History / Was It a Hoax?

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Can you determine whether each incident is based on a hoax (H) or a real archeological discovery (R)?

Updated Nov 8, 2013

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Wooden writing tablets found at Vindolanda are the oldest handwritten documents in Britain.
A man working in a gravel pit in Piltdown, East Sussex found pieces of a skull with a human-like cranium and an ape-like jaw in 1908.
Shinichi Fujimura found multiple stone artifacts about 570,000 years old, October 23, 2000.
Several artifacts with Egyptian hieroglyphics were found in Central Michigan in 1890.
Quarry workers in Tarragona, Spain found March 9, 1850 the sarcophagus of Hercules, linking him to the Egyptians.
In 2003, archaeologists found a skeleton measuring 1.06 m (3' 7”) dating to about 12,000 years ago, on the Indonesian island of Flores.
While excavating a Middle Bronze Age palace, Arthur Evans found in 1900 clay tablets with a never-before seen language.
In 2010, archaeologists found evidence of a circle made of wooden posts about half a mile away from Stonehenge.
In 2003, the Bolton Museum purchased the 'Amarna Princess,' a 20 inch Egyptian statue dating to around 1350 B.C., for £439,767.
Wilfrid Voynich purchased a manuscript in 1912 which dates to the early 15th century, but the script and language is unknown and it documents plants not resembling known species.
Farmers in 1974 in Xi'an, China discovered 8,000 life-sized soldiers, 130 chariots, and 150 horses.
In 1895, Crimean peasants found a solid gold crown depicting Scythian daily life. The Louvre purchased the crown for 200,000 francs.
William Kelso found the partial remains of a human skull in a trash pile in Jamestown, indicating the colonists had to resort to cannibalism during the winter of 1609-1610.
Well diggers found a ten foot tall petrified man in Cardiff, New York on the property of William C. Newell, October 16 1869.
Constantine Rafinesque translated wooden plaques he received in 1822, called the Walam Olum ('Red Record') which tell how the Lenape Native Americans crossed the Bering Strait.
Archaeologists found a clay fragment dating to the 14th century B.C. with cuneiform writing on it in Jerusalem in 2010.
Wolfgang Helbig found a gold fibula (dress pin) with a Latin inscription on it which dated to the 6th century B.C.
In 1901, an early precursor to the computer was found among a shipwreck dating to the early 1st century B.C.
In 1924, Raymond Dart discovered Australopithecus, indicating hominids originated in Africa.
During the California gold rush (1866), a human skull was found buried beneath million-year-old volcanic deposits.
A 2600-year-old mummy of the daughter of King Xerxes was found in Pakistan in 2000.
Hikers in the Alps found Europe's oldest naturally preserved mummy September 19, 1991.

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