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    THERE would appear to be good ground for believing that another senfiational archæological discovery has suffered the late many of its kind in the past and has failed stand the test of examination by experts. The remarkable character of the finds at Glozel, in which objects of neolithic culture akin to the Ægean, inscriptions on clay tablets, and engravings of animals on pebbles wore found in association, aroused no little scepticism at the time of their discovery; but Dr. Salomon Reinach was convinced of their authenticity and, relying upon their evidence, put forward the theory that a degenerate Magdalenian culture had lasted, so late as 4000–3500 B.C., with the consequence that the Magdalenian must be placed so low as 5000 B.C. The resemblance of the script on the tablets to that alleged to have been found in a Portuguese dolmen in 1894 was immediately apparent. Tt has been stated that a confession of forgery has appeared in Belgium, but confirmation of this is not yet to hand. In the issue of Antiquity for June, Mr. Crawford gives in some detail the results of an examination of the objects themselves, and subjects the circumstances of the find to a critical scrutiny based upon a personal inspection of the ground. He is persuaded that the objects in question are forgeries. His case is convincing; all the more so in that his opinion coincides with that of the Abbe Brouil.

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