When James Mellaart, a renowned British archaeologist, died in 2012, he left instructions for the publication of one last set of documents in the belief that it would further his life-long goal of reinterpreting the evolution of Bronze Age Europe.
The papers and translations based on hieroglyphs supposedly discovered by Dr Mellaart during headline-grabbing excavations decades earlier in Turkey offered tantalising new evidence for the fate of the same early civilisations immortalised in the writings of Homer.
There was only one problem: Fellow academics shown these documents have now put forward allegations that they included elaborate, meticulous fakes.
Eberhard Zangger, a Swiss expert who had long admired Dr Mellaart for his discovery in the 1960s of the now famous 9,000-year-old Bronze Age site of Catalhoyuk (regarded as one of the world’s first cities and recently listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site), has put forward evidence that the British academic, fabricated drawings of artefacts and translations to support his theories about early civilisation in Asia Minor.
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