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Hoax or not? Three ancient texts with controversial origins

Hoax or not? Three ancient texts with controversial origins

New Scientist

Image: Zangger/Woudhuizen

This month Eberhard Zangger and Fred Woudhuizen publish details of an ancient document, the “Beyköy text”. It supports a controversial theory about the collapse of Bronze Age civilisations 3200 years ago – one of the most important events in prehistory.

But other researchers are convinced the document is a fake. It is far from the first archaeological text to have been disputed. Here are three others that show it can be surprisingly hard to tell a hoax from the genuine article. Read more on newscientist.com…