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Dr. Lapatin delivered a lecture entitled, "Archaeological Forgeries: Why Fakes Matter". As long as ancient artifacts have been valued, forgers have created fakes to satisfy the desires of collectors. Although forgeries contaminate the archaeological record and are dangerous misrepresentations of the past, they also have considerable value as indices of contemporary taste and preconceptions about antiquity. The lecture surveyed some notable instances of archaeological forgery and suggests ways in which one can learn from them.

Dr. Kenneth Lapatin is Associate Curator of Antiquities with the J. Paul Getty Museum. He holds his degrees from the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D.), and Oxford University (M. Stud.), and his areas of specialization are ancient Mediterranean Art and archaeology (particularly the Aegean Bronze Age, Greek and Roman), historiography, forgery, reception, and luxury arts. He has conducted fieldwork in Caesaria Martima (Israel), Roma and Corinth, and his main publications include "Chryselephantine Statuary in the Ancient Mediterranean World", and "Mysteries of the Snake Goddess: Art, Desire, and the Forging of History". Dr. Lapatin is the AIA’s 2009/2010 Joukowsky Lecturer.

The lecture was held at the Toledo Museum of Art.