How loosely do you define “antiquity”? Would something “quite a few months old” qualify? Technological advances and the resourcefulness of forgers have created what one expert calls a “pandemic” of fake gold jewelry that’s being presented—and sold—as ancient or medieval. Jack Ogden, the president of the Society of Jewellery Historians, told The Guardian that a combination of 3D printers and old-school filigree work involving “designs applied with the point and cap of a ballpoint pen” have resulted in a market flooded with ersatz collectibles. Ogden, who “estimates that half of the supposed ancient gold jewellery he is shown is fake,” addresses the issue in detail in the new issue of Antiqvvs magazine. Still, he said, “I actually admire forgers enormously. They’re very clever guys.”

One of the hottest tourist destinations these days is apparently the Luding Bridge, which crosses the Dadu River in Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, China. (It’s about 50 miles west of Ya’an, if that helps.) For several years, and especially with overseas travel curtailed, mainland-Chinese vacationers have been heading for places that loom large, if sometimes factually imprecisely, in the history of the Communist Party, the Red Army, and Mao Zedong. “Citing data from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, [the state-run tabloid] Global Times reports that the number of people ‘taking part in red tourism’ has increased from 140 million in 2004 to 1.41 billion in 2019,” wrote Mercedes Hutton in the South China Morning Post,meaning that “every single Chinese citizen (and then some) visited a red tourism site in the year before Covid-19 struck.”