Tiffiny Tung

 - a Professor, but also a liar -

To whom it concerns


(I hope any reader is a person of integrity)

This letter (now slightly altered) was sent to about 30 academics.


An unjust individual is in a constant state of unrest, always dissatisfied, and his own enemy.

(free after Socrates)


Mid-August 2022 I promised someone to email him about the situation regarding Tung and Scaffidi. Well, the situation changed considerably, because on 13-Aug-2022 I received an email from Justin Jennings, an acedemic archaeologist, in which he writes (mind you, I am not at all blaming Justin, he is just the messenger):

I did talk to Scaffidi and Tung about this years ago, and think there was a point in 2012 where the [Beringa?] photos would have been presented and a different path taken. It was not your intention, but they felt bullied in those early correspondence and felt it was best to end the correspondence (MY emphases and [addition]).

Unfortunately, It now proves that Justin has been lied to by Tung and Scaffidi, years ago (thus long before their 2020-falsification). They manipulated him without offering him ANY proof of me bullying them. I take this accusation of "bullying" extremely seriously, having been a teacher for 32 years and hating bullying. What I also hate are liars like Tung and Scaffidi (see below). I spent a hot summer morning to re-read all the 2012-emails that I sent to S and T and their replies. NOWHERE could I find anything indecent or disturbing from my side, NOWHERE !! I include three emails (copied from my emails stored in the MailStore program in which I CANNOT change anything; I have ALL the emails available). S and T are also cowards, because they did not have the guts to inform me in 2012 why they ended the correspondence (why did they not have the guts? Because there was not ANY good reason).

But I know why! I also know why Tung persuaded Scaffidi to also end our constructive correspondence. You can read in the PDF (Tung email 1) that I only questioned the inconsistency of her remarks. Apparently she did not like that. And THAT is the reason why she ditched me and persuaded her student Scaffidi (then Koontz) to do the same, while Koontz did NOT have ANY reason at all (but she uncritically accepted the lies by her professor Tung). After their silence I tried to reach both of them several times (see PDFs: Tung email 2 and Scaffidi email 1). But in vain. For ten years I did not know WHY those cowards ended the correspondence. And after ten years they both keep on lying, at the cost of the integrity of Justin and me. Me bullying??? I find their attitude most disgusting, but I do not need any apologies from them; their apologies are considered by me to be meaningless.

Above all, I find it most disgusting of S and T that by lying to Justin they pushed Justin into a corner where he does NOT belong, discrediting him. In many, many emails Justin most patiently tried to defend S and T during the 2020-2022 battle I had with S and T. Moreover, the lies of S and T apparently caused Justin to end the correspondence with me, which would never have happened, if I would have known about the "bullying". THAT I am also extremely upset about. S and T damaged the integrity of Justin by lying to him (me bullying??????).


Tung and Scaffidi are cowards, because they ditched me in 2012 without informing me.

Tung and Scaffidi are liars because I never wrote anything "bullying" to them. And I have the evidence!

Tung and Scaffidi are liars, because they published falsified material (2020: Fig. 3ab)

Tung and Scaffidi are liars, because they do not admit that their 2020-"photos" are false.

Tung and Scaffidi are liars because they published a worthless "Erratum". Why?

Tung and Scaffidi are liars because they published worthless photos in that "Erratum". Why?

Tung and Scaffidi are liars because they never shared the original photos I repeatedly asked for, but they were never ever shared with me. WHY?? Justin Jennings agrees with me that the original photos should in any case have been published  along with any manipulated photo !!!!!! Justin also agrees with me that their "Erratum" does not address at all any of the serious issues that I raised and that the photos in their "Erratum" definitely are not the original photos. He also agrees with me that their 2020-Fig. 3ab illustrations are not originals, but manipulations.


Unfortunately, other academics (like Streeter of Wiley and Trudy Turner, the editor) bought their lies, without actually reading and accepting what I wrote several times and thus they as well ditched me. Therefore, this CASE is CLOSED (which means that I do not expect an amended and honest Erratum to be published anymore), but NOT the problems I have with S and T. Therefore, I will continue to expose T and S as liars and as unreliable "scientists", as I have done in the Beringa paper that I uploaded on 13-Aug-2022 (see the URLs below). Also in future publications I will continue to expose them as unreliable "scientists" and as manipulative liars.

TRACCE: https://www.rupestre.net/tracce/?p=15089

PDF available at ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/362684945_Van_Hoek_M_2020_The_Mislaid_Beringa_Petroglyph_In_TRACCE  


Thank you for your attention,

Maarten van Hoek

Rock art researcher since 1975


More details and many more revealing illustrations available in:





A final piece of advice. If any (academic) archaeologist wishes to publish a study about the archaeology of the Majes Valley (and/or an adjacent valley and/or any other coastal area of the Desert Andes) which involves remarks about the rock art in those areas, it will be wise to first consult (and then to refer to) the many publications about the rock art in those areas (see my bibliography). It may prevent making inexcusable errors or omissions regarding the rock art in those areas. This piece of advice especially applies to Prof. Tung and Prof. Scaffidi, who act and publish as if they have sufficient knowledge about Majes rock art (while they have not!).

© Maarten van Hoek - 2022
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