The Japan Times
October 12, 2001

Archaeoloical 'finds' proved bogus

SAITAMA (Kyodo) Disgraced archaeologist Shinichi Fujimura faked discoveries at all of the nine sites he worked on in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture, an investigation committee of the Saitama Prefectural Board of Education said Thursday.

None of the 162 items that were unearthed at the sites and were subsequently examined by the National Science Museum actually derive from the early Paleolithic period, the committee said.

The latest announcement is based on scientific evidence that corroborates earlier confessions of deception made by 51-year-old Fujimura, the former deputy director of the Tohoku Paleolithic Institute in Tagajo, Miyagi Prefecture.

According to examinations carried out by museum experts, stone artifacts Fujimura claimed to have unearthed at the sites feature uniform surface weathering and contain rusted iron.

The committee added that the finds are unnatural from an archaeological viewpoint, since the artifacts in question could only have been made via a special technique developed during Japan's Jomon period, which roughly covers from 10,000 B.C. to 300 B.C. The Paleolithic roughly spans from 2 million B.C. to 10,000 B.C.

Education board officials said they will consider plans to cancel the archaeological status of seven of the sites in Saitama. The other two were not registered as such.