The Piltdown Man Caper (and Five Other Archeological Hoaxes)

Jan 8, 2013

Replica of the Piltdown skull
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It has been a century since one of the most publicized scientific hoaxes was presented to the world, and only sixty years since the find was exposed as a fraud. Here to talk about the centennial anniversary of the discovery of Piltdown Man is Robert Goodby. He’s an archeologist and Associate Professor at Franklin Pierce University.

Piltdown Man isn’t the only example of con artists taking on this captivatingly unique (yet seemingly challenging) form of fraudulence and deception. Check out this hilarious list of “Five Archeological Frauds (That Fooled the World)” courtesy of Cracked.