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Thursday, July 19

Yahoo / Reuters Peru museum finds all that glitters may not be gold: "Asked how many of the glittering ceremonial daggers, pieces of jewellery and ritual ornaments may be replicas, Maguina told Reuters: 'It could be that 15 percent are original and 85 percent copies. But we are checking. These figures have to be treated with great caution.'" It's easy to imagine how original items were replaced by copies over time as they were shipped for exhibits outside Peru. There is a huge blackmarket for Pre-Columbian artefacts.



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