The discovery was considered revolutionary at the time, and was thought to depict the first written example of the Basque language, 800 years earlier than previous examples, El Pais reported.
According to the newspaper, experts in philology and ancient history have questioned the emergence of Latin words with more modern features, such as the use of the letter J in Jupiter instead of the Latin spelling, “Jupiter” or “Octavian Augustus”, to refer to Emperor Augustus.
At first, Gil and his team defended their controversial findings from the “great confusion” they caused.
In a statement seen on the archived version of the excavation team’s website, which is no longer active, Gil and his team defended the findings, which they say consist of “an extensive set of graffiti – inscriptions and engraved graffiti on various media – of exceptional character from presented texts and topics. “
In February, Gil maintained his innocence in statements to reporters.
On Wednesday, the head of the court in Vitoria-Gasteiz found Gil guilty of forgery and fraud, sentencing him to two years, three months and 23 days in prison.