The carbon particles in the patina yield a radiocarbon age of approximately 2250 years BP (third century BCE). The presence of micro-colonial fungi and associated pitting indicates slow growth over many years. No modern elements related to the use of modern tools were found. All evidence indicates that the production of the tablet and the carving of its inscription occurred at essentially the same time..... We would like to emphasize that we found nothing suspicious to indicate that the JI [ Jehoash Inscription] is a forgery. We came to the conclusion that our analyses strongly support the antiquity of the patina, which, in turn, strengthens the contention that the inscription of the JI is authentic.....
By Amnon Rosenfeld
Emeritus, Geological Survey of Israel
Howard R. Feldman
Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School, a Division of Touro College
Division of Paleontology (Invertebrates), American Museum of Natural History
New York, NY
Department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences
Wolfgang E. Krumbein
Department of Geomicrobiology, ICBM
Carl von Ossietzky Universitaet, Oldenburg, Germany
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Thanks again for this additional translation of the judge's decision so that we could learn more about the trial. It was especially interesting to read the testimony from the epigraphers.
#1 - G.M. Grena - 05/28/2012 - 19:57
We seem to have moved in fairly short order from 'not beyond reasonable doubt a forgery' to something like 'almost certainly genuine'. Well, well.
#2 - Martin - 05/31/2012 - 14:58