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Are questions about the authenticity of a given artifact off-topic? If so, are there any sites on SE for these types of questions?

  • Historical Artifacts? Religious artifacts? To my mind the answer is "If the artifact can be proven authentic through historical sources & methods, then very likely yes. If authenticity must be proven through other disciplines, then No.". Could you clarify the question? – Mark C. Wallace Jul 12 '15 at 12:23
  • I mean questions like, "I have this ancient Egyptian scarab and was wondering if it's authentic" – dramzy Jul 12 '15 at 14:16
  • I would be skeptical of such questions. Certainly we could point out obvious means of detecting a fake, but the only conclusion is "My fake wasn't made by a total idiot!" I doubt we could convey the knowledge, skills and abilities to authenticate an artifact. The best approach is to take it to a professional. – Mark C. Wallace Jul 12 '15 at 20:57

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