May 19, 2024
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Researches Introduce Web3-Based Protocol to Authenticate Cultural Artifacts

Computer scientist Adel Khelifi, affiliated with the University of Abu Dhabi, and archaeologist Mark Altaweel from University College London, have recently unveiled their new project, Salsal. This initiative introduces a Web3-based verification-as-a-service model focused on determining and recording the authenticity and provenance of cultural artifacts. The main goal behind Salsal is to connect the realm of historical artifacts with an on-chain validation system that ensures tamper-proof and non-replicable information.

Presently, there is no globally recognized official registry for historically significant items. Despite this, numerous regions have regulations governing the procurement, collection, trade, and acquisition of culturally important artifacts, especially when found on public or protected land.

Many highly valuable historical artifacts remain unaccounted for, including notable ones like the Honjo Masamune and the Crown Jewels of Ireland, which have been lost over time, often due to theft. Additionally, countless other artifacts have been looted from historically significant sites before experts could catalog them.

Salsal’s team aims to tackle some of these concerns by establishing a protocol for identifying, grading, and recording information about specific artifacts using various technology tools.

When a cultural heritage organization seeks validation for its collection, it can upload images and descriptions to the Salsal service. A group of experts then employs a process similar to the Museums Association’s grading system, rating the artifacts on a five-point scale.

The Salsal website states:

“Once proven to be legitimate, the Collector can turn it into an NFT, which is a Non Fungible Token. We use NFTs as their data is stored on the Blockchain and is immutable, allowing us to document the transfer of ownership accurately.”

The researchers behind Salsal ultimately envision widespread adoption of their service. They foresee a future where curators aspire to have their collections validated through Salsal for verification purposes, much like having a rare collectible, such as a comic book, graded by a commercial validator.

While there are already existing databases containing information on historical artifacts, a unified database running on an immutable blockchain could serve as a deterrent against theft and looting by requiring sellers and curators to document provenance.

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