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Article 1- Excavating Egypt (Newsprint)

This article tells of a typical working day for an
archaeologist in Egypt. It tells of an experienced
archaeologist named, Dr. David OíConnor. He speaks of his
working site, Abydos, and tells of what he has discovered
since he started working on the site. In his 30 years of
working there, he has uncovered 12 wooden boats, each about
60 feet long encased in 96-foot graves. He has also found
the remains of an entire settlement covering about 16 acres.
He annually spends up to $150,000 to pay of his fellow
archaeologists and his laborers. He does receive funds from
private institutions and government agencies to help
support his effort in Abydos.

In reading this article, I have become puzzled as to
how so many people working there can split $150,000. It says
that 20-25 scientists and 30-60 laborers are employed. I
understand that he does receive funds from institutions,
but I would not think that it would be upwards of enough
money to support so many people. I have always respected
archaeologists for what they do but now I have a deeper
respect for Egyptian archaeologists. I do hope to visit
Egypt someday though and experience what it is like

Article 2- Cosmetic Surgery Discovered on Ancient Roman
Portrait (Newsprint)

This article tells of artists in the modern day
performing work on damaged ancient artifacts. It specifies
on a head statue that was received as a gift by the
Nelson-Atkins Museum. Scientists noticed some unusual
features on the statueís head and investigated it to
discover that somebody had fixed it up before it was given
to them. They used gamma-radiographs to find that somebody
had fixed the headís broken neck with metal dowels and

I found it pretty remarkable that some people may get
away doing this without anybody knowing of it. It makes me
wonder if some of the great artifacts that we have on
display today have been tampered with and that they may not
be 100% ancient. I donít see that there is anything wrong
with this. Iíd rather look at a fixed up display than view
one that has been badly damaged and is hard to make out.

Article 3- Faking It: A Forgerís Biography (Newsprint)

This article tells of a modern day man, Alceo Dossena
(1878-1937), and his ability to create artificial art pieces
of ancient civilizations. He created sculptures in almost
every style: Greek, Etruscan, Gothic and Italian
Renaissance. He would sculpt them, then age them by giving
them acid baths and then would proceed to bury them,
allowing them to age. He was able to fool some of the
greatest historians and scientists in the world. One of his
art pieces was sold to a dealer who then sold it for
$225,000, the highest price of any of Dossenaís artworks.
Dossena claimed that he did not make his art to cheat people
out of their money. He then sued his dealer and won.

When reading this article, I began to wonder if some of
the great artworks today might be fake. Perhaps someone
painted or sculpted them earlier in the century, and sold it
off as an ancient work of art. I am reluctant to think that
it ha

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