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Famous European archaeologist James Mellart who discovered at territories of modern Turkey the oldest Neolithic settlements Hajjilar and Chatal-Hyuk, who are more than nine thousand years old, after their death caught in forging many of his discoveries.
The most amazing thing is that before his death (he died in 2012 year at the age of 86) Mellart himself turned to his colleagues – historians and archaeologists – parse and publish documents from your archive. Among those who did this was the president. Luberian Research Foundation Eberhard Zangger.
Studying the so-called “prototypes” of rock inscriptions and frescoes, which Mellart in his scientific works showed how real existing, Zangger concluded that these are fakes. That’s what he told Live Science:
Millart used the same for half a century approach, that is, painstakingly studied all the information about the territory, which I was interested in, and then used the knowledge to creating a coherent historical picture. There is nothing in this method. reprehensible, it is used by many archaeologists and historians. But true scientists then look for evidence that disproves them guesses or, conversely, confirm. Mellart, forged drawings artifacts he needed, he himself created translations supposedly real existing wall inscriptions – and all this in order to back up your theories. How many of Mellart’s “finds” are false, and how many genuine, it’s very difficult to install, since he created a mixture of already published facts, as yet unpublished data and own imagination. Unraveling all this is difficult – almost impossible.
Note that James Mellart was generally an adventurer. It is enough to cite this fact from his biography: in 1964, the authorities Turkey suspected of helping smugglers exporting from countries archaeological finds and values. After that participate in the excavations in Turkey, Mellart was simply banned …