You’d be amazed at some of the conspiracies scientists engage in.
Read up on Piltdown Man.
No one actually knows who built it, but the resulting frenzy after its discovery is actually typical of today’s science as well.
Theories abound on who built it, but my favorite one was that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle made it as a joke. If so, he died not many years after the discovery and couldn’t fess up to it.
The Royal College of Surgeons flatly said it was a fake. Anthropologists wouldn’t hear of it because they wanted to believe it was real. They do the same reasoning every few years each time they dig up some chimp and call it a “missing link” or a “hominid”..And there is the difference between science and a religion. Archeology is a science that looks for facts. Anthropology is a religion that tries to force facts to fit it’s ideas. Even today, you hear the land bridge theory, despite archeology indicating that people went west across the Strait rather than east (except the Innuit), or trying to make every artifact found into a religious icon. While entertaining at times, programs like Bones get it completely wrong in that people doing that job have M.D. degrees, not anthropology degrees.