPECT OF FORGERY
* Every thing that can be physically carried by any one to a dig.
* Every thing that has been brought out of Egypt with out an antique permit to leave the country.
Unlike "Solomon's Tablet", 99.999% of all "artifacts" are never tested.
Any one who evokes the title of professor, archeologist, Egyptologist can say, look at what I found and by the virtue of their title alone, the piece is deemed an authentic ancient artifact.
Those who call themselves professor, archeologist, Egyptologist, have been found to be forgers and liars. If there is profit to be made titles are a moot point. Only by actual scientist can items be identified as fakes and fakes that can be made identical with actual antiques, become authentic antiques themselves.
Forgeries are not only made for profit, they can also be used in religious or political propaganda. i.e. In the example of the James Ossuary, when it first appeared, Christians around the world cried, Ah Ha, proof that Jesus existed. When it was found that it came from the forger Oded Golan, now there are web pages of 'Jews' who laugh and say, tee hee, proof that Jesus was a fake.
"Solomon's Tablet" followed the same kind of wishful thinking. 'Jews' around the world wanted to believe there was actual proof that Solomon's temple existed, so Oden Golan, forged the proof that would fill his pockets.