Japan is having to hastily rewrite its entire pre-history after an archeologist known as “The Hands of God” was revealed to have systematically faked his fantastic discoveries.
For nearly 30 years, Shinichi Fujimura happened to be in exactly the right place at just the right time. He unearthed stone tools that offered a vast new treasure trove of data about Japan’s middle Palaeolithic age. Other finds were dated to 100,000 years ago.
But a full-scale investigation by the Japanese Archeological Association has confirmed the worst – that Mr Fujimura , 53, was committing fraud on a vast scale.
He entirely fabricated his astonishing finds at 159 of the 178 sites he worked on, it concluded.