Attempts to clarify these matters ought to be made sooner rather than later.I want this thread to take some steps in that direction.I don't claim to have even come close to resolving all of the difficulties.
I intend to keep updating this thread as more information comes to light. The differences among these accounts weaken the accounts' credibility.If you think anything should be added or changed, you can leave a comment here or send me an email. date for the other end led to a garbled memory of 1200 A. Whatever the case, it's easy to think of ways in which these numbers could get garbled over time. But just as we don't want to underestimate the differences, we also don't want to overestimate them.(My email address can be found in my Blogger profile.) Note that comments submitted to this thread more than a few days after the thread originated will automatically go into moderation. Garbling would be more difficult to explain if the numbers had been, say, 200 A. It's common for the reporting of an actual event to become garbled over time.We have the blog set up that way in order to avoid having posts appear in old threads without our knowing of it. Often, a historical core of information will be surrounded by a lot of misinformation and contradictions (e.g., early reports of the death of Osama bin Laden).For a few decades, accounts have been circulating about alleged dating work done on a piece of the Shroud of Turin in the early 1980s.
Unfortunately, the accounts have been largely unsubstantiated, vague, and inconsistent.
If one of the accounts were to be accepted as accurate, would it even have much significance?
If you set out to study these issues in depth, you enter a labyrinth of garbled information, without much guidance and without a lot of hope of accomplishing much. Eyewitnesses and other sources relevant to the events in question are gradually dying off.
We'll keep monitoring the moderation folder, so any of your posts that go into moderation shouldn't be there long. It has to be lengthy in order to address such a complicated subject in the depth I intend. was more accurate, and he would sometimes correct the 1000 A. figure, whereas other times he'd let it pass without comment. Sometimes, disputes over what actually happened will go on for years, generations, or even centuries.
I can name some of the sources for my information below, but there are other sources I can't name for various reasons. In this case, there are some factors involved that help explain how poorly the story has been preserved.
Though not naming a source diminishes the significance of a claim, I think some of the information involved is valuable enough to warrant reporting it without being able to name the source. For example, it was an unofficial test, done privately, apparently with only a small number of people involved, with ambiguous and confusing results, results that conflict with later testing, pertaining to a highly controversial issue.