The following short article appeared in the Nov. 6 Denver Post. I think it
refers to the archeological site that Glenn mentioned in his Oct. 31 post to
Tokyo--A leading Japanese archaeologist admitted Sunday he lied about finding
stone tools at an archaeological site believed to be among the world's oldest
At an emotional news congerence, Shinichi Fujimura confessed to staging the
discovery. He spoke after a major newspaper ran three photographs on its
front page Sunday, showing him digging holes at the site and burying the
implements, which were rocks modified by humans for cutting or scraping.
"I did something I shouldn't have done," said Fujimura, the vice chairman of
the Tohuku Paleolithic Institute.
Fujimura's research team on Oct. 23 announced that while excavating a site in
Miyagi state, about 186 miles northeast of Tokyo, they had dug up several
holes that appeared to have held pillars that supported primitive dwellings.
But 61 of 65 stone items supposedly dug up at the site were actually from
Fujimura's own collection of artifacts taken from earlier excavations, said
institute chairman Toshiaki Kamata. (AP) [Denver Post, Nov.6, 2000; p.7A]
Karl V. Evans
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