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Artnews reports on Italian art investigations aimed to protect the country's antiquities. The first piece profiles "Roberto Conforti, head of the Italian art and antiquities police, the largest such force in the world." The second story sheds light on a finding by the Italian investigators that antiquities exposed in American museum and worth millions of dollars have been illegally excavated from Italy in the 80s and 90s. Italy is pursuing claims for the objects and threaten to block important loan agreements with museums, Eakin reports.
ARTnews finds that artisans in mainland China are creating remarkable art forgeries that can fool any specialist. The field of antique Chinese painting is so rife with copies and fakes that the major auction houses will not guarantee the authenticity of what they sell and dealers of Chinese paintings say they have seen fakes that are technically better executed than the originals.
Discover Magazine reports that "In just a few centuries, the people of Easter Island wiped out their forest, drove their plants and animals to extinction, and saw their complex society spiral into chaos and cannibalism. Are we about to follow their lead? Among the most riveting mysteries of human history are those posed by vanished civilizations..."