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Authentication methodologies for metal artefacts based on material composition and manufacturing techniques

The forgery of original works of art and fraudulent dealing of counterfeits has been a problem ever since ancient times, a global challenge at level with trafficking of weapons, drugs, human beings. AUTHENTICO project n. 044480, financed by the European Commission, DG Research, under the 6th Framework Programme, proposes a multidisciplinary research to face this problem and provide a cost-effective science, technology and culture based strategy for the authentication of movable cultural patrimony, in particular of metal artefacts (precious and non-precious). Ten partners take part in the project, representing 8 countries: Belgium, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Italy, Poland, Tajikistan and United Kingdom, involving research centers, academia, Museums, Conservation services, superintendencies, SMEs, significantly contributing to building strong ties beyond Europe, spreading a European ethical approach for Cultural Heritage through Third Countries participation. AUTHENTICO is coordinated by EJTN GEIE, the European Jewellery Technology Network, active in research since 1998. Direct support and interaction from Law Enforcement Agency – the Italian Comando Carabinieri Tutela Patrimonio Culturale – and from Civil Protection representatives will expand and increase the validity, applicability and usefulness of the project.

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