By Steven Romano Apr 22, 2013
Japanese Paleolithic Artifacts
Japan isn’t exactly a prime location to find paleolithic artifacts dating far before the country's Jōmon period, yet this didn’t stop amateur archeologist Shinichi Fujimura from gaining undue recognition. During the ‘70s, Fujimura made a name for himself by discovering chipped stone tools, riding the wave of success while skeptics questioned his knack for finding these artifacts so frequently. In 2000, the newspaper Mainichi Shimbun undertook an audacious exposé, eager to discredit Fujimura as a fraud. Rigging an excavation site with hidden cameras, footage revealed he buried paleolithic items in the ground, outing him after nearly 30 years.