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  • Tom Hickcox
    My degree is in chemistry and I worked as an analytical chemist in industry as well as a lab supervisor. I have seen nothing online about what procedures are
    Message 1 of 5 , Dec 5, 2012
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      My degree is in chemistry and I worked as an analytical chemist in industry as well as a lab supervisor.

      I have seen nothing online about what procedures are going to be used.  I would WAG that the analyses are not the sort any lab can do, and I would surmise expertise in this sort of thing is very limited.  The lab or labs probably have a backlog and moving the tests to the front of the line isn't the sort of thing that is done w/o paying a lot or having a lot of clout.  For one thing, you aggravate clients who are ahead of you in line, and, while this issue is important to many of us, it doesn't rank very high in the general scheme of things.

      So, there are a lot of factors that might not be obvious to those here.

      Put away your conspiracy theories.

      Tom Hickcox
      Danville, Ky.

      On 12/5/2012 13:49, Mike Grondin wrote:
      Hi Stephen,
       
      What I find mysterious is that there's been no mention of the ink
      test lately. It was originally scheduled for (mid? end?) October, as
      I understand it. In the Nov 11th Boston Globe article that Tom
      Hickcox noted onlist, Karen King was quoted as saying that she
      was waiting for its results, but here we are 3-4 weeks later, and
      the recent AP article from Harvard Divinity School doesn't even
      mention it. Was it folded into the larger set of authenticity tests?
      Lisa Wangsness, the author of the Boston Globe piece, suggests
      so in her response (nothing confidential in it) to a note I sent her
      today, but it hasn't been confirmed:

      Hi Mike, My understanding is that the testing would begin mid-October but could take a couple of months and may not be ready in time for the Jan. issue of the HTR – and indeed the AP had something yesterday saying that the tests would not be completed in time for that edition. My understanding is that the ink tests are part of a series of tests all being done at once, including carbon 14 dating of the papyrus, although I have not interviewed those conducting the tests. I have been really busy with other stories so haven’t had time to check but will try! Thanks for your note. L

      Mike Grondin




    • Andrew Bernhard
      Tom- I greatly appreciate the perspective on laboratories that you are able to offer here. You offer a plausible enough explanation. However, I think that
      Message 2 of 5 , Dec 6, 2012
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        Tom-

         

        I greatly appreciate the perspective on laboratories that you are able to offer here. You offer a plausible enough explanation.

         

        However, I think that reason that people are growing concerned is that the more time goes by, the less we seem to hear about the tests. If there is a simple explanation like the one you propose, I just wish someone at Harvard would simply share it with a reporter following up on the story so we could get some kind of progress report.

         

        Best,

        Andrew

         

        From: gthomas@yahoogroups.com [mailto:gthomas@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Tom Hickcox
        Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2012 3:42 PM
        To: gthomas@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: Re: [GTh] on HTR delay in publishing "GJW"

         

         


        My degree is in chemistry and I worked as an analytical chemist in industry as well as a lab supervisor.

        I have seen nothing online about what procedures are going to be used.  I would WAG that the analyses are not the sort any lab can do, and I would surmise expertise in this sort of thing is very limited.  The lab or labs probably have a backlog and moving the tests to the front of the line isn't the sort of thing that is done w/o paying a lot or having a lot of clout.  For one thing, you aggravate clients who are ahead of you in line, and, while this issue is important to many of us, it doesn't rank very high in the general scheme of things.

        So, there are a lot of factors that might not be obvious to those here.

        Put away your conspiracy theories.

        Tom Hickcox
        Danville, Ky.

        On 12/5/2012 13:49, Mike Grondin wrote:

        Hi Stephen,

         

        What I find mysterious is that there's been no mention of the ink

        test lately. It was originally scheduled for (mid? end?) October, as

        I understand it. In the Nov 11th Boston Globe article that Tom

        Hickcox noted onlist, Karen King was quoted as saying that she

        was waiting for its results, but here we are 3-4 weeks later, and

        the recent AP article from Harvard Divinity School doesn't even

        mention it. Was it folded into the larger set of authenticity tests?

        Lisa Wangsness, the author of the Boston Globe piece, suggests

        so in her response (nothing confidential in it) to a note I sent her

        today, but it hasn't been confirmed:

        Hi Mike, My understanding is that the testing would begin mid-October but could take a couple of months and may not be ready in time for the Jan. issue of the HTR – and indeed the AP had something yesterday saying that the tests would not be completed in time for that edition. My understanding is that the ink tests are part of a series of tests all being done at once, including carbon 14 dating of the papyrus, although I have not interviewed those conducting the tests. I have been really busy with other stories so haven’t had time to check but will try! Thanks for your note. L

        Mike Grondin

         



      • Tom Hickcox
        Thanks, Andrew. I agree they could be more transparent about the process. They likely have a promised by date and could share that. Tom
        Message 3 of 5 , Dec 6, 2012
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          Thanks, Andrew.

          I agree they could be more transparent about the process.  They likely have a promised by date and could share that.

          Tom

          On 12/6/2012 19:53, Andrew Bernhard wrote:

          Tom-

           

          I greatly appreciate the perspective on laboratories that you are able to offer here. You offer a plausible enough explanation.

           

          However, I think that reason that people are growing concerned is that the more time goes by, the less we seem to hear about the tests. If there is a simple explanation like the one you propose, I just wish someone at Harvard would simply share it with a reporter following up on the story so we could get some kind of progress report.

           

          Best,

          Andrew

           

          From: gthomas@yahoogroups.com [mailto:gthomas@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Tom Hickcox
          Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2012 3:42 PM
          To: gthomas@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: Re: [GTh] on HTR delay in publishing "GJW"

           

           


          My degree is in chemistry and I worked as an analytical chemist in industry as well as a lab supervisor.

          I have seen nothing online about what procedures are going to be used.  I would WAG that the analyses are not the sort any lab can do, and I would surmise expertise in this sort of thing is very limited.  The lab or labs probably have a backlog and moving the tests to the front of the line isn't the sort of thing that is done w/o paying a lot or having a lot of clout.  For one thing, you aggravate clients who are ahead of you in line, and, while this issue is important to many of us, it doesn't rank very high in the general scheme of things.

          So, there are a lot of factors that might not be obvious to those here.

          Put away your conspiracy theories.

          Tom Hickcox
          Danville, Ky.

          On 12/5/2012 13:49, Mike Grondin wrote:

          Hi Stephen,

           

          What I find mysterious is that there's been no mention of the ink

          test lately. It was originally scheduled for (mid? end?) October, as

          I understand it. In the Nov 11th Boston Globe article that Tom

          Hickcox noted onlist, Karen King was quoted as saying that she

          was waiting for its results, but here we are 3-4 weeks later, and

          the recent AP article from Harvard Divinity School doesn't even

          mention it. Was it folded into the larger set of authenticity tests?

          Lisa Wangsness, the author of the Boston Globe piece, suggests

          so in her response (nothing confidential in it) to a note I sent her

          today, but it hasn't been confirmed:

          Hi Mike, My understanding is that the testing would begin mid-October but could take a couple of months and may not be ready in time for the Jan. issue of the HTR – and indeed the AP had something yesterday saying that the tests would not be completed in time for that edition. My understanding is that the ink tests are part of a series of tests all being done at once, including carbon 14 dating of the papyrus, although I have not interviewed those conducting the tests. I have been really busy with other stories so haven’t had time to check but will try! Thanks for your note. L

          Mike Grondin

           




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