The human and animal remains discovered at Piltdown, near Lewes in Sussex almost 100 years ago were at the time hailed as the 'missing link' between ape and man. It was not until 1953 that modern analysis conclusively revealed an ingenious hoax. The perpetrator was almost certainly the antiquarian excavator Charles Dawson who, as Miles Russell shows, was responsible for sixteen other archaeological forgeries during his lifetime.
Dr Miles Russell is a senior lecturer in prehistoric and Roman archaeology at Bournemouth University. He has worked as a field officer and project manager for the UCL Field Archaeology Unit, the Oxford Archaeological Unit and Bournemouth Archaeology on sites across Southern England, Wales, Scotland, the Isle of Man, Germany, Sicily and Russia. He is currently researching prehistoric monumental architecture, archaeological hoaxes and Roman imperial statuary. He is co-director of the Durotriges Project and REGNVM investigating the transition from the Iron Age to Roman period in SW and SE Britain.
Miles is a regular contributor to television and radio, his most recent appearances being in Time Team, Timewatch, The Seven Ages of Britain, Museum Discoveries, Gangsters of Science, Mysteries in the Landscape, the One Show, Digging for Britain and Sacred Wonders of Britain. He is the author of twelve books, including The Piltdown Man Hoax: Case Closed, UnRoman Britain: Exposing the Great Myth of Britannia (with Stuart Laycock), Bloodline: the Celtic Kings of Roman Britain, Roman Sussex, Prehistoric Sussex, Monuments of the British Neolithic: the Roots of Architecture, Flint Mines in Neolithic Britain, Rough Quarries Rocks and Hills, Piltdown Man: the Secret Life of Charles Dawson, Digging Holes in Popular Culture: Archaeology and Science Fiction, and numerous other papers and journal articles.