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AURUM: Archaeometry and authenticity of gold

Guerra, MF; Rehren, THH; (2009) AURUM: Archaeometry and authenticity of gold. ArcheoSciences , 33 pp. 13-18. Green open access

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Abstract

In this introduction to volume 33 of ArcheoSciences, we provide a brief overview of the use and abuse of gold over time, and its different aspects, from the mine to the objects, their use, analysis, and restoration. For this purpose, we focus on the papers presented in this volume, which originate from the Workshop AURUM: authentication and analysis of goldwork, organised under the auspices of the EU-DG Research funded project AUTHENTICO. The main aim of this project was to develop tools and expertise for law enforcement agencies to combat illicit trade in antiquities and to fight fraud and forgeries; to do so requires an understanding of the diversity of the cultural, technical and material manifestations of gold artefacts, and their very specific combinations and expressions. Some of the scholarly foundations of this endeavour are illustrated by the selection of the 55 papers, arranged in five topical sections, which are introduced in this text. / Dans cette introduction au volume 33 d’ArcheoSciences, nous faisons un bref bilan du us et abus de l’or au long du temps, des divers aspects qu’il peut prendre de la mine à l’objet, et de l’utilisation des objets d’or, de leur analyse et de leur restauration. Ce bilan repose sur les articles présentés dans ce volume, qui émanent du Workshop AURUM : authentification et analyse d’objets en or, organisé sous les auspices du projet AUTHENTICO, financé par le DG-Recherche de la Commission Européenne. Le but principal de ce projet a été le développement d’outils et de compétences pour combattre le trafic illicite d’antiquités et pour lutter contre la fraude et le commerce de faux. Pour atteindre cette fin, il est nécessaire de comprendre la diversité des manifestations culturelles, techniques et matérielles des objets en or et leurs combinaisons et expressions très spécifiques. Quelques uns de ces fondements sont illustrés par les 55 articles, organisés en cinq sections thématiques, qui sont introduits par ce texte.

Type: Article
Title: AURUM: Archaeometry and authenticity of gold
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://archeosciences.revues.org/1894
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © ArcheoSciences 2009. This article may be reproduced for personal, scientific or educational use only, provided that proper credit is given to the published source and that no commercial use is carried out. Any other reproduction requires the permission of the publisher.
Keywords: analysis, AURUM, forgerie, gold, introduction, analyse, AURUM, faux, or
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1475934
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