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Finds that made Basques proud are fake, say experts

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  • robert-blau@webtv.net
    I hate when that happens. Finds that made Basques proud are fake, say experts The Guardian [UK], November 24 2008 It was hailed as an archeological discovery
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      I hate when that happens.

      Finds that made Basques proud are fake, say experts
      The Guardian [UK], November 24 2008

      It was hailed as an archeological discovery of global importance
      showing, among other things, the oldest representation of Christ on the
      cross and proof that ancient Egyptian influences had survived deep in
      Roman Spain. For traditional Basques the pictures, symbols and words
      found scraped onto pieces of third century pottery dug up near the town
      of Nanclares, in northern Spain, included miraculous evidence that their
      unique language of Euskara was far older than ever thought. Eighteen
      months ago the dig's director, Eliseo Gil, claimed that some finds at
      the Roman town known as Veleia were on par with those at Pompeii or Rome
      itself. Basque nationalists bristled with pride. This archeological
      jewel gave them a far greater claim to a distinctive, millennial and
      Christian culture than they had dreamed possible. Now a committee of
      experts has revealed those jewels to be fakes. "They are either a joke
      or a fraud," said Martín Almagro, a professor in prehistory from
      Madrid. "How has something like this been taken seriously for so long?"
      The hunt is on for an archeological fraudster who defaced fragments of
      third century pottery with fake graffiti.

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