This will be simple to debunk if it IS a hoax. I don’t see how anybody could have hoped to profit from a hoax of this sort, too easy to debunk, not enough money in it one way or other.
Really? Looks like that email from that man is false and he sounds like he may be jealous or something. I doubt very much that this is a hoax with all of the people involved in this and a Dr. and other Turkish folks. Looks like they finally found it!
And they are not chicoms...they are a christian group from Hong Kong which used to be free...and I guess they duped several Turkish officials too??
the gist — Evangelical Christian and previously a member of this team, Dr. Randall Price, an evangelical Christian and former member of this team, is director of the Center for Judaic Studies at the conservative Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, wrote in a leaked email that some local Kurds “are said to have planted large wood beams taken from an old structure in the Black Sea area... During the summer of 2009 more wood was planted inside a cave at the site. The Chinese team went in the late summer of 2009 (I was there at the time and knew about the hoax) and was shown the cave with the wood and made their film...”