Ancient Middle East clay tablets seized at Heathrow are 'fakes'

But even though a joint operation between the Border Force and the British Museum has confirmed that the contents of the two metal trunks are fakes, the copies are so convincing that the London institution will use them as teaching aids. The tablets were baked in a modern kiln to look ancient (Photo: British Museum) An eagle-eyed Heathrow Border Force official instigated a breakthrough in the emerging market in faked Middle Eastern antiquities. St John Simpson, curator, the British Museum said: “These seizures confirm an emerging trend: capitalising on interest in the purchase of antiquities, unscrupulous traders are faking Middle Eastern objects for sale.